Matt Reed + Dr Poorang Piroozfar, Brighton in 4D: augmented reality

6pm Tuesday 7th December, Teams

You have never met someone at a place unless it was also at a time. And you have never met someone at a time unless it was in a place.

We can be standing on one spot on the Earth, and that physical location is the same as it was yesterday, a hundred years ago, or ten thousand. Yet on that same spot there might have been all kinds of activity. The site’s features might have changed over time, but the location is still one and the same. Could these “ghosts” from our perceived past, help us to further understand our place within space and time and better inform our understanding of the built environments we live in? Could augmented reality as a time-based medium somehow simulate time-travel by allowing us to experience things that stood in a location, in a different time, in a much more immersive way than photographs or recorded media have ever been able to do?

Matt will discuss his ongoing work on developing these proposals into a live project in Brighton with Dr Poorang Piroozfar who has been engaged in the realisation of the work with the MAVRiC Research Group.

Matt Reed is a freelance inter-media artist and designer specialising in architectural and stained glass design, video production and bespoke wallpapers for film and television. He has worked for all of the major TV networks and has had his work shown in London’s Institute of Contemporary Art and The National Portrait Gallery. His work is also included in a book entitled “The 100 Best Stained Glass Sites in London” which charts work in locations around London by some of the most respected artists working in stained glass between 1399 and 2015.

Matt is currently studying for an MA in Architectural and Urban Design at the University of Brighton where he is exploring new ways of working with technology such as Augmented Reality and 3d scanning.

Poorang is a Reader in SoATE. Before moving into full-time into academia after his PhD in the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, he practised as an architect and an urban designer for over ten years. His research investigates the drivers, requirements, benefits and responses to deployment of advanced technologies in Architecture, the Built Environment and Construction, and triangulates people, information, technology and environment to find out the most viable and highly acceptable solutions to the problems in the field. His work involves both hard and soft technologies, as well as the socio-cultural and human-machine interactions to achieve this goal.

Poorang is co-founder and director of @BEACON (Advanced Technologies in the Built Environment, Architecture and CONstruction) research group, founder and immediate past director of BERG (Built Environment Research Group), founder and director of Digital Construction Lab, at School of Environment and Technology, University of Brighton, UK, co-founder and chairman of NoNames Design Research and Studies, founder and director of MAVRiC (Mixed, Augmented and Virtual Reality inter-Connected) research group and a British Council Fund Reviewer.


ExDP Conversations 2021

The ExDP Conversations series aims to offer a forum for the discussion of evolving and ongoing research through which we might offer peer support and review. The series begins in December 2021 with an initial conversation on the Tuesday 9th December at 6pm.

Do get in touch if you would enjoy the opportunity of a conversation around your work.

Nada Subotincic + Nat Chard

6pm, Tuesday 9th November, Teams

For the next in our series of Autumn events we are delighted to organise a viewing of Nat Chard and Nada Subotincic in conversation with Sam Lynch.

Nada Subotincic has been a professor of architecture for 32 years in Turkey, Denmark, Canada, & U.S.A. She most recently left MEF University in Istanbul to co-found a small museum in Montreal called Ceci n’est pas un musée. Since 2006 she has been collaborating with the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles, designing exhibition spaces. Her creative research includes: ‘Interpretation of Rooms,’ an ongoing spatial analysis of Sigmund Freud’s consulting room and study; ‘Incarnate Tendencies – An Architecture of Culinary Refuse,’ a social and architectural re- evaluation of food preparation consumption in Jamie Horowitz and Paulette Singley (eds), Eating Architecture (MIT, 2004); ‘Anaesthetic Induction,’ an enquiry into Duchamp’s Le Grand Verre & Étant Donné, in Chora: Intervals in the Philosophy of Architecture (McGill/Queen’s; Press); and a photographic exploration of technology, architecture and the body in Alberto Pérez-Gómez, Polyphilo or the Dark Forest Revisited – An Erotic Epiphany of Architecture (MIT, 1992).

