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Stephanie Tham

MA work


individuals within the collective

The project is envisioned as the beginning of a new and alternative model of living, this odd, nearly impossible site emphasises its character and the need to move away from the old, traditional ways of living.

While we unconsciously become victims of space, this project unravels and discovers a new set of rules or methodologies catered and tailored for individuals as a challenge to the ‘one size fits all’ mentality: to somehow redefine our way of living together as a community, where a sense of human life is taken into consideration in the form of space; to preserve the individual within the multitude, and to ensure a sense of seclusion within the density of a collective environment.

Taking into consideration that land is at a premium in the city of London, the project sits on a highly challenging site – at the rear of a false façade of terraced houses in Bayswater, directly atop an opening above the Circle Line.

Distinctive characters are handpicked and designed for personally based on their idiosyncratic needs. The resulting forms and shapes are intended to express a cluster of individual, personal characteristics from the outside in, making it easily distinguishable from afar.

When day-to-day human behaviour and social forms are inhibited and restricted by the outdated preconceived notion of domestic space, what could a personalized collective housing look like in the 21st century?

#house intends to explore and reveal potentially strange and unconventional ways of creating personal and shared spaces with new construction methodologies within a tight site. The project is a supposition of construction within a tight site with the restrictions of: space needed for a flexible, pleasurable, and comfortable conduct of daily activities; and the restrains of transportation from its offsite construction factory.  


  • MA Degree


    School of Architecture


    MA Architecture, 2017

  • Stephanie is not what she appears to be upon first glance. She is a multi-faceted individual who prides herself on joyful architecture design and does backflips with her pet dog more frequently than not.

    Born in Canada, raised in Malaysia, and received her tertiary education in Melbourne at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), and London at Royal College of Art (RCA), Stephanie is a little architectural nomad who is interested in the development and design of homes in relation to personal comfort and pleasure.

    On a side note, her dream has always been to design a university for homeless dogs in Malaysia and guide them to become assistance dogs for those in need (or not).

    Follow her on Instagram at @thambelinaa


  • Degrees

  • BA Architectural Design, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), 2014
  • Experience

  • Architectural assistant, B D Low Design, Malaysia 2013–2016; Event manager & assistant, Charm Cheerleading Championship, Malaysia 2016; Pee Wee Cheerleading coach, Cheer Aces, Malaysia 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) End of Semester Exhibition, Melbourne 2012, 2013, 2014