Studios and units 2017-18
An undergraduate 'studio' (or postgraduate 'unit') is a smaller study group taken by Year 2 and 3 undergraduate students in art, architecture and design and postgraduate architecture student at The Cass. Each studio is led by a member of academic staff, often in association with a professional practitioner or organisation. At the start of the year, the leaders of each studio present their studio's themes, position and approach to all students during a 'market day'. Students then choose their preferred studio from the wide range of issues, methods of working and types of projects available. The studio approach brings many benefits including smaller and more focused teaching groups, a joined up approach to modules, experience of professional practice, collaboration and teamwork, opportunities to exhibit and even an element of healthy competition. If a studio isn't popular enough with our students it doesn't run- so our academic staff work hard every year to make sure that they are appealing, engaging, challenging and relevant.
Our Dissertation Studios for Year 3 students are a unique development of cross-school enterprise, Cass Culture, which looks at the history and theory of cultural ideas. This allows students from a range of disciplines to develop their dissertations under the supervision of an expert.
Our studios evolve year on year. You can see details of older studios in our studio archive.
Studio 3D 01: Amalgam
Cathy Stack, Peter Marigold (Studio Leaders) and Will Smith
We feel that designers should emerge from our studios with a broad range of skills that equip them for the complex reality that creative people face.
Studio 3D 02: Scandalous
Steph Aman, Marta Jakubowski, Fumi Kimura and Karen Coughlan
Studio Scandalous will be the foundation for creating the unimaginable, provoking questions and creating concepts.
Studio 3D 03: Elixir
Adam Entwistle, Steph Aman, Marta Jakubowski, Fumi Kimura and Karen Coughlan
Studio Elixir is about the skills and craftsmanship used in the creative industries – design and creativity will come to these elements from the focal point of craftsmanship
Studio 3D 04: All the Ingredients
Heidi Yeo, Simone ten Hompel and Adi Toch
Studio 4 offers you the opportunity to make new works, creating a context for you to originate, explore and interpret ideas.
Studio 3D 05: Something to Say
James Hunting, Gina Pierce and Sam Wingate
Studio 5 will offer you the opportunity to explore, investigate, respond and reflect on who you are and what you want to say.
Studio 01: The Gesture of a Building
Alex Bank and Sam Casswell
Studio 01 is looking at the contribution architecture makes to the life of a place.
Studio 02: After City: Assemblage, Incrementalism and Infrastructures
Colin O’Sullivan and Charlotte Harris
Studio 02 will examine and propose design interventions in Germany this year.
Studio 03: Crossing Cultures – Re-thinking Campus
Sandra Denicke-Polcher and Jane McAllister
Studio 03 is concerned with architecture as a form of agency, involving civic making through practice.
Studio 04: Place for Play
Anna Ludwig and Rufus Willis
Studio 04 is looking at how the space of play has coexisted and still coexists with spaces of exchange and circulation, political space and cultural space.
Studio 06: Collaborations
Andrew Jackson, David Leech and Martin Nässén
Studio 06 will focus on the theme of ‘Collaborations’ and continue to investigate the ideas established by the studio in recent years and will again work with good examples of historic and contemporary architecture.
Studio 07: FIT
Robert Barnes and Bo Tang
Studio 07 will be basing this year’s work in Athens, Greece as both a continuation and new departure for the Architecture of Rapid Change and Scarce Resources.
Studio 08: good growth
Gareth Morris and Ulrike Steven
This year Studio 08 will be responding to the Mayor of London’s call to create a ‘City for All Londoners’ based on the principles of ‘good growth’ – ‘development that is socially, environmentally and economically inclusive.’
Studio 09: Public Rooms, Convergent Spaces
Jillian Jones, Ewan Stone and David Howarth
Studio 09 will look to how new spaces for cultural and community provision in London’s East End can be more locally generated.
Studio 10: Old, New, Hot and Cool
Kieran Thomas Wardle and Owain Williams
Studio 10 will propose buildings which are old, new, hot and cool and develop architectural projects which sit between these definitions to explore the role of the architect as a critical agent in society.
