Simon Beeson, BA (Hons) Architecture, Dip.Arch, M.Arch, ARB
Simon’s research explores relationships between sculpture, ideas of play and architectural pedagogy. Current projects include the pedagogical use of models in architectural education, the ‘Mexican’ work of German artist Mathias Goeritz, and aspects of the pedagogy of Friedrich Froebel. He has recently given papers at ABEA (Brazil) and NCBDS (Philadelphia). Between 2002 and 2003 he was a research fellow at the Henry Moore Institute, considering the horizontal relief as an art form, and curated an exhibition on a relief work by William Turnbull in 2004. He has also worked on a number of public art works and workshops, including the ‘Chair Project’ with various schools and community groups. Permanent works include the Kielder Keepsake (Kielder Forest), Wall of Stories (Cowdenbeath), Stepping Stones Bridge (Tyrebagger Sculpture Trail) and Moot Hill (Ellon). He continues to make small relief works and contemporary medals.
Channa Vithana, BA (Hons) Architecture, PGCE
Channa’s research interests balance the empirical and ephemeral by engaging how materials and acoustics enhance the physical and experienced environments of architecture. His research also involves the curation of exhibitions and workshops both in the UK and France, and the input of students in these endeavors helps them to experience professional standards and creative practices often before graduation. Along with authoring peer reviewed academic papers on architecture and urban contexts, Channa actively engages in meaningful, long-term collaborations with industry (CODA Music Trust, Lighthouse Poole (the arts), Tekne (materials), Ramboll (structural & environmental engineering) and ARUP (acoustic engineering)) that help inform and enhance the outputs for all at AUB Architecture.
Fausto Sanna, BA (Hons) Architecture, PGCert (TLHE), FHEA
Most of Fausto’s research revolves around timber architecture.
At Edinburgh Napier University, he has started researching into the thermal performance and environmental impact of different timber-based constructional techniques employed for low-rise buildings. The study of the thermal performance is conducted through testing and modelling of full-scale building elements. The environmental impact is carried out by means of life-cycle assessment techniques.
Fausto also researches into university pedagogy and the internationalisation of the curriculum in higher education.
His previous interests have included the rehabilitation of historic timber structures and the European and Italian legislation on public works.
Willem de Bruijn, BA (Hons) Architecture, MSc Architecture (TU Delft), PhD (The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, UoL)
Willem’s research is situated at the crossroads of architecture, art history, and visual studies. He has an interest in the historical connections between architecture and alchemy, in particular the origins of the early modern scientific laboratory and the use of architectural metaphors in alchemical texts.
Willem has published several articles and conference papers based on chapters from his doctoral thesis and currently works on a book about I quattro libra dell’architettura (1570) by Andrea Palladio which will address particular aspects of its visual content and physical making.
In addition to working on these publications, Willem regularly contributes to symposia, exhibitions and conferences in the UK and abroad. Most recently, his books and a selection of student work have been on display at the ARCLIB Conference 2015 hosted by AUB.