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Student Showcase Archive
Show RCA 2019

Jack Berrett

Show RCA work

  • Site Plan (final project)

    Site Plan (final project)

  • Stage 1 Axonometric (developing project)

    Stage 1 Axonometric (developing project)

  • Forum Variations (developing project)

    Forum Variations (developing project)

  • Archetype Study (casting models): National Dance Theatre, OMA / Still-Life

    Archetype Study (casting models): National Dance Theatre, OMA / Still-Life

  • Archetype Study (section): Theatre Du Centaure, Patrick Bouchain / Tent

    Archetype Study (section): Theatre Du Centaure, Patrick Bouchain / Tent

Major project:

Barking Forum: An Example of How the 'Archetype' – as an Architectural Device – Can Be Used to Re-define Civic Space Within the Contemporary City

How can the 'Archetype' – as an architectural device – be used to re-define Civic space within the contemporary city and produce public centres that facilitate and promote meaningful human interaction?

My project is an effort to oppose the current condition of the contemporary city, as an ordered yet directionless state, ordered to the needs of the individual rather than the collective.

Using 'Barking Riverside' housing development as a canvas, my project proposes an alternative design for the currently proposed 'civic heart' of the development, using an arrangement of Archetypal forms to do so. Each Archetype facilitates a specific ritual (or set of rituals) which offer opportunities for people to gather and have meaningful interactions with one another. An example of this is the application of the Forum Archetype; an enclosed square, capable of holding a market – such as the on-site Dagenham Sunday Market – as well as many other communal/political events.

As Barking-Riverside is an on-going development, my project and each of its built elements exist differently at two crucial stages. First in a preliminary 'ruin' stage where the foundation elements of each building are constructed and implemented on site, providing space that caters to the immediate needs of the on-site community. This stage is followed by a 'completed' stage, where all buildings are fully realised alongside the realisation of the housing development, catering to the projected needs of a large community.

Overall, the project makes statements about built-form and the city, offering an example of how we should consider the design of Civic Spaces at both architectural and urban-design scales.


  • Throughout my time at the RCA, I have developed a fascination with the potential that architecture possesses in being able to re-connect people within our increasingly individualised and fragmented urban landscape.

    I take a hands-on approach to design, and prefer to work with scale physical models – something that is apparent in my projects.

  • Previous degrees

  • BA (Hons) Architecture, Birmingham City University, 2015
  • Experiences

  • Architectural assistant (Part 1), AT Architects, Leamington Spa; Architectural Assistant (Part 1), Joe Holyoak: Architect and Urban Designer
Royal College of Art