Critical Subjects:

Spring Architecture & Design School

Think critically, design differently

About the Spring Architecture School

Attendees chosen by Competition.

The Future Cities Project hosts Critical Subjects: Spring Architecture & Design School on 8 – 9 February 2024. This experimental event will take place at the offices of AHMM, Heatherwick Studios, Groupwork and BDP.

Critical Subjects is a unique opportunity for some of the keenest young creatives to engage in a series of intellectual architectural design challenges facilitated by leading names in the field.

Note: This is quite a challenging event in terms of ideas and engagement.

The 2-day School begins with a series of short presentations followed by workshops, debates, activities and tutorials culminating with a live project brief and exhibition.

Arrivals and Registration (Wednesday 7th February). Collect information, register, meet and mingle with drinks at Amin Taha’s practice, Groupwork

Day 1: [Thursday 8th February] At the offices of multi-award-winning practice, AHMM we will discuss topics such ethical considerations, social criticism, urban policy objectives, the nature of judgement, the point of architecture, and AI technology.

Day 2: [Friday 9th February] We will provide you with a brief to design, sketch, and make models in the new studio gallery at Heatherwick Studios with an array of materials. This rapid design project needs to be completed by Friday afternoon. Tutors will be visiting at intervals to give impromptu pep talks on relevant themes, ending with a pin-up crit with a host of guest reviewers. Here, the students will be required to defend, rather than justify their work armed with some of the arguments and ideas discussed over the previous 24 hours.

The Spring Architecture & Design School will present students with provocations and ideas, not just skills and policies.

The days will be filmed and closes with prize-giving and a reception. Projects will be exhibited.


Critical Subjects is produced in partnership with AHMM, Heatherwick Studio, Groupwork and BDP.

It is sponsored by Trigon Fire Safety Ltd and RIBA Services