I have recently completed Stage 5 at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, where my work has focused themes of collective memory in architecture, and urban sustainability.
I have worked at Camerons Strachan Yuill Architects as an Architectural Technologist since 2017, having graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with distinction in the same year. My work in practice has focused mainly on bespoke domestic architecture, with a range of experience across all work stages.
Prior to graduating, I completed two internships: Studio DuB (2016), and the Institute of Sustainable Construction (2015), and an HND in Architectural Technology (2011).
This thesis analyses the unsustainable legacy of modernist planning principles in Brussel’s Northern Quarter, and re-interprets the district as a palimpsest of layers across multiple scales: the macro urban scale, and the micro component scale. At the macro scale, a masterplan is created that aims to re-connect the Northern Quarter with its neighbouring districts via a restored historic East-West thoroughfare, and re-associates the district with its lost identity as a thriving mixed-use quarter. At the micro scale, under-used and semi-vacant modernist buildings are valued as repositories of component artefacts, to be reclaimed and re-used in the construction of new productive streetscapes and architecture that provides for the people of Brussels in 2023.
The masterplan is created by interpreting layers of past and present morphology, anchored around a new East-West thoroughfare that connects Rue Dupont in Schaerbeek, with Rue Picard in Molenbeek. This route revives a historic street that was lost with construction of a railway embankment, on the districts Eastern edge. In order to overcome this longstanding barrier, the masterplan proposes a street bridge that floats over the railway emankment and re-established a strong connection between the communities of Schaerbeek and the Northern Quarter. The urban character of the route evolves as it crosses the district to Molenbeek, with 3 urban themes derived from the palimpsest, each giving a different urban character to the architecture: stone, earth, and water.
As an antithesis to the 1960s modernist masterplan, this approach values the existing modernist buildings as banks of valuable materials that can be re-arranged to form new urban fabric. Thriving mixed-use streetscapes are curated by interpreting and editing layers of historic morphology, establishing ethical urbanism that nutures a diverse range of economic activities and housing needs.