I am a Tutor in Design and History & Theory at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Visiting Professor at Aarhus School of Architecture. I am Research Ethics Fellow at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment. Alongside my teaching and research, I am part of collaborative art practice Fugitive Images and of architecture collective Involve.
I use poetry and performance to explore the relation between people and place. I have exhibited, lectured and published work related to public housing, architecture, critical methodologies and site-specific practice.
My PhD thesis in Architectural Design, Make Public: Performing public housing in regenerating east London, explored the history and future of two east London housing estates undergoing regeneration: the Haggerston Estate, a 1935–8 London County Council neo-Georgian perimeter block demolished in 2014; and Balfron Tower, a 1965–7 Brutalist high-rise designed by Ernö Goldfinger facing refurbishment and privatisation in 2016. I was supervised by Professor Jane Rendell and Dr Ben Campkin, won a RIBA President’s Award for Research 2016 and received a High Commendation.
My research, art and cultural activist practice engages community groups whose homes and livelihoods are under threat from urban policy, and extends architectural education to primary and secondary school children. Through this collaborative practice I co-wrote and co-produced the feature-length documentary/fiction film, Estate, a Reverie. I co-curated a six-week project Real Estates, opening PEER up as a social, discursive and imaginative space around issues of housing and spatial justice in East London through a constantly changing series of exhibitions, screenings, discussions, readings and workshops. I developed an interactive website Balfron Tower: a building archive and co-coordinated a successful campaign to list Balfron Tower at Grade II*. Slab, a collection of concrete poems about life and loss in language and stone, will be published by Copy Press.
I am driven by an aspiration to defend welfare state architecture and revive the principles at its foundation.