James Daykin

Architecture represented a clear choice over other, more specialist design disciplines to me because it takes in thinking from so many other fields, creative, scientific and practical. Architecture’s as much about landscape and history as it is about society. It’s about craft and engineering as much as business practice. I enjoy the fact that each day brings a different set of circumstances, just as every project is about a new idea.

I studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture where my diploma unit, led by academic practitioners, focussed on a highly contextual, researched approach to design. I’ve stayed connected with the school as a visiting critic, mentor and unit tutor, and keep on learning from its collective, discursive culture. That carries through into our studio, where we rely on an explorative process and investigations shared with other members of the team.

I love these drawing conversations which start from a blank sheet of paper. It’s about the exploration of the unknown, letting go of any anxiety about where the idea might come from.