Clementine Blakemore

MA work

Project Lacey Green

Project Lacey Green is concerned with the relationship between design, making and place – examining how the communal act of building can affect architectural processes and forms. It celebrates contingency, and seeks to occupy the fertile space between academia, practice, and industry.

Initiated under the umbrella of the design collective WORKSHOP architecture, co-founded by Clementine in 2012, the project will continue beyond this academic year. The built outcome of the first phase is a new music pavilion for St. John’s, a small state primary school in the Buckinghamshire village of Lacey Green. In this way, there is a parallel between the programmatic brief, a space for performance-based education, and the academic brief, which involves construction as well as design. In both, there is an emphasis on learning by doing, a direct engagement with objects and materials, and interaction with other people; it's about the practice of music, and the practice of making.

The architectural proposal has been developed with input from engineers, teachers, parents, children, and a team of international design students who participated in the AA Lacey Green Visiting School, set up and directed by Clementine. The structure was prototyped and fabricated at a research and fabrication facility in the village called Grysmdyke Farm, using timber donated by Hooke Park, a managed forest owned and run by the Architectural Association. Living and working at the Farm over the course of the year, relationships have been established with regional manufacturers and suppliers who have enabled the project through the provision of in-kind support and expertise.

The clay tile roof of the timber structure will be added over the summer, and the space will be enclosed as an interior classroom during the coming year. Through this process of incremental and collaborative completion, the project suggests ways in which built structure can become an ongoing framework for social and cultural infrastructure.

See wrkshp.org/lacey-green for more details.


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Architecture

    Programme

    MA Architecture, 2015

    Specialism

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  • I'm interested in the physical and social processes involved in the production of architecture, and the ways in which these can be expressed in built form. I enjoy working directly with materials and fabrication methods, and have tried to cultivate a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach – which is as much a way of life, as a form of practice. 

  • Degrees

  • RIBA Part 1 Architecture, Architectural Association School of Architecture, 2012 ; Outreach Programme, Architecture, Auburn University Rural Studio, 2010; BA Fine Art, University of Oxford, 2007 (1st Class Honours)
  • Experience

  • Co-Founder & Project Director, WORSHOP architecture, 2012 –; Architectural Assistant, Whiteley & Whiteley, London, 2013; Architectural Assistant, David Chipperfield Architects, London, 2012; Research & Production Assistant to Michael Winterbottom, London 2007 – 09; Editorial Assistant, Cabinet Magazine, Brooklyn, 2007; Sculptural Assistant, Antony Gormley Studio, London, 2005
  • Exhibitions

  • 'Not What, But How', Architectural Association, London, 2013; 'Building Community', British Council, Delhi, 2012
  • Awards

  • Nominated for RCA Helen Hamlyn Award, 2015; Shortlisted for Sustain RCA Award, 2015 ; Architectural Association Scholarship, 2010 – 2012 ; Lawrence Binyon Prize, 2007
  • Publications

  • 'WORKSHOP architecture', Recoded City: Co-Creating Urban Futures, by Thomas Ermacora & Lucy Bullivant, Routledge (September 2015); 'A Way of Life', Rural Studio at Twenty, edited by Andrew Freear, Elena Barthel & Andrea Oppenheimer Dean, Princeton Architectural Press, 2014