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Sam Punchard

Part II Architectural Assistant

BA (Hons) MArch

Sam studied at Kingston School of Art for both undergrad and masters. Awarded a RIBA London Student Award and nominated to represent Kingston at the ‘Blueprint for the future’ exhibition, as selected by Blueprint Magazine as well as the Sue-Ann Lee Studentship Prize.

His studies explored collective living and interests in how architecture can create new conditions for interaction and living together. His projects developed upon this idea and have included proposing a new type of infrastructure based on emerging models of warehouse living. Collective living and working spaces supported a set of neighbourhood rooms, housed within a robust building which affirmed a new public space as the threshold to a vibrant street market in East London.

His dissertation examined metaphors within architecture; how architects such as John Utzon and Sigurd Lewerentz gained the broad vocabulary needed to design extraordinary spaces. As experiences become memories, they are stored in their minds and romanticized upon; later to be deposited in their own work.

With an interest in craft and a fascination for how things go together, Sam has a hands-on approach to architecture and enjoys using models as a tool for design.

Sam joined us at the start of 2021 having previously worked at a range of scales for several well-established practices both in London and Dorset. He is currently working on a number of projects including; Muswell Hill, Blount Street, Beresford, Manningtree, Hill House and a one off home in the heart of the Kent Weald.

Away from the office Sam might be found trying his hand at a new craft such as mosaic making, and has recently taking up cold water swimming.