Unit 2

The Thames

This year we have been looking at the central role that the Thames plays in the festive life of London. From Canaletto to The Clash, the Thames continues to provide a horizon of creativity on which the mythos of the city is brought to visibility.

Our research has focussed on the construction of the Embankment in the 1860s, and its impact on the city. Principally, we have been looking at the imposition of technology on the city and how the construction of the Embankment disrupted the symbolic life of London by severing the relationship between London and its river.

We studied seven seminal buildings along the Thames, all of which had a relationship with the river prior to the construction of the Embankment, revealing the impact of the Embankment on the city. Our research revealed a number of sites and topics which are critical to an understanding of the relationship between London and the Thames. These subjects were then evolved through further detailed investigation, and precipitated into thesis projects. The underlying theme has been one of civic recuperation, proposed through a more concrete understanding of the relationship between the topos and mythos of the city.

The Embankment was built under the Metropolitan Works Act, celebrating Queen Victoria’s Jubilee. This year is Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee, with the first Royal procession on the Thames for 35 years, re-inscribing the festive life of the city and the Thames on the poetic imagination of the nation.

Private Member’s Club Morning Room by Barnaby Meller


Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2


 Section through the public courtyard
Section through the public courtyard Barnaby Meller

Barnaby Meller 

 Creative arts studios detailed Section
An urban proposition next to the Hop Exchange Ben Hutton

Ben Hutton 

 The new Commonwealth Palace
The new Commonwealth Palace


 Brenda Leonard
Brenda Leonard


Sharon Azouz
Joel Howland
Ben Hutton
Graham Mateer
Campbell Patterson
David Phillips
Marina Shilev
Matt Wells
Emily Beaumont
Tom Benton
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Rory Gaylor
Andrew Laurie
Brenda Leonard
Donna Macfadyen
Barnaby Meller
Luke O'Bray
Nick Silk

Richard Heath
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Peter Roberts
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Peter Bishop
Peter Carl
Sandra Denicke-Polche
Elantha Evans
David Grandorge
James Grayley
David Hills
Edward Jones
Gwilym Jones
John Morgan
Robert Mull
Joseph Rykwert
Alex Stara
Andrew Stone
Hugh Strange
Ellis Woodman
Christopher Woodward
Pete Youthead