Clare Nash Architecture is currently an all-female practice! I have two architectural assistants, Katie and Julia. We operate on a non-office model, with weekly meetings, meaning we can all work together on a flexible basis.
I am a MarchD student at the Oxford School of Architecture. I work part-time as an architectural assistant for Clare Nash Architecture.
During my year out I worked in a practice specialising in urban design and master planning where I developed my digital and physical model making in addition to drawing skills. I have also spent university holidays helping my project manager father check buildings on site.
I have spent my recent summers volunteering on community driven water projects in Bolivia and Morocco; and travelling in Peru and Italy. These experiences have inspired me to apply my architectural skills in the humanitarian sector and developing world. In particular, my interests lie in how improving water access can aid community development with a participatory approach. I hope to explore this further in my chosen design specialisation ‘Development and Emergency Practice’.
As an avid architecture student, I dedicate a lot of time to my studies but take a strong interest in baking, art, exercise and travelling. Whilst studying I am also on the curating committee for the Oxford Human Rights Festival.
I have recently graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a master’s in Applied Design in Architecture, where my final submission was a design for a community workshop in an abandoned building in Athens. My passion lies in low-tech, local solutions, especially the use of earth in architecture. I love to be hands-on, and have helped build a number of small projects using earth and/or timber.
Before coming to Oxford, I worked for Kéré Architecture in Berlin, run by a German-trained architect originally from Burkina Faso. I had the opportunity to work on a clinic, some houses and two schools, all to be built using rammed earth or CSEBs (compressed stabilised earth blocks) in Africa, as well as projects in Europe. I have also worked for an NGO in Switzerland, helping to write guidelines and prepare training materials for humanitarian shelter operations.
I am very excited at the prospect of seeing the realisation of Clare’s book on contemporary vernacular architecture, not only because architectural publishing is a field I am interested in, but also because this is a type of architecture I admire and would like to learn more about.