Graham Perring has led design studio 06 on the BA (Hons) Architecture course since 2014 at the
School of Architecture & Design (SoAD), University of Brighton, UK.
Connective Architecture in studio 06:
Bridging between our senses and the physical world beyond, we look for ways to create buildings which articulate connection between body and landscape. Architecture is conceived as an instrument which has potential to build relationships with and convey new understandings of the world we live in.
Within studio 06 we initiate processes which explore resources and characteristics of the local context not limited to conventional modes of architectural site analysis. In order to experience a sense of connection with landscape we must first be able to recognise our relationship with the dynamic processes at work.
Students undertake studies of ecologies; research into local crafts and related industries; seek to uncover historic land uses; conduct interviews with local interest groups. We privilege collaborative working through meaningful participatory engagement which invites wider exploratory investigation and provides platforms for alternative modes of enquiry.
These processes inform a dialogue, developed through detailed observation studies, research, drawings and made work, which allows students to articulate the complex and multi-scalar set of inter-connected relationships born out of distinct local conditions. Working with a place-specific vocabulary of related elements which speak implicitly about the local language and material cultures of the site, students are able to develop meaningful propositional architecture which demonstrates relevance to local conditions.
body and landscape; connective architecture; movement; natural and social ecologies; time-sensitive architectures
2014 – 2015 Graham Perring, Andrew Paine
2015 – 2016 Graham Perring, Andrew Paine
2016 – 2017 Graham Perring, Andrew Paine
2017 – 2018 Graham Perring, Dr Sarah Stevens , Andrew Paine
2018 – 2019 Graham Perring, Dr Cristian Olmos Herrera, Andrew Paine
2019 – 2020 Graham Perring, Dr Cristian Olmos Herrera, Andrew Paine
Beyond Public Space: Design-Make Pavilion_2019
Connective architecture in the High Weald_2016
Design-Make residency at the Woodland Enterprise Centre, Flimwell_2016
Approach to teaching in BA studio