A Canvas on Which to Feast: AD publishes work from Azrieli School Option Studios

July 20, 2021

The latest AD (Architectural Design) journal features work by six Azrieli School master’s students from option studios led by Azrieli Visiting Critic Neil Spiller.


The special issue, titled Emerging Talents: Training Architects, is billed as “a survey of some of the best contemporary architecture student work in the world.” The 136-page publication is available for purchase in softcover or digital versions here: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/15542769

It includes work by the following students: Vedad Haghighi (Urban Dovecote); Kristine Prochnau (Man Ray and Lee Miller House); Melissa Wall (House, Gallery and Studio for Francesca Woodman); Sinan Husic (A De Chirican Space); Camille Ringrose (The Hunt) and Nick Bava (The Carnery.)


Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism is among 13 featured architecture schools across North America, the UK, and Europe.


“This issue showcases the students and teachers who are pushing the envelope of architecture in extraordinary ways, offering their insights into its future materiality and spatial dexterity,” says publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd. “It premieres a new young generation of architects who are likely to become names in the architectural profession and possibly important teachers themselves.”


Spiller came to Carleton for the winter 2020 term to run two six-week Master of Architecture option studios. He is the former Hawksmoor Chair of Architecture and Landscape and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich in London, England, and editor of AD.


“The milieu suited me perfectly, with its emphasis on hand drawings, art, narrative, poetry, prose, and experiment in both analogue and digital techniques,” he writes in an essay in the journal.


The first studio, A Canvas for the Imagination – The Artist in their Studio, invited students to design a Surrealist artist’s live/work accommodation in Ottawa’s arts district.


The second, Flora and Fauna – Feasting in the City, brought together a cuisine, an animal, and a plant to develop a surreal dining environment.


“Up until then, I had never run a six-week studio, and it seemed very fast; in both cases, the students had to design their buildings in two weeks and spend the next four weeks representing and finessing them,” says Spiller. “The intellectual content of the studio was to reveal to the students the interconnected nature of art, poetry, architecture and its history over the last six decades.”


The schools featured in the journal are: A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan; Architectural Association, London; Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London; Carleton University, Ottawa; CONFLUENCE Institute for Innovation and Creative Strategies in Architecture, Paris; Cooper Union, New York; University of Greenwich, London; KU Leuven, Belgium; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, New York; Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Los Angeles; Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne; Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand; and the University of Applied Arts, Vienna.


The following contributors/studio leaders wrote about their teaching methodologies and shared student work: Daniel K Brown, Jane Burry, Nat Chard, Odile Decq, Evan Douglis, Riet Eeckhout, Mark Garcia, Nicolas Hannequin, Perry Kulper, Elena Manferdini, Mark Morris, Hani Rashid, and Michael Young.


“There is a newfound interest in architectural education,” says the publisher. “The most forward-looking architecture schools worldwide are reinventing pedagogy in the hope of developing radical syllabi that are a rich mix of the virtual and the actual. Design education is changing and adapting to compensate for the new material changes to the discipline, and is being used to disentangle old, outmoded spatial practices and replace them with new paradigms of space and representation.”