Dwellscape: The Contemporary Dwelling Interior as a Continuation of Architectonic Space is the intriguing title of Nicholas Lee’s PhD project at the Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK). The thesis explores the importance of the interior built environment, which is often ignored in architectural theory and criticism in favour of exterior architectural expression and construction. This topic allows Nicholas to pursue his twin passions of architecture and furniture design, and Denmark is, of course, the ideal place to undertake such research. During his PhD, Nicholas is committed to encouraging cultural and critical exchange between Danish and British professionals and academics in the field of architecture, and plans to organise study trips and conferences. His Ove Arup award will facilitate some of these activities. Nicholas holds a Bachelor’s degree in General Architectural Studies from the University of Bath, where he was awarded the prestigious Basil Spence award upon graduation. After completing his Master of Architecture degree at KADK, Nicholas spent three years as a tutor on the International Master’s programme in Spatial Design, Perception and Detail at the same institution. Nicholas also has extensive professional experience as an architect, having worked on projects ranging from logo design to the refurbishment of a 70-bedroom hotel in Saint Tropez.____________________________________________________________________
Jesper is in his final writing up year of a PhD thesis at Cambridge's Department of Architecture. Following his BA studies in Denmark he went to Perth in Australia where he took an MA in sustainable urbanism. The subject of his thesis is the way in which we evaluate the contribution of architecture - in its broadest meaning - to the interaction between people and the built environment. He has taken as his case study an abandoned goods yard in Copenhagen which has been transformed into a neighbourhood park. In this study he shows how using qualitative as well as quantitative measurement tools gives urban planners the possibility to improve their understanding of what a particular project contributes to its environment and to measure specific contributions against previously defined objectives. His work has already generated interest beyond academia in precisely those circles which are pragmatically affected. For example the Copenhagen Town Council as well as the superintending City Architect. He sees it as part of his role to disseminate the product of academic work to the people who will decide how our cities take shape. _____________________________________________________________________
Frederik took his first degree at the Copenhagen Business School and has since been exploring the relationship between society, design and space, an early example being work at Hellerup School where he analysed how the architecture of the school impacted its pedagogy. This work has subsequently been used as a case study at the Bartlett School of Architecture, where, following a Masters in which he achieved a distinction, he is now doing doctoral research into the social logic of cities as people interact in new ways under the varied and far ranging influence of digital technology in their daily lives. The Dean of the Bartlett believes that his thesis “will yield crucial insights to both the urban thinker and urban planner”.
Lasse Liebst was selected not only because of his excellent academic record, but also because his doctoral work as a visiting PhD scholar at the Bartlett, UCL, will focus on a topic of great interest to the Ove Arup Foundation, namely how sociology can be used to better understand the effect of space in the urban environment.