Are centralised models of education and governance obsolete? Are we all migrants now escaping the cost of conventional models by being global, mobile and cooperative? Lost and Found looks at concepts of freedom and the future of education.
Kate Cheyne is Deputy Head of School of Architecture and Design at the University of Brighton. Educated at the Bartlett, University College of London, she is a registered Architect and co-founder and director of the award winning practice - Architects In Residence (A.I.R.) At A.I.R. she set up diverse cross-industry teams ranging from ship builders to fashion designers to develop alternative methods of fabrication. In 2010 she moved her practice knowledge into research and education where she is exploring cultural landscapes, rural industries and, through their growth and adaptation, a new rural architectural vernacular.
Tom Coward is an architect and an educator. He is a director of AOC Architecture, and teaches on the M.Arch at Kingston University. His practice includes school design, libraries and archives, exhibitions and museum environments. Recent projects include the Reading Room at Wellcome, the Public Spaces at the National Archives in Kew, and Somerset House Studios - a new experimental workspace in the centre of London connecting artists, makers and thinkers with audiences. Gaining recognition for inventive inquiry, participatory practice and characterful buildings, AOC operate at diverse scales for demanding clients.
Tom has taught as a practicing studio leader at leading schools of architecture in the UK and abroad continuously since 2002.
Maria Smith is a director of interdisciplinary architecture and engineering practice Interrobang. The practice was founded in 2015 within Webb Yates Engineers to develop collaborative and critically adventurous attitudes to creative problem solving. They were identified by Observer Architecture critic Rowan Moore as one of the ‘rising stars’ of 2017.
Prior to this, Maria Smith was a founding director of multi-award-winning art and architecture practice Studio Weave. She writes a regular column for the RIBA Journal exploring the dilemmas and challenges facing the profession. She ran Target:Practice a series of short experimental courses at The Cass on the relationship of education to practice and, together with Robert Mull and Phin Harper, curated the Turncoats series of architecture talks.
Torange Khonsari co-founded the art and architecture practice Public Works in 2004, an inter-disciplinary practice working on the threshold of participatory and performative art, architecture and related fields of anthropology. Always engaged with notions of civic in the city, their projects are socially and politically motivated and directly impact public space. They are currently working with local organisations, communities, UN Habitat, and local government bodies.
As a practice, Public Works is a vehicle that tests the academic research undertaken within her university teaching. Torange is currently teaching a masters program in UMA school of architecture in Sweden and is a senior lecturer at The Cass school of architecture. Published work includes ‘Public Works Enjoying the In-between’ in Planning the Unplanned, 2015 and ‘Contemporary Initiatives in Participatory Art and Architecture Practice’, Open house international journal, 2007.