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The Nomadic Allotments project is delivered in collaboration between Borough Market, The Welsh School of Architecture, Rachael Davidson and Dr. Cristian Suau

Qasim Ahmed, Student

Hannah Barnsley, Student

Hannah Frances Barnsley is in her first year at Cardiff university studying architecture. Hannah’s favourite aspect of the course to date is the challenge of making the buildings she has designed able to stand up! She is fascinated by the alternative uses of materials and loves the ‘arty’ part of any project.

Keith Chan,  Student

Johnny Edwards, Student

Theo Ellis, Student

Originally from Brighton, Theo is now in his first year at the Welsh School of Architecture.

Teodora Petrova , Student

David Phillips, Student

Yeko Smirnova, Student

William Swithinbank, Student

Alun Williams, Student

Alun is a second year student at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff. His  interest in architecture arose from an exhibition by Herzog and de Meuron at the Tate Modern in London in 2005. Alun is excited about the process of building something physical as a result of the “Deployable Structures” project, and looks forward to witnessing visitors of London Borough Market using and enjoying the final project.

Edwin Yu, Student

Yuliye Yudchenko, Student

Peter Locker, Carpenter

After 25 years working as a carpenter and joiner Peter Locker completed a fine Arts degree at the London Metropolitan University in 2003. His most recent work includes collaboration with Artists and designers to produce unique work where the artisan and artist are seamless.

Rachael Davidson, Designer and Coordinator

Rachael Davidson has worked as an architect in both New York and London.  She has extensive design experience having worked on both large and small scale commercial and residential projects such as the Queen Mary’s Graduate Humanities Facility, London, Ross Global Charter School, New York City, and private residences in New York, Pennsylvania and Mumbai, India. Rachael has previously worked for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment and Architecture for Humanity, UK, SPaN Architects and the Lawrence Group Architects, New York. Rachael currently works for HUT Architecture.

Rachael is particularly interested in the alternative roles of architecture and space within cities after writing her diploma thesis ‘Grand Street: The Cultural Fight for Space(s). She sits on the advisory board for This Is Not A Gateway’ (TINAG) a not-for-profit company that creates platforms for discussing the ideas of emerging urbanists.  Rachael assisted with the coordination of TINAG’s latest publication Critical Cities: Ideas, Knowledge and Agitation from Emerging Urbanists” and helped curate the TINAG Urban Festival in London in 2009. She currently also runs Mapping Memories a project that looks at tracing and reinterpreting memories of the Spitalfield area in East London.

Rachael has been a guest critic for Westminster University in both their undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and is currently working with Dr. Cristian Suau at the Welsh School of Architecture participating in its Vertical Studio programme.

Dr. Cristian Suau, Designer and Coordinator

Dr.Cristian Suau holds MArch and Ph.D. degrees in Architecture (ETSAB, Barcelona) and has a strong record of international publications. He has a broad teaching and research experience on in architectural design, experimental prototyping and eco-urban design both in Europe and overseas.

Cristian holds two postdoctoral research experiences carried out at Barcelona School of Architecture (Spain) in 2003-2005 and the Faculty of Architecture, NTNU (Norway) during 2004-2006 where he designed and patented PHS (Pallet Housing System). Cristian has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in several Schools of Architecture in Europe and overseas in the fields of sustainable design and agile technologies.

His current post is lecturer in Architecture at Welsh School of Architecture. Before joining the Welsh School of Architecture as a Lecturer in 2007, His work has also obtained awards in several international design competitions. Cristian Suau worked as a Senior Aarchitect/project leader at Rem Koolhaas’s the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) based in Rotterdam, Holland, The Netherlands. During this time Cristian worked on international projects leading on developing designs for the Korean pavilion for PRADA and for a masterplan proposal for the new town of Almere. Cristian’s design work has been widely recognised throughout his career and his awards include several international design competitions.

Cristian’s current research is focused on contemporary architecture (linked with low-tech fabrication and urban games); sustainable design; and socio-cultural analysis.

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