The London Summer Studio is a partnership with Kingston School of Art and offers Senior and Graduate students a residential integrated design studio course in London with European guided travel opportunities.

London Summer Studio 2023

Program duration 5th June to 11th August.

London visit 18th June to 30th July.

The London Summer Studio is a 10-week, 9-credit studio with a 6-week visit to London.  It comprises a 6-credit design studio with a 3-credit integrated research course which supports the design project.

The program begins with introductory talks on the history and development of London and it's architecture, and the launch of the integrated research course and bibliography.  While in London students will be based at Kingston University, staying in residential halls with fully equipped kitchens on the banks of the River Thames, a pleasant 25-minute walk from the design studios at Kingston School of Art.

Weekly London visits and two guided architecture tours will be offered; one to Manchester and Liverpool, and another to Copenhagen and Stockholm, to visit buildings and projects relevant to the design studio.  Kingston upon Thames is approximately 30minutes from Central London by train, and is surrounded by beautiful parks and sights such as Hampton Court Palace and Kew Gardens.

The program is led by London-based architects, CUA Visiting Scholars and Kingston School of Art studio leaders Timothy Smith and Jonathan Taylor.  Their expertise lies in navigating the design territory between the classical and modern, with a particular concern for context and tectonics; themes in which the architectural culture of London is rich.  Students from all concentrations are welcomed and will be supported in developing critical design projects, whether classical in nature or not.

While immersed in the contemporary and historic architectural culture of London and Europe, students will design projects based on typical London building typologies and the notion of the city interior, with a strong tectonic focus and a foundation in the parallel integrated research course.  After a final design review in London, students will have two weeks to conclude their work for submission on Friday 11th August.

Program fees and travel surplus payments, along with full course details to be announced in due course.