Lucy Steeden – BA (Hons) Architecture

A passion for bricks has driven Lucy into searching and discovering what is good in brick-built architecture from a small Furniture Shop that was inspired laterally by Japanese timber jointing details that informed sensitively designed brick componentry, to a Music School rich in brick texture, colour and detailing. Finally, Lucy worked on a future scenario that has a dark industrial outlook where a hybrid of old brick factories are rebuilt into new, layered towers along Poole’s skyline centred around the hearth and focussing on the elements of fire, water and earth.

Lucy tells us about her experience:

“The idea of curating is something that I am interested in, especially the experiential methodology of crafting an architectural exhibition. Seeing past MAP exhibitions when I was in first year inspired me when I saw the work created, and understanding that specific curators from second year were involved made me more interested in being part of this process. I enjoyed as part of the architecture course learning and revisiting the graphic design element of my design work during second year and into third year, especially as I know this will be realised in professional galleries. From the growing opportunities that I have had with industry this has culminated into an exhibition that is coupling our aspirations as a group where the experience is immersive and also a platform to display our work.”

Lucy’s Research on the Architect Gottfried Semper (1803-1879):

Around the hearth the first groups assembled; around it the first alliances formed; around it the first rude religious concepts were put into the customs of a cult. Throughout all phases of society, the hearth formed the sacred focus around which the whole took order and shape. It is the first and most important, the moral element of architecture. Around it were grouped the three other elements: the roof, the enclosure and the mound, the protecting negations or defenders of the hearth’s flame against the three hostile elements of nature. (Semper, 2011, p.102.)

Semper, G., Mallgrave, H., and Herrmann, W. (trans) (2011). The Four Elements of Architecture and Other Writings. New York: Cambridge University Press.