About

ADS2 is a design studio taught at the Royal College of Art School of Architecture by David Knight, Asif Khan and Finn Williams.

ADS2 is interested in producing architectural research and design that is of public use beyond academia but which also exploits the potential of studio research to challenge the world in which architects must work. We encourage projects which are unconstrained in design and political ambition and which have critical relevance to, and impact upon, the issues and forces at play in development and in society.

Charles Holland, our co-tutor 2013-2015, is on sabbatical.

David Knight is a designer and author, and director of DK-CM, an architecture and research studio based in London. He is a tutor and PhD student at the Royal College of Art. David’s critical and design work has been exhibited internationally, at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale, The Architecture Foundation, The Berlage Instititute, Barbican Art Gallery and the Royal Institute of British Architects. He writes widely on the built environment. @knight_david

Asif Khan’s London-based practice works across the fields of architecture, industrial and furniture design. It is dedicated to pushing these disciplines in innovative and unexpected directions. Asif lectures globally on his work and in the past has spoken at Harvard University, The Royal Academy, London, India Design Forum and Design Indaba in Cape Town. Asif’s notable recent works include being shortlisted, from over 1700 applicants, for the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition, ‘Radiant Lines’  for the Light in Winter Festival 2014 in Melbourne, a shortlisted design for the UK Pavilion for Milan Expo 2015 and ‘Parhelia’ for Swarovski at Design Miami. During the London 2012 Olympic Games, Asif was commissioned to design and deliver Coca-Cola’s landmark pavilion in the Olympic Park, following Coca-Cola’s search for the UK’S best young architecture studio. In 2010 Asif was the first architect to be chosen for the Designers in Residence programme at the Design Museum London and was awarded Designer of the Future in 2011 by Design Miami. Asif was born in South London and studied architecture at The Bartlett School, University College London. In 2004 he graduated as the best student in the faculty, was awarded the Donaldson medal and received a full scholarship for further study at the Architectural Association. @asif_can

Finn Williams is an architect-turned-planner based in London. Finn worked for Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam and General Public Agency before setting up Common Office, an independent practice working with planning, politics, and the public. Finn’s work has been exhibited at the 10th Venice Architecture Biennale, Tate Modern, Architecture Foundation, Berlage Institute, Museum of Finnish Architecture and Warsaw Museum of Modern Art. His writing has been published in many journals and magazines including mono.kultur, Hunch, and L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui. From January 2009 Finn was deputy team leader of Placemaking at Croydon Counci. In October 2013 he joined the GLA as Regeneration Area Manager for North, West and Central London. @commonoffice

Roaming free 2015-2016

Charles Holland is a director and co-founder of Ordinary Architecture. He is a Registered Architect and RIBA member. Prior to setting up Ordinary Architecture, Charles was a director of FAT where he was responsible for a number of the firm’s key projects including a House for Essex, Islington Square and Thornton Heath Library. Charles is a Visiting Professor at Yale University, a Design Tutor at the Royal College of Art and Practitioner in Residence at the London College of Communication. He writes regularly about architecture and design, contributing to a number of magazines and periodicals, and lectures widely on architecture and related matters. He also edits the popular architecture blog http://www.fantasticjournal.blogspot.co.uk. @fatcharlesh

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