ADS2 is a design studio taught at the Royal College of Art School of Architecture by David Knight, Diana Ibáñez López 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.

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 and lectures widely on the built environment. @knight_david @dk_cm @_knight_david

Diana Ibáñez López is a designer, researcher, author and editor. She has worked at MVRDV and Phaidon Press, launched Timeline, an award-winning news app, and is currently working on commissioning and delivering a number of culture-focused regeneration projects for Harrow Council. Diana is a tutor at the Royal College of Art and UCL’s Urban Design & Planning MA. In 2016/17 she was a visiting lecturer at future cities think-tank The Why Factory, TU Delft and a regular critic at a number of UK architecture schools. @dianagrama @dibanezlopez

Finn Williams is an architect-turned-planner based in London. He is the co-founder and chief executive of Public Practice, a social enterprise building a new generation of planners to shape places for the public good. Finn previously worked for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and General Public Agency before nine years in the public sector at Croydon Council and then the Greater London Authority, where he led new initiatives on placemaking, workspace, markets, infill housing and crowdfunding.

Finn is the founder of public sector planning think tank NOVUS and independent research practice Common Office. He is a director of the Planning Officers Society, vice chair of the Tower Hamlets Design Review Panel, a CABE Built Environment Enabler, Centre for London Associate, and a member of the TCPA’s Raynsford Review and Future Cities Catapult’s Future of Planning board. He has taught architecture and exhibited his work throughout Europe, and was co-curator of the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale. @commonoffice

Our previous collaborators in ADS2 were Charles Holland and Asif Khan.


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