I am Principal Lecturer in Architecture in the School of Architecture and Cities, and Director of the Fabrication Lab. I have taught at the University of Westminster since 2011. I was previously educated at University College London (BSc (Hons) First Class in Psychology 1995; PhD in Social Psychology 2000; DipArch and MArch Architecture 2011), and the University of Westminster (BA (Hons) First Class in Architecture 2007).
My research interests are in the use of new technologies as media for architectural design and the construction of the built environment. Currently I teach an MArch Design Studio with Richard Difford and Francois Girardin, as well as leading design and fabrication workshops across the School of Architecture of Cities.
I have been Director of the Fabrication Lab for the College of Design, Creative and Digital Industries for nearly 10 years, developing it from a small digital workshop to a 1500m2 specialist Lab focused on new technologies and architectural media. The Lab operates today as an innovative platform for a diverse range of teaching, research and knowledge exchange activities and projects, with a multi-disciplinary team of 35 staff and Lab Assistants.
My research is focused on the work of the Fabrication Lab, understood as an action research project and interpreted through the work of Foucault as a dispositif - a live, speculative institutional apparatus for the investigation of new technologies as media for the design and construction of architecture. Recent work has looked especially at new modes of engaging and working with technologies in the context of architectural education, and has investigated in particular innovative new approaches to short-burst teaching and public events. The project led to the founding of FAB FEST, a major international fabrication competition and festival hosted in Ambika P3 between 2016 and 2018.