Fine Art Studios
Studio Photo 01: The Subjective Eye
Ania Dabrowska and Mick Williamson
This photography studio concentrates on developing your professional practice within a fine art context, preparing you for your career within photography and the visual arts. Understanding the meaning of photographs beyond its immediate subject matter will help you to access the full power of the medium, where subject, author and audience come together.
Studio Photo 02: Beyond the Surface
Paola Leonardi and Heather McDonough
Beyond the Surface is a photography studio that shows you how to mix art with work and use your own contemporary imagery towards a career in photography. Get your aesthetic identity right - join this studio!
Studio Art 03: The Hole in the Screen
Patrick Ward and Jonathan Whitehall
The Hole and the Screen is a lively contemporary art studio focused on how negative space works in moving image in art theory and in art practice. Video, film, sound and photography all play their part. All-comers welcome!
Studio Art 04: Open Field
Ben Cain and Janette Parris
Open Field is a very special art studio dedicated to providing art students with hands-on work-related learning alongside artists as they undertake art residencies at the Cass. All Year 2 art students will pass through this studio for one of the residencies.
Studio Art 05: I Love Painting Things
Bob and Roberta Smith, Andrea Medjesi-Jones
This art studio is aimed at art students who want to paint! That’s any aspect of paint, not just formal work on canvas, but also painting sculptures, ceramics and using paint in performance. This is the one for you!
Studio Int 02: Action Stations
Kaye Newman, Janette Harris and Beata Szwast
Studio 2 will firstly explore the notion of Escapism by looking at the future of retail design.
Studio Int 03: Factories+
Andy Merritt, Simon Petty, Anne Thomas and Paul Smyth
This studio will look into how different forms of industry can reintroduce factories back into the centre of London for the benefit of both people and the natural world.
Studio Int 04: 24hr Transform-Atrium
Andrew (Sid) Siddall and Suzanne Smeeth-Poaros
Studio 4 has a dual focus on 24hour Transformations and Atrium spaces.
Studio VisCom 01: Future Past
Susanna Edwards and Michelle Salamon
Future Past is a studio run in collaboration with The Roman Road Trust.
Studio VisCom 02: Ellipsis
Angharad Lewis and Alistair Hall
In this studio we explore the materiality of printed communication; we test the tools and processes used to communicate visually on the page.
Studio VisCom 03: Design Futures
Ricardo Eversley and Emily Evans
Design Futures: A studio that authors via the lens of traditional and digital products as tools for design making, thinking, seeing and storytelling.
Studio VisCom 04: Give and Take
Sara Carneholm and Russell Weekes
In Studio Give and Take we will explore different aspects of art direction, a field that is as relevant to illustrators as it is to graphic designers.
Unit 02: Classicism, modernism and architecture in the present time
Unit 02 will run this year as a project in three parts at Somerset House London.
Unit 04: Building Laboratory | Frozen Timber
Jonas Lundberg, Eva Diu and Andrew Grant
Unit 04 aims to participate in the debate on environmental adaptation, design and development of the new town of Kiruna, which is forced to move three kilometres to the east of its current location.
Unit 05: The Infrastructure of the Street
Alex Ely, Michael Dillon and Lydia Johnson
Unit 05 are interested in how changing the infrastructure of a singular street and the housing within it can alter the urban contribution.
Unit 06: Civic Fit
Professor Maurice Mitchell, Francesca Pont, Dr Bo Tang, Jane McAllister and Sandra Denicke-Polcher
Unit 06 offers students a choice of three settings: Athens, Greece; Belmonte, Calabria; or Kirtipur in the Kathmandu Valley.
Unit 07: A Lean Architecture
David Grandorge and Paloma Gormley
Unit 07 will begin the year with an ambitious project, Timber Translations, re-imagining the industrial structures depicted in the photographs of Bernd and Hilla Becher in timber allowing us to and explore languages of jointing, supporting and bridging in a single material at a large scale.
Unit 08: Midland Cities II – Nottingham Translations
Takero Shimazaki (t-sa) and Summer Islam
Unit 08 will continue to focus on the urban development of cities in the Midlands and propose architectural interventions as opportunities for civic renewal.
Unit 09: Making Urban
Stephen Taylor and Theodoros Thysiades
Unit 09 will continue its two Semester / project structure this year.