Nat Chard is Professor of Experimental Architecture at the Bartlett, University College London, following professorships at the Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen, the University of Manitoba and the University of Brighton. He taught at the Bartlett throughout the nineties. He is an architect registered in the UK and has practiced in London. His work has been published and exhibited internationally. His research practice develops means of discussing uncertain conditions in architecture and the recent work has been acted out through a series of drawing instruments. With Prof. Perry Kulper he won the competition for Pamphlet Architecture 34 (Fathoming the Unfathomable).

The event will be held on Teams at 6pm, Tuesday 9th November

Oliver + Kasia Wilton: The Cork House

Teams, 6pm, Tuesday 19th October

For the third of our Autumn events we are delighted to have Oliver Wilton join us to discuss his work on the Cork House. The house has won many awards including the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize, The Manser Medal, Wood Gold Award, RIBA National Award, RIBA South Sustainability Award and was short listed for the Sterling Prize. The work on this collaborative project was part funded by Innovate UK and EPSRC, and an article on the research also won the 2019 RIBA President’s award for Design and Technical Research. More on the Cork House here:

Oliver is an architect and academic, and associate professor of environmental design at the Bartlett, UCL where he has taught for over twenty years. He has taught at numerous other Universities including Cambridge, Aarhus and we were also very fortunate to have him with us in the MArch here at Brighton a few years ago.Kasia and Oliver collaborate in their Hove based practice WW Studio which collaborated on the Cork House which they will speak with us about tonight.

The talk will be held on Teams, 6pm, Tuesday 19th October:

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Perry Kulper 6pm 28th September 2021

in the margins’

We are delighted to have Perry Kulper join us for the second of our Experimental Design Practices REG autumn events on Tuesday 28th September at 6pm (online – link to follow). Perry will discuss a cross section of work, with an emphasize on process and how the work happens.


Perry is an architect and associate professor of architecture at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. He previously taught for 17 years at the Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles and held visiting teaching positions at the University of Pennsylvania and Arizona State University. He has worked for Eisenman/ Robertson; Robert A.M. Stern Architects; and Venturi, Rauch, and Scott Brown Architects.

Perry is engaged with the generative potential of architectural drawing, the different spatial opportunities of diverse design methods, and interested in broadening the conceptual range by which architecture contributes to our cultural imagination. In 2013, he published Pamphlet Architecture 34, Fathoming the Unfathomable: Archival Ghosts and Paradoxical Shadows with Nat Chard with whom he also co-authored Contingent Practices.

All welcome.

The talk will be held online, links to follow.

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ExDP Autumn Events

We have an exciting programme of upcoming events this autumn. Links will be sent by email.

Tuesday 7th September, 11am Teams (recording posted below)

Murray Fraser, Professor of Architecture and Global Culture, Bartlett School of Architecture UCL

Tuesday 28th September, 6pm

Perry Kulper, Associate Professor of Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan

Tuesday 19th October, 6pm

Oliver Wilton, Associate Professor of Environmental Design and Director of Technology, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Tuesday 9th November, release

Nat Chard, Professor of Experimental Architecture, Bartlett School of Architecture in conversation with Nada Subotincic, Professor, Faculty of Architecture University of Manitoba


Professor Murray Fraser


As the first of our autumn events we were delighted to have Professor Murray Fraser join us on Tuesday 7th September at 11am (Teams) to discuss the history of design research in architecture and its various potentials.

Murray has published extensively on architectural design, architectural history & theory, urbanism, globalisation, post-colonialism, design research and cultural studies. His book Design Research in Architecture is now a standard work in its field and forms part of book series also titled ‘Design Research in Architecture’, now published by UCL Press, which he co-edits. Murray has an amazing breadth of experience and probably needs little introduction, but there is a bio below that attempts to pick up just some of the things he has been engaged in. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to have him join us on Tuesday.

The video of the presentation is below.

