Free Unit

Unit led by Robert Mull, Catrina Beevor & Peter Carl

About the Unit

In order to be effective, architects must connect what they design with how they feel about the world. They must mobilize their identity and personal resources in the service of what they believe not what they are told to believe by the mediated world of high architectural culture and education.

As a diploma/MA student you have an obligation to explore the limits of your personal design identity and develop certainties that are capable of sustaining you in practice. This is a unique privilege. The Free Unit will help you do this by offering an alternative to the traditional unit programme - giving you the opportunity to propose, develop and realize independent projects or to become involved in your own live projects supported by the professional infrastructure of the projects office.

The emphasis is on your personal position. So each student develops a detailed "contract" with themselves and the Free Unit detailing how, when what and where. Then each student is helped to identify external tutors and is given support to develop a personal tutorial team, what the studio calls your "friends". These ten friends are involved in directing, judging and in some cases finally assessing your work. Otherwise your projects are closely tutored and supported by the unit staff in the same way as a conventional unit.

In recent years students have carried out projects, which emphasise their personal histories, often returning to places they have known or wish to work in the future. The results have been moving and deeply felt and for many have become the basis of their future practice.

Students also use the unit to refine and launch their own practices and at its best the Free Unit marks the first stage of a students future practice rather than the final stage of their education.

This year there will the option for a limited number of students to work on projects and spend time in Moscow and Seoul supported by our new Moscow School of Architecture and the Korean National University of the Arts in Seoul.

Unit numbers are limited and access is by interview on the day after the Unit presentations.

The Forum Croydon by Josh Wyles

Exhibition details

P.V. Tuesday 25 June 2013, 6.30-10pm
Opening Wed 26 June - Fri 5 July 2013
Mon-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat 11am-5pm
Venue Spring House (1st Floor)
Unit Architecture Free Unit
Course Professional Diploma in Architecture RIBA Part 2
Architecture (MA)


 Operation Smile Centre 'In Morocco'
Operation Smile Centre J MacDonald

by J MacDonald 

Free Unit Show 2013


 Construction Manual for the Travelling Turtle
Construction manual for travelling turtle Georgia Neesham

by Georgia Neesham 

 Moscow Welcome Pavilion
Moscow Welcome Pavilion by Jonathan Tunney

by Jonathan Tunney 

Matt Atkins
Ben Barfield Marks
Tim Coles
Rachael Connaughton
Christian Cunningham
Angus Leung
Jeannine MacDonald
Georgia Neesham
Giovanni Petrolito
Alex Potter
Jonathan Tunney
Josh Wyles

Nicholas Blishen
Marcus Bowerman
Nick da Costa
Fred Gatley
Andy Hills
Ron Hobbs
Peter Hufton
Anatol Just
Torange Khonsari
Mika Masuda
Jen Ng
Lisa Rigolli
Alexander Wendt
Stewart Yates