The Icon 20/20 Architects: Daniel Rosbottom 01.05.09

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DRDH's design for a concert hall and public library in Bodø, Norway

Daniel Rosbottom is a loud proponent of revolution in UK architecture schools. As head of school of architecture and landscape at Kingston university, he has begun to make waves in the notoriously slow-moving world of architectural education. For Rosbottom, who co-founded DRDH Architects in 2000 with partner David Howarth, the act of doing is crucial to the act of learning, and he advocates teaching through real-life projects. "It creates a symbiotic relationship between the practice and teaching, which benefits both," says Rosbottom. Unusually, the whole school is currently developing research and design projects in Croydon, working with the south London borough's council on masterplan strategies. Most of DRDH teach, and their experience with the students feeds into the studio, which this year picked up a huge competition win for a £70m concert hall and public library in the Norwegian coastal city of Bodø.

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Adam Laycock

 

Words

Justin McGuirk, Johanna Agerman, William Wiles, Anna Bates, Beatrice Galilee, Oliver Wainwright, Alex Pasternack, Matthew Barac, Sean Dodson

 

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