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Ralf Alwani


  • Ralf Alwani
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    The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design


    Research Associate, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design

  • Ralf graduated from the Royal College of Art (Architecture) in 2015. HIs interests lie in architecture and urban scale interventions. Joining the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design in 2016 Ralf’s work currently focuses on the research and design of a project which looks at the emotional wellbeing of the bridges and banks around the River Foyle in Derry, Northern Ireland.

  • Biography

  • Ralf gained his first degree from the University of Lincoln’s Architecture Programme where his final project looked at ageing populations and social neglection within the built environment. Since then, working for architectural practices on a variety of projects involving the public realm, community and residential schemes, Ralf undertook a masters degree at the Royal College of Art, specialising in new towns and large urban projects. During this time he also worked on the design and delivery of the Helix Centre’s new studio, which operates within the grounds of St Mary’s Hospital, London, as a hub to engage with frontline NHS staff and patients as co-design collaborators. The studio has an ‘open door’ policy with a design which derived from the principles of the Helix initiative of frugal, high impact and efficient design. Ralf also works on architectural projects in his own studio.  


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  • Publications, exhibitions and other outcomes

    • Helix Centre Architects Journal (2015)
    • Helix Centre RIBA Journal (2015)
    • South East Radial - Architectural Reviews Drawing Portfolio (2015) 
    • Mitten Crab Fishery Architectural Reviews Drawing Portfolio (2014) 
    • Ageing Towards Social Neglection Architectural Reviews Drawing Portfolio (2012)