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The Kingston Academy STEM initiative session with Astudio and Elliott Wood

28 July 2017

Images from the Astudio and Elliott Wood session in support of The Kingston Academy STEM initiative to get girls interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Astudio and Elliott Wood are the architects and engineers currently involved in the refurbishment of The Kingston Academy which just started on site. This month, Viola Maffessanti, Lucia Da Villa and Petra Funk from Astudio with Gemima Walker and Jessica Mill from Elliott Wood spent an afternoon with 24 girls from The Kingston Academy, Latchmere Primary and Fern Hill Primary speaking about roles and responsibilities in architecture and engineering, presenting our work at The Kingston Academy and running creative workshops. The immersive workshops explored the roles of the client, designer and builder within a design project, and alternative designs for a central area of The Kingston Academy redevelopment. 

Hari Tanks' LSA submissions Astudio Way and Beyond building

26 July 2017

Astudio’s Hari Tank handed the last of his LSA work in this Monday and his academic year has come to an end! Reason for all of us to celebrate with some of the cup cakes Hari brought to the studio today as a thank you gift.

For his LSA submission Hari produced ASTUDIO WAY, a reflective manual explaining the process of Astudio’s practice including case study and critical analysis, and BEYOND BUILDING, a manifesto which outlines his own trajectory as a practitioner and his ideas how he would like future practice to evolve.

Alongside PDP and Haworth Tompkins, Astudio was leading this year’s design think tank Architectural Agency at the LSA. Max Rengifo provided the think tank brief, and Steve Westcott contributed to teaching programme.

More about the LSA programme and to apply here.

Astudio Masterclass Sustainability in Practice

10 July 2017

"Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it is the only thing that ever has." / Margaret Mead

Astudio Masterclass this morning: Working on the continuous development of the Astudio Future Timeline to explore and discover how we are putting sustainability at the core of our business practice, and our research + development and architectural projects.

The Future Timeline, developed by the research group at Astudio, sets out both the technological and social step changes required in confronting the huge challenges facing the planet. These sociological and technological advances are underpinned by motions in current legislation, issues of future governance, environment, economy, urban development, and infrastructure. Recognizing the urgency in response to the crisis, the timeline highlights just how little actual conceptual and visionary thinking has permeated into our urban environment and emphasizes how much more ambitious we could be.

 

 

 

First Astudio Late at the London Festival of Architecture

06 June 2017

The first Astudio Late with Pecha Kucha-style presentations and an exhibition of Astudio projects past and present was an enjoyable evening and a good opportunity for us to present, discuss and debate our ideas and projects over drinks with everyone who came along last Friday.

 

The presentations of Astudio Research + Development and architectural projects covered collaborations with Brunel students (from Growing Mushroom Structures to Bio-responsive Buildings), modular housing, living architecture / algae facades, Future City, the Living Coastline and Portland art / architecture projects as well as two of our most recent projects, East Wick & Sweetwater and 70 Wilson. Afterwards, Astudio architects, project collaborators from the Low Carbon Trust and HTS engineers, and students from Brunel University were at hand to answer questions and to give even more in-depth information.

 

Astudio projects in collaboration with Brunel students will be presented again this year at MADE IN BRUNEL. More details to follow. Please book here.

 

From 23 to 25 June 2017, there will be the first London School of Architecture summer show at Somerset House featuring new designs for the future of London from Design Think Tank projects developed by LSA Architectural Agency students, with support from Astudio and a range of architectural practices. More info can found here and here.

 

More info and booking details for this year's London Festival of Architecture events available here.

 

Brunel students present collaboration projects with Astudio

20 April 2017

Aleksi Vesaluoma, Lisa Kowalewski and Isobel Scott from Brunel University gave the Astudio team some catch-up presentations of our collaboration projects, ranging from mushroom structures to bio-responsive buildings and urban balcony farms.

The projects will be on public display at this year's Made in Brunel exhibition. The mushroom structures can be seen as part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017 events. 

More info to follow!

