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.
ANTHONY HOLNESS PHD, BA (HONS) ARCHITECTURE, DIPARCH, PGCE
With link to both education and practice, Anthony is exploring the ways in which professional practice can be introduced and integrated into education.