Intermediate 13 Joseph Michael Gandy, View of the part of the Museum copy ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London


Lily Jencks, Jessica Reynolds, Alex Butterworth. Unit Collaborator: Pablo Bronstein

Sir John Soane’s Museum is one of the world’s most important architectural laboratories. Its remarkable collection is displayed within a choreographed sequence of intense architectural effects that challenge our senses as we move through its rich atmospheres, juxtaposed narratives and playful performances. This hybrid building was conceived as a house, a museum and a pedagogical project.

We will become architects-in-residence at the Soane Museum for part of Term 1, holding public events, creating large scale models and mining the archives – re-activating the museums role as a space for education, and analysing the complex relationships between living, working and educating. As a unit, we will challenge the standardisations on education and what an academy of architecture entails, to speculate its role in the future and its role for implementing changes to a city. We will create a collective body of research, about London's ‘house-museum’ types, researching Erno Gold nger’s home on 2 Willow Road and Charles Jencks’ Cosmic House, to then publish the first house-museum map of its kind.

Investigating tensions and opportunities between the domestic and the display, we will propose installations firstly inside the Soane Museum, working our way to end up outside in the neighbouring square, Lincoln’s Inn Fields, to engage with different public audiences.

Learning from these house-museums and their relationship with the city, students will propose their own models and set out to display, inhabit and debate their own architectural obsessions – by prioritising temporality, constructing iterative models and generating 4D interactive drawings. Artist Pablo Bronstein will collaborate as a consultant on the unit and help us explore the cross sections between research, acting as a catalyst for performance. Designer Sean Lally and senior curator for the museum, Owen Hopkins, will offer counterpoints for our conversations. With the aim of re-charging architectural culture with public relevance, urgency and power, the unit asks, what should an architectural academy of the future contain and how will it perform?

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Lily Jencks is the founder of JencksSquared and LilyJencksStudio. She studied at Columbia University and holds an MArch in architecture and landscape architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.

Jessica Reynolds is a director at London- based vPPR Architects. She is a founder of the Architecture Exchange, a platform that fosters debate between architecture and philosophy. She studied at the University of Cambridge and Princeton University.

Alex Butterworth works at 6a architects and graduated from the AA in 2016. She previously worked at Herzog and de Meuron and studied at the University of Cambridge. Alex has been teaching with the unit since 2017.

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Pablo Bronstein is an Argentinian born artist who lives and works in London. He has had solo exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum, NY, Tate Britain, Centre d'Art Contemporain, Geneva, and the ICA, London. His publications include Postmodern Architecture in London, A is Building B is Architecture, and Pseudo Georgian London. In 2019 Bronstein will create a large-scale performance installation for the OGR, Turin, and in 2020 he will have an exhibition at the Soane Museum.

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