I have tutored for seven years at leading universities across the UK, with excellent student feedback and a methodology that has enabled students to reach their goals and beat their daemons. Studying architecture is both fruitful and fun when it goes well, but it is also very challenging; and design is always a discussion, a dialogue. Sometimes the hardest part of a module is unpacking the design brief and establishing an excellent approach to thinking and design, sometimes a dissertation outline needs to be thrown about and discussed to see what you really want to do to get the most from your subject. I am here to guide you through the learning outcomes and to help you to achieve them, while developing your design and theory intentions and giving you essential feedback throughout. I have taught every kind of student and worked with a wide range of abilities and strengths and weaknesses; this path of learning is about your own personal development and grit and love of the subject. You may be a Da Vinci when it comes to drawing or you may be a Supergeek who loves wondrous diagrams and processes - Architecture needs you all!
Rates are based on the lowest tutoring rate at HE level in the UK. The first lesson is free to all students but is a half an hour introductory session.
Seven years teaching at HE Institutions across the UK has been the foundation of all future lecturing and tutoring, which is combined with a wide range of essential and complimentary professional practice in both architectural and engineering. Further work as a sculptor with an arts collective and as a singer and musician in bands add to the cultural and practical joy of working with space and with words. I am honoured to be the only architectural Jameel Scholar Alumni from Cardiff University, and also an Alumni of the Welsh School of Architecture.
Post doctoral researcher, Part Two Architectural Assistant with experience in public sculptures & redevelopment - under & postgraduate design studio &
dissertation tutor, lecturer & examiner
at UK Universities.
2016-2017: Leeds Beckett & Cardiff University Tutor and Examiner, BA(hons) and MA.
PhD (VIVA May 2017), Jameel Scholar at the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University entitled Beyond the Minaret: The Integral Design of a C21st Mosque Complex via an Embodied Adab (Ethos): All research on the notion of a devotional ethos known as adab - informed by Islamic Sufism - contribute towards a live mosque complex design project in the Midlands UK; aiming to serve the general Non-Muslim community as well as the client Muslim congregation. Design process includes establishing an Islamic Trust via British Law, fundraising, design consultation with local residents, and the judicious demolition and re-configuration and extension of a late 1800’s Non-conformist church, sunday school and public house urban block. Research and writing includes reviving the meaning of adab in its relation to traditional Islamic praxis, and the history of charitable service as urban design in the Ottoman period focusing on the dense urban fabric of Istanbul.
2014 - 2016: BA (Hons) Architecture Studio Design Tutor & Lecturer & MA Dissertation Tutor at De Montfort University (DMU): Working in a vibrant and rapidly growing school with dynamic and experienced educators who prioritise a technically grounded and educationally holistic architectural education. Increase of roles over the two year includes delivering the only Islamic Architecture history seminar series for undergraduates in the UK, and studio design tutoring in years 1 & 2. Working across all three years of the undergraduate course has granted a clear view of the vertical development of the student cohort.
2014 - 2015: BArch (Hons) Architecture Studio Design Tutor at Birmingham City University (BCU):
Establishing a strong first year student experience and course of modules as assistant to new head of year.
2011 - 2015: Undergraduate Lecturer and Dissertation Tutor and Marker at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA): Tutoring and lecturing and marking final work for 3rd year students’ final dissertations in the module Issues in Contemporary Architecture. Tutoring a fascinating range of topics with students looking at architecture as a multifaceted and culturally specific manifestation.
2009 - 2014: Undergraduate Design Studio Tutor at Nottingham Trent University School of Architecture (NTU): Highly rewarding tuition and marking of design modules in the 1st year architecture program of a growing and thriving new school, including overseeing a trip to Venice (where East and West meet, and where Palladio and Carlo Scarpa are neighbours). Marking of history essays and Diploma professional practice modules.
2007 – 2008: D5 Architects LLP - Architectural Assistant Part One; Producing drawings & physical models for various scales of projects, from a Proposed Airport Extension for Dublin, to a Community Centre in Birmingham. Completed design work ranging from Birmingham Airport to the Samaritans Birmingham headquarters. Work includes liaising with Clients, sourcing and specifying materials, working on initial sketch design processes; being part of a small busy design team in a successful and broadly based design practice.
2004 – 2005: Architectural Draughtsman with Architectural Technologist William Glover; Surveying and drawing up plan, section & elevation CAD drawings for planning permission. Working on restorations, conversions, and new builds.
2003 – 2004: J.P. Chick & Partners LTD Constructional Engineering Consultants; Drawing engineering details, sections, elevations, and plans. General CAD Technician for supermarkets, housing estates, garden centers and schools.
2003 – 2003: Riaza Language Services; Booking translators for private, legal and commercial clients. Typesetting a multitude of languages and graphically matching translated text to existing layouts.
2002 – 2003: Souk; Setting up a shop selling locally made art and furniture and fine North African, Middle and Far Eastern carpets, ceramics, music, books and clothes...a mini bazaar in the old part of Norwich! Gaining valuable commercial experience in running a small business.
•Throughout 2002: Oriental Rugs; Selling fine carpets in leading specialist store. Studying the rich history of kilims and carpets, gaining insight into styles, land and people specific designs, and weaving techniques.
• Previous work has included Silver Service Waiter (Royal Albert Hall, Hampton Court Palace, Greenwich Naval College, Westminster Gardens), Gardener, Barman, Painter and Restorer of Eastern European Furniture, Musician, Graphic Artist, Sculptor’s Assistant and Artist in Imaginary Beings Collective.
• PhD candidate - VIVA passed • Part Two RIBA / Diploma at Nottingham University - High Merit • Part One RIBA / B.A. Honours at Birmingham City University - High 2:1 • Access to Music, Norwich - Foundation in Music. The Norwich School of Art & Design - Foundation in Fine Art. • Art Scholarship at The Norwich School - A Levels: History of Art & Architecture (A), English Literature (B), Art (D... serious artistic differences, this is why you must follow the brief!!!), English Special Paper (Cambridge and Oxford entry requirement) in English Literature (Special Merit), • ((G.C.S.E’s: History (A*), Art (A*), English Literature (A*), English Language (A), Science (BB), Latin (B), French (B), Maths (C)).
Career Intentions and Other Interests
Alongside teaching, my academic research informs my understanding of how architecture intersects with social, ecological and economic realms of lived experience; the designed place where ethics and aesthetics meet. Academic work however needs to manifest in practice, so I intend to get back on site and get fully qualified. The original intention of PhD research was to also build if possible, working towards qualifying as an architect. I have worked solo recently on a small self build home in Sicily called Hidden House, looking east towards Mount Etna, clad in volcanic rock, entirely surrounded by lemon trees. I have also completed reconfiguration and interior design work - including an aluminium reception desk that is half croissant, half Airstream ‘travel trailer’ - at the very popular Custard Factory in Birmingham, and have worked on collective art projects including a Green Man sculpture as vertical forty foot tall garden also at the Custard Factory (working on the sculpture and installing its very own irrigation system), and solo on a sculptural fountain carved into a hillside in the garden of a Hampstead home. My first building site experience was growing up by the River Yare where my father built a steel boat at the bottom of the garden on which he has lived and which I have visited throughout its travels across the seas. I have written and performed music professionally, and am a fan of many forms of music throughout the world. I am fully committed to the idea that the arts in themselves, most of all the art of designing our built environment, can help to transform how we live and stand as an integral part of any society’s rich language. I continue, in my writing, designing and teaching, to appreciate the statement by Dalibor Vesely that ‘what the book is to literacy, architecture is to culture as a whole.’
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