Translations is a catalogue of selected design drawings, models and sketches of three urban and three building design projects of Florian Beigel, Philip Christou and the Architecture Research Unit. The works have been selected to present the design thinking of process rather than the finished results of the projects.
Each project is accompanied by a design reference – a painting, a photograph or a sculpture that is related to the development of the architectural concepts and spirit of the project. To a certain extent these references have been translated into the design proposals.
The Architecture Research Unit is an architecture design studio based at the London Metropolitan University since 1974, a design laboratory for design as research, building architectural prototypes at the small and large scales. For Florian Beigel and Philip Christou the work of the architect is to produce fresh spatial and tectonic concepts at the interior, building and the urban scale – design as research.
Florian Beigel, in partnership with Philip Christou, practice, teach and research architecture.
They are Directors of Florian Beigel Architects, London.
Florian Beigel is the Director of the Architecture Research Unit (ARU) and Professor Emeritus at the London Metropolitan University where he has been an architectural design tutor since the early 1970’s. He was awarded the Annie Spink Award for Excellence in Architectural Education from the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2014.
Florian Beigel was born in 1941 in Konstanz, Southern Germany. He received a Diplom Ingenieur (Architecture) at University of Stuttgart in 1968 and a Master of Science at University College, London in 1969. He was an architectural assistant to Prof. Rolf Gutbrod in Stuttgart and Arup Associates in London, and worked as a research assistant with Günter Behnisch, in conjunction with Frei Otto on the Munich Olympic structures. Since 1970 he has been an architect in private practice in London. Florian Beigel received the Grand Art Prize 2013 from the Academy of Arts, Berlin.
Philip Christou has worked with Florian Beigel Architects and the Architecture Research Unit since 1985. He was born in 1956, in Lethbridge, Alberta, Western Canada. He began his university education at McGill University, Montreal, then studied Fine Art at the University of Lethbridge and The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association London.
He is Professor Emeritus at the London Metropolitan University. He has lectured in numerous schools of architecture and participated in international conferences concerning architectural design in Europe and Asia. He has written a number of texts for international journals.
Published by SAM Swiss Architecture Museum and supported in part by Drawing Matter and Studio Märkli.