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Oliver Wainwright

MA work

ADS3: HORROR

Diplomacy is changing. The embassy – an outmoded tool of political negotiation – has been made redundant, its traditional functions superseded by modern communication and outsourced to the private sector. Yet despite now lying empty, as Potemkin façades of international presence, embassies retain a uniquely privileged position of immunity from the laws and regulations of their host states, operating unchecked in a sacrosanct realm of inviolability. This project explores how, facing redundancy, the entrepreneur– ambassador could reconfigure the diplomatic mission, exploiting immunity to transform the embassy into a vehicle for advancing ‘soft power’ influence, hosting institutions that function beyond the realms of UK law.

Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Architecture

    Programme

    MA Architecture, 2010

  • ADS3: HORROR

    Diplomacy is changing. The embassy – an outmoded tool of political negotiation – has been made redundant, its traditional functions superseded by modern communication and outsourced to the private sector. Yet despite now lying empty, as Potemkin façades of international presence, embassies retain a uniquely privileged position of immunity from the laws and regulations of their host states, operating unchecked in a sacrosanct realm of inviolability. This project explores how, facing redundancy, the entrepreneur– ambassador could reconfigure the diplomatic mission, exploiting immunity to transform the embassy into a vehicle for advancing ‘soft power’ influence, hosting institutions that function beyond the realms of UK law.

  • Degrees

  • BA (Hons), Architecture (Double first), University of Cambridge, 2006
  • Experience

  • Co-founder, Studio Superniche, London, 2009 to present; Architectural critic, Icon magazine, Building Design, The Architect's Journal and Frieze, London, 2007 to present; Architectural assistant, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rotterdam, Netherlands, 2007/8; Urban design assistant, Design for London, London, 2006/7
  • Exhibitions

  • Parallel Cases, Rotterdam International Architecture Biennale, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2009
  • Awards

  • First prize, Parallel Cases Exhibition, Rotterdam International Architecture Biennale,, 2009; Second prize, China Development and Planning Outstanding Paper Awards, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2006; Winner, RIBA Anderson and Webb Scholarship, 2004