Upcoming events:

6pm 28th September Perry Kulper
6pm 19th October Oliver Wilton


ExDP REG 2021 Prize: movement

Our symposium this year explored work that reflects on what it means to be in constant motion, and how we might reconsider design through this lens. Our 2021 Experimental Design Practices REG Student Prize continued this focus. We were interested in seeing work from all courses and levels which engages with experimental process to understand the implications of movement. The prize therefore foregrounds process and its impact on conclusions.

Students in all courses and levels in the School of Architecture & Design at the University of Brighton were invited to submit their explorations on the subject of movement for the Experimental Design Practices REG 2021 Prize. We wished to see what was at stake in the work, how this was explored and how the understanding garnered through this process informed any final proposal.

We live our lives through movement. From the movement of others around us, to the movement of the cells within our own bodies, nothing is truly still. Movement can however be a less explored foundation for design, and we received a wide rang of exciting exploratory work engaging with these concerns this year. The winner was Solange Leon Iriarte, MA Sustainable Design:


Sam Lynch: Slippery Time

This is a presentation I gave as part of the Temporal Drawing Event hosted by the Drawing Research Network at Loughborough University. The talk speculates on how the simultaneous manifestation of multiple times may occur in the creative process as a method of invention, generating a larger critical discourse on creative methods in research practice. It does so through the discussion of an ongoing body of drawings and research that stem out of my investigations into temporal drawing. With an interest in the time-based relationships of both the architecturally propositional drawing (as a projection of a future place, with its own inhabitations and unfoldings) and the drawing process itself (as an instigator of imagined futures), I ask what the possible connections between these temporalities might unearth, and what consequences they may have on space and place in the territory of the drawing.

19th April,Movement: Experimental Design Practices ’21 symposium

Join us on the 19th April for the inaugural symposium of the Experimental Design Practices Research & Enterprise Group. The online event brings together practitioners, artists, engineers, theorists, academics and architects from the UK, Norway, Spain and Denmark to reflect on their practice engaging with movement.

We live our lives through movement. From the constant flux around us, to movement of the very cells of our own bodies, nothing is truly still. Movement is fundamental, yet how this frames our experience is a sometimes less explored foundation for design. The symposium begins to explore work that reflects on what it means to be in constant motion and how we might reconsider design through this lens.

Online Symposium Monday 19th April 2021

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Edouard Cabay, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)

Cabay is a Belgian-Swiss, Barcelona-based architect where he is both the founder and principal of Appareil, an experimental architectural office, directs research and academic programmes at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC), and runs Machinic Protocols, an experimental project into creative automation.  His predominant interest in the notion of craft has brought both his architectural and artistic practices to question seeming dichotomies such as chance and intent, situated in the parallelism of the analogue and digital, frequently blurring their distinction. His research often aims at staging indeterminable situations, exploring, through protocols and automation, self-informing processes of a reciprocal nature that are capable to simultaneously generate and become. His investigations into different materialities related to drawing, painting or spatial interventions that he calls micro-geographies opens up the discourse of what determines a creative process, and how a beautifully designed system of iterative translations can bring about directed yet infinitely surprising outcomes.

Charlotte Erckrath, Bergen School of Architecture

Charlotte Erckrath works with drawings, texts and the making of spatial devices. In her work architecture is discussed as an open territory. Her interests range from visual and measuring devices to descriptive geometry, pictorial exploration and theories of architectural drawing. Erckrath currently holds a position of assistant professor at the Bergen School of Architecture in the field of DAV (‘Den Andre Verden’ : the other view).

