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Ilona Hay Senior Lecturer in Architecture
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Websites: texerestudio.com
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Biography: Originally from Vancouver Canada, Ilona has a Master of Architecture, and Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies from Dalhousie University, Canada. She obtained her ARB/RIBA Part III Certificate from the Bartlett, University College of London, and Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Higher Education from Oxford Brookes University. From the University of British Columbia, Canada, she has a Bachelor of Arts. At Oxford Brookes she is involved with teaching Design and Technology. She is module leader for Introduction to Architectural Technology and Architectural Technology 1. She is also a technology tutor within an undergraduate design unit. Additionally she is an undergraduate dissertation supervisor. Previously she taught architecture at Dalhousie University - Canada, the University of East London, Plymouth University, and the University of Kent.

Practice: At Oxford Brookes she introduced and developed a programme of Live Projects for the Year 2 Undergraduate students. Students design, and then build, real projects for client sponsors. She previously ran Live Projects in London, Plymouth, and Halifax, Canada. Projects themselves, remain in-situ on the client’s final sites, artistic interventions. However, images of projects have been exhibited in community galleries, and online, and published in books and journals.

In addition to teaching and researching at Oxford Brookes, she is a director of Texere Studio Ltd., a London based practice. Texere Studio designs bespoke office, leisure, and residential spaces, often getting down to a furniture level of detail. Prior to setting up her own studio, she has been a senior and project architect in several award winning architectural London practices including: Conran and Partners, Niall McLaughlin, Feilden Clegg Bradley, and Walters and Cohen.

Research interests: Ilona’s research is practice based and is intrinsically linked with professional skills and background, overlapping academia and practice. Most recently it has focused on Live Projects building upon experience prior to Oxford Brookes. She is currently exploring how Live Projects can simultaneously be aesthetically pleasing, meet student pedagogical and client needs. Specific areas of interest and relevance that extend the current academic discourse on Live Projects include: sustainability (especially recycled materials), inclusive teaching (e.g. opportunities for female students to learn about construction in a supportive environment), and community client engagement (often charities with low budgets).


Selected Works:

A selection of some of my most interesting outputs are below:

Books chapters

  • Hay, I. (2008) ‘Greenhouse’, in Macy, C. (ed) Free Lab. Halifax: TUNS Press, pp. 34-35 + 68-69.
  • Hay, I. (2007) ‘Fabric Formwork: The beautiful, the sublime and the ugly’, in Chandler, A and Pedreschi, R. (eds.) Fabric Formwork, London: RIBA Pub., pp. 59-76.


  • Hay, I. (2012) ‘Rural Urbanism: Riots, Religion and Urban Communities: Kentish Town, London’, On Site, (27), pp. 72-73.
  • Hay, I. (2010) ‘Small Things: mini-shelters’, On Site, (23), p. 57.

Exhibition catalogue

  • Hay, I, (2015) ‘Screening’, exhibition catalogue, Warneford Hospital, Oxford, May, 3 pgs.

Research paper

  • Hay, I. (2014) ‘Beyond the Build: Building, reflect­ing, learning... and repeat’, Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. 2014 Fall Conference. WORKING OUT. Thinking while building. Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada,16-18 October 2014. 10 pgs.

Live projects

  • (2015) ‘Archway and Gate’. Project for Barracks Lane, Oxford.
  • (2015) ‘Rainwater Catchers, Storage Bench, and Compost Bin’. 5 Projects, Green Gym, Lond.
  • (2015) ‘Blackboard Bench’. Project for Hill End Farm, Oxford.
  • (2015) ‘Bug Hotel 1, and Bug Hotel 2’. Project for Oxford Brookes Sustainability Team, Oxford.
  • (2015) ‘Practical and Attractive Storage’. Project for Tower House Guest House, Oxford.
  • (2015) ’Fire Escape Friendly Signage’. Project for Turl Street Kitchen, Oxford.
  • (2015) ‘Tree House Seating, and Fruitful Fencing’. 2 Projects, Parasol Project, Oxford.
  • (2015) ‘Kitchen Unit, Storage Unit, and Workshop Unit’. 3 Projects, Westhill Farm, Oxford.
  • (2015) ‘Movable Planter, Greenhouse, Bench, and Bird Feeders’. 4 Projects, Oxford Brookes.



Texere Studio/ Oxford Brookes (2015) ‘Woodland Seating’, Camden Design Awards 2015.
Available at: http://www.camden.gov.uk/ccm/cms-service/stream/asset/?asset_id=3359411


Barracks Lane Project

Research leadership

As a member of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), she has peer reviewed papers for conference sessions (Design/Build Xchange in 2013). She has been a member of the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) since 2002.

In London, she is a member of the Dartmouth Park Business Hub and a volunteer Member of the Mark Fitzpatrick Nature Reserve (Mortimer Terrace).