Catrina Stewart

Diploma in Architecture with Distinction, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, 2011
Nominated on the Deans list of Academic Achievers
Bsc, First class honors, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, 2008
Nominated on the Deans list of Academic Achievers

Associate Lecturer and Unit Master

Profile

Catrina is a cofounder and partner at Office S&M, an award winning architectural design studio based in London. Notable projects are, an installation in the Tate Modern, a shop conversion in Leyton, an opera stage design for Europa in Bedford Square. The practice has been in numerous publications, including the AJ, Fulcrum, P.E.A.R. and A10 Magazine.

Catrina has previously taught at Brighton University and runs a Summer School Unit at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, as well as acting as a guest critic at the AA, Greenwich, Chelsea and the ESA in Paris.

Her own work has been widely published and exhibited across the UK and abroad. Notably, she was commissioned to design the front cover of the August 2011 issue of the Architectural Review magazine and has had her work published within the magazine, as well as other architecture related websites, such as Dezeen, Frame and BLDGBLOG.

Teaching interests

We believe that architectural teaching must be about encouraging and enabling students to do what they are best at, in their own way. Our unit does not have a prescribed style or mode of representation. This allows each student to have their own project as part of a whole studio. By letting each student realize their potential, and push what they are best at, their quality of work and confidence in themselves improves. Meanwhile, they bring fresh, unique and personal insight to architectural work.

But this freedom can only be achieved through a conscientiously structured year. By prescribing distinct types of representation, which often correlate with school’s requirements, we make sure that the students explore, but also cover all essential aspects in their projects. We use our comprehensive knowledge of architectural history and practice to use references to reinforce and guide students in the way that they might work. Alongside their work, we encourage students to maintain blogs, which will help them achieve a high level of production, give added value to the students work and allow for their work to be seen well beyond the studio and the university.

The idea of students pushing and helping each other along is not a new one, but it is one we feel needs nurturing. We encourage our students to work as a team, rather than as individuals. This both supports them in their personal work, but also sets them up for professional life. By arranging unit trips as early in the year as possible, and organizing a publication at the end of the year, we help to bind the studio together.

We push our students to gain an in-depth understanding of the site they have chosen to base their projects in, including the environmental and social context. We encourage students to keep regular contact with the local community in which their projects are embedded, this ensures that their projects are both deeply concerned with their context, and also allows them to form projects that they may carry on beyond their university life.

Our concern with what happens after their education passes all the way through our studio. Utilizing our network of professional practitioners, and specialists in other creative fields, ensures that students can be supported and challenged by the people they will end up working alongside. We are ultimately concerned with the students producing a body of work that means they can leave university and be able to do exactly whatever they want to.

Research interests

Catrina’s work explores the social, cultural and architectural implications of existing and new technologies, and the increasing need for cities to find alternative ways of expanding.

Her projects are designed to challenge and question our accepted customs and attitudes, by reflecting on the everyday, our daily pattern of work, rest and play. Her work aims to soften the boundaries between the man made, and nature, driven by the need to express the materiality, colour and richness in the details of the everyday.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2013
    Ada Review, Alfred Place, London
    EUROPA, Bloomsbury Fete, London
  • 2012
    V&A, London Design Festival, 2012
    Dainow and Dainow, London Festival of Architecture
    Candid Arts Trust, London
    Feberge, The Big Egg Hunt, Royal Festival Hall, London
    Future Past Symposium, Vyner street Gallery, London
  • 2011
    Candid Arts Gallery, London.
    Bartlett Summer Show, Slade Galleries, London

Selected Publications

  • "The Great Stink" graphic novel in Paper for Emerging Architectural Research (P.E.A.R.) no. 06, forthcoming 2013 August 2013
  • "New Practices : Office S&M" profile in Architects Journal, March 2013
  • "High Street Decline" issue of the Architectural Association’s paper, Fulcrum, no. 66, February 2013
  • "Gut Reaction" article for Saturated Space AA Research Cluster, April 2012
  • "The Architecture of Weather" article in Notes From the Underground, March 2012
  • "No 18" feature in The Draftery, March 2012
  • "Architectural Eggstacy", Architectural Review, March 2012
  • "Architecture of Narrative", Ecole Nationale Superieure d’Architecture de Versailles Book
  • "Waste Guzzler", INDesign Magazene, Australia, August 2012
  • Featured in The Draftery’s, Figure 01, 2012
  • Front Cover, Architectural Review Magazine, House Issue, August 2011

Current areas of supervision and teaching

  • Oxford Brookes Unit F Unit Master
  • Bartlett Summer School Unit 1 Unit Leader
Catrina Stewart

CONTACT US

School of Architecture

Oxford Brookes University
Headington Campus
Gipsy Lane
Oxford, OX3 0BP

cstewart@brookes.ac.uk