Mathilde Marengo, Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC)

Mathilde Marengo is an Australian – French – Italian Architect, with a PhD in Urbanism, whose research focuses on the Contemporary Urban Phenomenon, its integration with technology, and its implications on the future of our planet. Within today’s critical environmental, social and economic framework, she investigates the responsibility of designers in answering these challenges through circular and metabolic design. She is Head of Studies, Faculty and PhD Supervisor at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia’s Advanced Architecture Group (AAG), an interdisciplinary research group investigating emerging technologies of information, interaction and manufacturing for the design and transformation of the cities, buildings and public spaces. Within this context, Mathilde researches, designs and experiments with innovative educational formats based on holistic, multi-disciplinary and multi-scalar design approaches, oriented towards materialization, within the AAG agenda of redefining the paradigm of design education in the Information and Experience Age. Her investigation is also actuated through her role in several National and EU funded research projects, among these Innochain, Knowledge Alliance for Advanced Urbanism, BUILD Solutions, Active Public Space,  Creative Food Cycles, and more. Her work has been published internationally, as well as exhibited, among others: Venice Biennale, Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale, Beijing Design Week, MAXXI Rome.

Hugo Mulder, University of Southern Denmark

Hugo Mulder is a lecturer and researcher in architectural movement at the University of Southern Denmark. He has a degree in civil engineering from Delft University of Technology and has worked as a design engineer for Arup in Amsterdam and London, where he specialised in the design of movable building structures. In 2013 he moved to Denmark to conduct doctoral research in architectural movement at the IT University of Copenhagen with a research stay in SIAL at RMIT in Melbourne. Hugo will speak about his research and the development of a framework that brings together philosophy of mind, the tectonics of kinetic architecture and notions of building intelligence.


Susans Robertson, University of Brighton

Susan Robertson is a Principal Lecturer and Academic Programme Leader in Architecture and Planning at the University of Brighton. Her research is concerned with urban and architectural mobilities.  This research has centred on the spatial and social aspects of urban infrastructures and specifically street space, investigating relationships between design thinking, representations, mobile practices and experiences of users and observers.  Susan practiced as a senior architect with Denys Lasdun and as principal in her own practice, completing a number of projects in the UK and mainland Europe.  Her research is transdisciplinary and often collaborative with social scientists and artists.  She has published articles in Cultural Geographies, Literary Geographies and Mobilities journals, contributed chapters to a number of books including Hauck, T., Keller, R. & Kleinekort, V. (eds) Infrastructural Urbanism: addressing the in-between (DOM 2011) and Researching and Representing mobilities: transdisciplinary encounters (Palgrave Macmillan 2014).  Ongoing work is on illumination and re-construction of territorial edges through photography (2019) and most recently concerned with the coastal urban edges of Brighton and Havana, Cuba.

Matthew Rosier, Artist

Matthew Rosier is an artist who creates installations and experiences for the public realm. His research led, collaborative and site responsive practice engages with the built environment, heritage, sustainability and technology. Matthew studied architecture at Oxford Brookes and University College London, and completed a one year residency at Fabrica, a design research centre in Italy. Notable previous projects include Shadowing, a series of interactive streetlights that tour cities internationally, nominated as a 2015 Design of the Year; The Lost Palace, an interactive experience for Historic Royal Palaces in central London, winner of several awards including the 2017 Museum + Heritage Innovation Award; and 108 Steps, a projection installation for Cheshire East Council in Macclesfield, winner of the 2019 London Contemporary Art Prize Public Vote. Outside of his artistic practice Matthew teaches architecture at Oxford Brookes, and campaigns on behalf of the Architects Climate Action Network.


Matthew Turner, Chelsea College of Arts

Matthew Turner was born in The Black Country and is the author of the novella Other Rooms (Hesterglock Press 2019). His first collection of short stories will be published by Dodo Ink in 2021. He is a Lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts and a Visiting Professor of Architecture and Visual Theory at the University of Bergen. He lives in London.


Sarah Stevens, University of Brighton

Sarah Stevens is an architect, design and architectural humanities tutor. Sarah’s research interests focus on architectural engagement with temporality, ambiguity and uncertainty explored through agendas of sustainability and architectural experience. This work directly informs her teaching and design studio agendas and was informed by her PhD in responsive architecture, focusing on kinetic facades sponsored by Arup. She is a Principal Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Brighton and has previously run design units at the Bartlett, Oxford Brookes and collaborated on the Moving Through MA course at the Bergen School of Architecture.


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