What could be done to simplify construction?

This essay by Martin was awarded a runner-up prize in the JCT Student Essay Competition in 2014. In it, Martin discusses whether BIM is the answer to simplifying construction, using a motion put forward by the Edge Committee in the Cambridge Debating Chamber as his springboard. 

Becoming, a personal professional appraisal.

Read Martin's RIBA part 3 appraisal from Sept 2013.

"To become is never to imitate, nor to 'do like', nor to conform to a model, whether
it's of justice or of truth. There is no terminus from which you set out, none which you
arrive at or which you ought to arrive at. Nor are there two terms which are
exchanged. The question 'What are you becoming?' is particularly stupid. For as
someone becomes, what he is becoming changes as much as himself. Becomings are
not phenomena of imitations or assimilations, but a double capture, of non-parallel
evolution, of nuptials between two reigns."

Giles Deleuze in Dialogues II

Bakers Arms

Here is our tender document to be a part of the Lea Bridge Road and Bakers Arms regeneration programme. We put together a quotation for the design and delivery of a shop-front improvement scheme.

Playable Cities

Here is an entry by Syndicate West to Watershed's Playable Cities competition. We presented PLA_C_ED_RICITY, also known as Cedric. Cedric is a game, a metaphorical piece of chalk that a child discovers can make marks on the ground and then turns into hop-scotch. Through Cedric, we wanted to investigate whether we could ever discover the DNA of a city. And if we could, could we advance our understanding of the city's needs and our co-dependency on one another? Does DNA have anything to do with culture at all?


Martin was asked to present to a forum at the GLA on the architect's ability to influence environmental design. To answer the question 'Can architects influence sustainability issues?', Martin thought it might be interesting to look sideways at St Paul's Square in Liverpool. This is the gist of his presentation.

Future View

Some text written by Martin 10 years ago. The model was lifted and shifted from work that was developing at the AA but mimicked the theoretical frameworks we had started to develop under the tutelage of Paul Coates and Robert Thum at East London University in the mid 90s. The emergent holistic culture envisioned grapples with dualistic practices of the past and attempts to give us and the client a scaffold to proactively work collectively in the future.