Unit 10: An Architecture of Relationships V
Signy Svalastoga, Jonathan Cook and Edward Simpson
Unit 10 will again start the year with two linked short projects aimed to develop and fine-tune spatial and social observations, explored through drawing, making, mending and repair.
Unit 12: Hotel Sphinx
Peter St John, James Hand and Ben Speltz
Unit 12 will continue to examine the different conditions of London and the potential of the city's current reinvention.
Unit 14: Dis-place
Pierre d’Avoine and Pereen d’Avoine
Unit 14 will work in the East End this year, specifically in Tower Hamlets and will be concerned with diaspora displacement and the indigenous.
Studio 1: Another India
Studio 1: Another India will examine, reflect upon and critique the historic use of "exotic" motifs in design.
Studio 2: Contemporary Ecology
In Studio 2 we will explore environmental topics through the lens of art, architecture, spatial practice, media and design disciplines.
Studio 3: Music is the Weapon: Performance, Culture and the Music Industry
Studio 3: Music is the Weapon: Performance, Culture and the Music Industry is an exploration of race, gender, class and more in music.
Studio 4: Not allowed
Studio 4: What Not to Wear? will investigate the roles that dress and fashion play in our workplaces.
Studio 5: Imperfect Theories
Studio 5: Imperfect Theories allows you to critically examine any work that can be seen as theory or presents an interesting relationship with theory.
Studio 6: Curating as a Spatial Practice: From the Wunderkammer to Installation art
Nico de Oliveira
Studio 6: This dissertation studio is designed to help students who are interested in curating as a broad subject, as well as those who wish to contextualise their own practice within the scope of displaying art.
Studio 7: Souvenir
Dr Lesley Stevenson
Studio 7: This studio is concerned with those objects that are lent a particular enchantment because of their relationship with the past.
Studio 8: Post – card
Studio 8 will look at one element of that system – the picture postcard – from a number of different perspectives.
Studio 9: ‘The Form of the Text’
Studio 9: Together we will explore the space of criticism; acknowledging our point of encounter with objects, places, sites and processes and the relationship between text, writer and reader.
Studio 10: Constellating
As creative practitioners we digest and produce images every day – as citizens of the digital age we consume between hundreds and thousands of images each day. This dissertation studio will slim down your daily diet to one image.
Studio 11: Science Fiction Futurity
Speculative descriptions of the future reveal a magnified — or distorted — reflection of the fears and desires of the present.
Studio 12: Alternative Fashioned Modernities
Much is happening in the world today that foregrounds questions pertinent to our identities in a globalised world.
Studio 13: Desire, Trauma, History
How does the relationship of memory to fantasy affect history? What are the links between desire, sexuality and trauma? How are these relationships played out or negotiated in visual and written practice? These questions will form the beginning of our enquiries into artworks, films and literature.
Studio 14: Design and Nature: Forms of an Entanglement
We will look at how the idea of nature has been constructed over time and place, and study its impact on design practice in an age marked by the sustainability imperative.
Studio 15: Music, Technology and Ideas
Studio 15: Music, Technology and Ideas encourages you to explore how and why we make music, including its origin, relationship to technology and more.
Studio 16: Narrative and Storytelling
Studio 16: Narrative and Storytelling will see you produce storygraphs, storyboards and various forms of narrative analysis in the seminars.
Studio 17: Knowing Audiences
Studio 17: Knowing Audiences will encourage you to study an audience group using qualitative research methods in your investigations.
Studio 18: Time and the Image
This workshop will address some perennial problems of writing in the field of visual culture.
Studio 19: Material in Motion
Studio 19: This studio will explore a reading of objects focusing on the interplay between materials, the objects they form and their context.
Studio 20: The Liminal
This Dissertation Studio examines instances of the liminal as they occur in critical theory and culture, and is open to any topic and students from all disciplines.
Studio 21: Reading the library (and nothing but the library)
This year, Studio 21 will stage an unusual experiment. It will move, unpack, catalogue, and perform readings from one private library; and make this library, without exception, the single resource for all the research and writing in the studio.
Studio 22: Meaningful work
Studio 22: Meaningful work explores the value of making and the idea of craft as meaningful work.