Cass Cities is a bold venture

The shaping of cities is a vast collaboration in which we can all participate, but not without some skill and determination, and some focus on what kind of good we are wanting. When people with nimble design minds push their way forward and find a strong role it is usually productive, and our places come out the richer for it. Cass Cities is a bold venture, led by Professor MarkBrearley, to help with make that happen..

The Cass is amidst a golden opportunity. Our city is fast changing, and that change needs careful consideration, subtle steering. We are lucky that so many good people here, at the Cass, have an incisive contribution to make to the discussion about London, and about other cities, and to the process of change. Those people are able to initiate, to challenge, to observe. Those people have a flair for making good things happen. And there is also here a remarkable and ever evolving collection of students. At Aldgate we host a big bundle of enthusiasm, intelligence, creativity and skill. We are well embedded in this wonderful and bewildering city, and are laden with talented urbanists. They are observers, drawers, mappers, photographers, designers and proposers, plan makers, teachers, no-nonsense researchers, urban make-it-happen people and activists, architects who are able at once to be sensitive to, and rough with, the city.

So how could we not make all this more visible and start rolling a snowball, to somewhere high impact, and offer it all up to our city and the world? That is what we are doing now, with Cass Cities, and we are making it grow, excitedly rolling that snowball.

Expect to hear strong things about London and about cities from us here. Expect to see us making it up as we go along, seizing opportunities, linking up, fanning flames, being entrepreneurial, nurturing and helping. Affecting as well as understanding, being part of it not just watching. Following our convictions and using our flair to help make the city better.

Here you can find a taster of what we are doing, and some of the people involved, working from our room overlooking Whitechapel High Street, across the Cass, and beyond.

To find our more please contact Mark Brearley.

Urbanism at The Cass

Here are some examples of the extensive urban research we have been undertaking.

Urbanism at The Cass

Mark Brearley, Lara Kinneir, Fenna Haakma Wagenaar and Adam Towle

An architectural design laboratory in the CASS, pioneers of 'design as research', lead by Florian Beigel and Philip Christou.

Focuses on civic culture and urban research under the rubric of ‘practical wisdom’.

Also see these

More Made in Hayes

Updates on The Cass Made in Hayes projects

Where is Tottenham's Economy?

Audit of the depth of Tottenham High Street

Studio 13: Making in London

Mark Brearley and Jane Clossick

The East End Archive

Online resource focusing on the physical and conceptual East End of London.

Made in Hayes

Working with local public and private bodies in Hayes to propose and develop projects in the town centre and surrounding area.

Rainham Marches

A unique landscape and urban project

The Aldgate Project

A cross-disciplinary project, with 20 different groups of students engaging in products based in and developed in response to the area of Aldgate in East London.

Brazil Study Programme Living in the City

The School of Architecture continues to co-ordinate the Brazil Study Programme to explore transformative outcomes for a new approach to urbanism and professional collaboration.

Architecture Research Unit

An architectural design laboratory in the CASS, pioneers of 'design as research', lead by Florian Beigel and Philip Christou.

The Unpublishables #2 issue launch

Launch evening, Thursday 6th March

Launch evening for publication dedicated to young architects developing their own written polemics, research and thought pieces.


Professor Florian Beigel

Director of ARU

Teaches on Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA Parts 1 and 2.

Professor Mark Brearley

Associate Professor and Head of Cass Cities

Architect who has concentrated for twenty-six years on urban projects and nurturing the evolution of places.

Professor Peter Carl

Leader of PhD in Architecture

Teaches on Professional Diploma in Architecture-RIBA Part 2 (Free Unit Tutor).

Philip Christou

Co-Director of ARU

Teaches on Professional Diploma in Architecture - RIBA Parts 1 & 2.

Dr Jane Clossick

Find out more about our lecturer in Urban Design

Dr Jane Clossick worked at architectural practices in London and Manchester before studying her PhD and lecturing at London Met.

Sarah Considine

Associate of Cass Cities and guest teacher with The Cass Cities courses

Engaged in urban change through her role in the Mayor of London’s Regeneration team, working on place-shaping projects, strategies and research across London.

Sandra Denicke-Polcher

Deputy Head of the School of Architecture

Sandra Denicke-Polcher has been Deputy Head of the School of Architecture since 2013 and has been teaching the Live Projects Studio 3 at London Metropolitan University since 2000.

Danielle Hewitt

Cass Culture Research Coordinator

Cass Culture Research Coordinator

Lara Kinneir

Senior Lecturer

Lara is interested in people and places, and applying an in-depth understanding of the processes required to deliver positive urban change.

Mark Smith

Cass Cities and teaches on the BA (Hons) Architecture

Mark is an architect and urbanist whose primary interest is in the public places, landscapes and everyday life of the city.

Adam Towle

Teaches Cass Cities MA Spatial Planning and Urban Design

A Cass Cities MA studio and exploration teacher, Adam is a founding associate of Cass Cities and Mark Brearley’s office at The Cass.

Fenna Haakma Wagenaar

Guest studio teacher, MA Spatial Planning and Urban Design

Fenna is a guest studio teacher on the MA Spatial Planning and Urban Design course and is an associate of Cass Cities.

Ellis Woodman

Co-leader of Dissertation Studio 12: London Walks

Ellis Woodman practised as an architect before becoming a full-time writer and editor in 2003.

Recent news from The Cass

MA students build flat-pack educational space

Learning by play

A group of cross-disciplinary students explore play through design and discovery.

Alumni directs his second feature film, Scales

"How Do You Weigh Trust?"

Film and Broadcast Production BA alumni Nathan Hannawin is directing and crowdfunding for his second feature film, Scales.

On the water in Hayes

Studio 3 go kayaking.

Architecture students from Studio 03 continue working in Hayes.

Recent Film Successes

News from London, Italy and LA

Current students visit London Film Festival and Cass Alumni find success abroad.

Open Field: Louise Sayarer

31 October – 3 December 2016

Second residency announced in new fine art residency programme at The Cass.

Unseen Radiohead portraits

Exhibition by photographer and The Cass technician Sebastian Edge includes unseen portraits of Radiohead.

Tak Tak Tak – Built

Fundraising campaign success

Calais Kids Space for unaccompanied children completed by Tak Tak Tak team.

Fuzz photography exhibition

4 - 6 November 2016

A photographic show by Cass alumni that presents work somewhere between completely true and completely false.

Cavespace in Pimlico

Crowdfunding for new project and gallery space

Fine Art BA alumna Karen Turner is crowdfunding for Cavespace.

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities

10 to 12 October 2016

Senior Lecturer, Gina Pierce, will be presenting a paper at the Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities Conference at the Lowry Centre in Salford this month.

Young talent recognised

Winner to be announced 28 October

Cass student Shenpei Ha is shortlisted in the international Young Talent Architecture Award (YTAA).

Festival success for The Cass

17-24 September 2016

Hundreds attend exhibition of work by Cass design graduates and alumni for London Design Festival 2016.

Film production collective head to Poland

Find out how to support the project

Final year Cass Film students are crowdfunding their graduation film set in Poland.

Stirling Prize 2016

Sucess for Cass Tutor's Practice

The gallery designed for Damien Hirst by The Cass tutor Peter St John's practice Caruso St John has won the prestigious Stirling Prize 2016.

Cass tutor's practice is shortlisted for the Stirling Prize

The gallery designed for Damien Hirst by The Cass tutor Peter St John's practice Caruso St John is shortlisted for the prestigious Stirling Prize 2016.