Stuart Franks

MA work

Founded by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, the redevelopment of Robin Hood Gardens as the Institute of Epigenetic Science – part residential maternity clinic and part scientific experiment – comes to the aid of London’s most deprived borough.


Based on the scientific fact that prenatal women are able to alter biological characteristics of their offspring through a prescribed course of living environments, the project asks: to what extent will expectant parents alter their surroundings to engineer the perfect child? And to what extent can architecture really shape our biology?


Info

  • MA Degree

    School

    School of Architecture

    Programme

    MA Architecture, 2012

    Specialism

    ADS4

  • Founded by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, the redevelopment of Robin Hood Gardens as the Institute of Epigenetic Science – part residential maternity clinic and part scientific experiment – comes to the aid of London’s most deprived borough.


    Based on the scientific fact that prenatal women are able to alter biological characteristics of their offspring through a prescribed course of living environments, the project asks: to what extent will expectant parents alter their surroundings to engineer the perfect child? And to what extent can architecture really shape our biology?


  • Degrees

  • MA (Hons), Architecture (First class), University of Edinburgh, 2010
  • Experience

  • Shadowboxing show design (Slowscape), Curating Contemporary Art programme, Royal College of Art, 2010; Architectural assistant, Haworth Tompkins Architects, London, 2011; Architect, BDP, Birmingham, 2010; Architectural assistant, Christoff: Finio Architecture, New York, USA, 2009
  • Exhibitions

  • Tram Spotting/Train Stopping, Schop Gallery, Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, 2010; Paperless City, InSpace Gallery, Edinburgh, 2010