 

 

DESIGNING WITH NATURE - EXPLORING ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS IN ARCHITECTURE

09 March 2017

Emma Flynn's presentation DESIGNING WITH NATURE at Ecobuild 2017. The Astudio Research and Development group, led by Emma, investigates new ways of seeing and thinking about the challenges we face in the industry. With this group, we explore visionary concepts that enable us to consider how we may cross boundaries taking us out of architecture and work with different fields of expertise that can help us solve sustainable construction in new ways. We look to the future to propose buildable solutions today. One result of our research and development initiatives is the recent establishment of a new enterprise, 63000Homes, to produce and install low-cost high-quality homes using off-site construction technology.

Emma is a practicing architect and design researcher. Her work focuses on the future architectural landscape in relationship to nature, exploring environmental responsiveness and resilience in the context of climate change and resource depletion. Straddling the boundaries between sustainability, technology and design, her work is highly collaborative and multidisciplinary, involving both industry and academia. She is a writer and tutor at various schools of architecture, e.g. Environmental Design at The Bartlett, UCL, and has established a long-term research partnership with Brunel University, developing design-research projects with students.

'Designing with Nature', the ongoing collaboration between Astudio and Brunel University unites students and academics from the far-reaching fields of product design, engineering, biology, computer science and business, and architects at Astudio to develop a new series of materials, products and processes for the built environment.

Emma discussed the principles of nature facilitate the move towards a circular economy in building design, the role of biomimetics in the design and development of new materials and structuresand cross-disciplinary collaboration as a method of unlocking solutions to the complex issues of future sustainability.

More info on the Ecobuild website here.

London School of Architecture students exploring design and economics at Astudio

23 January 2017

Presentation for London School of Architecture students at Astudio this afternoon, looking at the connection between economics and design in architecture with Richard Hyams

More about the London School of Architecture programme here.

Astudio seeking Architectural Assistants

05 January 2017

ASSISTANT ARCHITECT

We currently have opportunities for architectural assistants to join our innovative London studio. Ideally, you will have proven experience working as an architectural assistant within a leading design practice and demonstrate strong communication skills and a passion for design. You should have an innate ability to listen and share your experiences, and be used to working in a collaborative team environment.

About you:

  • 2–3 years post-Part II experience
  • Proven background in creative collaboration with multi-disciplinary teams, from concept through to on-site supervision
  • Knowledge and passion for working on a variety of projects, including residential and commercial
  • Creative initiator with curiosity, enthusiasm and a “can do” attitude.
  • Strong proficiency in digital design tools including Revit, Aecosim, Rhino, Microstation, 3D Studio Max, Adobe Suite
  • Desire to develop strong leadership, management, and mentoring skills
  • Experience in 3D building massing and conceptualization
  • Strong understanding of tender documentation detailing

 

What you will do:

  • Participate in all project phases but initially post RIBA stage 3
  • Collaborate with design team, clients, consultants, contractors, fabricators, regulatory agencies, and other vendors to meet overall project objectives
  • Prepare graphic/narrative reports and presentations communicating the design process, research and concepts
  • Manage presentations and production of detailed design documentation drawings
  • Assist in managing client expectations, team communication and consultant coordination
  • Act as a team member in coordinating and reviewing of work outputs
  • Contribute to office activities, initiatives and learning programmes
  • Interact through projects and other office-wide initiatives to be part of the Astudio team

About your future:

This position offers an excellent opportunity for personal development and career progression, together with a competitive remuneration and benefits package in a positive working environment with a healthy attitude to work-life balance and a studio vision to leave the place better than we found it.

Please apply with your CV and examples of your work to: info@astudio.co.uk

Sorry, no agencies.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM ASTUDIO

22 December 2016

Astudio will be closed between 23 December 2016 and 3 January 2017 for the winter break. We are looking forward to working with you again in the New Year!

Gingerbread competition at ASTUDIO

21 December 2016

ASTUDIO organised a Christmas-inspired gingerbread house baking and building competition. The winning design was Tower Bridge. Congratulations to Aart, Roger, Lucia and Nina!