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Samuel Douek

MA work

Never Say Die

Never Say Die sought to define and design ‘queer space’ immune from the threat of gentrification. This manifested as two polarised endeavours; a live project in which a caravan was appropriated to create a functioning performance and community space, and a speculative masterplan for a commodified queer neighbourhood in Jaywick, Essex. The contradictions of these methodologies revealed the problems that arise when proposing design solution. Therefore, rather than resolving unsustainable spatial interventions, Never Say Die serves as a catalyst for continuing research, advocating for the creation of subversive queer space as a model of governance for wider society.


  • MA Degree


    School of Architecture


    MA Architecture, 2016

  • Samuel Douek is a designer and film maker from London. After graduating with with first class honours from the Bartlett School of Architecture in 2012, he spent six months working for social housing practice ELEMENTAL in Santiago de Chile before working in New York in theatrical Set Design. In 2013 he began working for Amin Taha Architects in Clerkenwell, London before his Part II MA Architecture at the Royal College of Art.

    Graduating from the Royal College of Art with a distinction he is continuing to work across architecture, research and film, exploring the intersections of gender, sexuality and space. 

  • Degrees

  • BSc Architecture (Hons), University College London, 2012
  • Experience

  • Architectural Assistant, Amin Taha Architects, London, 2013-2014; Architectural Assistant, Elemental, Santiago de Chile, August 2013 - February 2014; Theatrical Set Design Assistant, Scott Pask Set Design, New York, March 2014 - August 2014
  • Awards

  • WLAS First Year Architecture Prize, RCA, 2015; Dean's List Award, UCL, 2012
  • Conferences

  • Soho in Our Minds Conference Panel, UCL, April 2016; Queer Performance Now Conference, Kings College London, June 2015; Fringe Festival Conference, The Glory, Hagerstown, November 2015
  • Publications

  • The Eradication of London's Democratic Queer Pubs, A Gendered Profession, 2016