We are glad to welcome two new members to our team; Lauren and Usama.

Here they tell us a little bit about themselves and share some of their previous work.

Borisovsky Park and Sighthill Regeneration, design by Lauren Taylor
Borisovsky Park and Sighthill Regeneration, design by Lauren Taylor

“I enjoy creating distinctive and interesting landscapes, and like to create graphics that evoke the essence and atmosphere of place.” Lauren Taylor

Lauren is a chartered landscape architect and has been working in Scotland for the last 10 years after graduating from ECA in 2005. Having worked worked on a variety of projects in both the UK and abroad, Lauren has extensive experience with architects and as such is interested in how buildings interact with the landscape context.

The Architecture of Olfaction, design by Usama Al Kindi
The Architecture of Olfaction, design by Usama Al Kindi

“The research project titled ‘The Architecture of Olfaction’ attempts to suggest a new spatial practice in architecture informed by the study of smell, fragrance and meteorology. It proposes the reconstruction of 73 existing restaurants and bars in Omoite Yokocho (Memory Lane, Shinjuku, Tokyo).

My research stems from a general interest in fragrance and the science of olfaction. In an attempt to record my experience, I began exploring ways of interpreting the immaterial qualities of the spaces I’ve visited through mapping surveys, drawings and models. These studies that experimented with materials and forms were informed by my research into meteorological factors and the peculiar science behind smell. This project aims to recreate the existing experience of Memory Lane by proposing low tech, ‘under-designed’ structures that mimic the geometry of smell in space and allow for diversity across each individual unit.” Usama Al Kindi

Usama graduated with a Master of Architecture from Edinburgh College of Art. Following his degree show Usama’s work has been reviewed by the Architect’s Journal. He has also exhibited Royal Scottish Academy ‘New Contemporaries’ Exhibition in 2015. As a practicing artist, Usama strives to combine a multidisciplinary approach to his work with a focus on drawing and sculpture.

For a look at more detailed CV’s from the collective, please visit our team page.

 

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