Unscene Architecture was founded by Madeleine Kessler and Manijeh Verghese in 2019. Manijeh and Madeleine are co-curators of the British Pavilion at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale, which will now be held in 2021. Together they have run several summer school units, workshops and Saturday Club masterclasses across the UK over the past six years.
Ioana Man works between architecture, set design and critical practice, having just graduated from the Architectural Association. She seeks to question the architecture, science and rituals that influence what futures we are heading towards, through a form of practice that combines theatrical techniques with academic research and architectural design. She has had work commissioned by the Open Platform at the Wellcome Collection and has been selected for the Connect for Creativity art and technology residency. Previously she has worked on set and exhibition design for Studio Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg and StoreyStudio, and the architecture practice PHASE3. Ioana is a Young Trustee for the Architecture Foundation, now looking to bridge the gap between architects and scientists in order to demystify how we practice in the larger environment.
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Rosie Hervey is an architect and undergraduate tutor at the CASS and Oxford Brookes. She works in the field of Community led housing and is currently completing a research fellowship on Inter-generational community led housing awarded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust in partnership with the UK National Housing Federation.
Within practice her background is in civic participation. Previously working for Studio Weave, Architecture 00 and Publica, she has principally worked on community-led schemes within the education and public realm sector using narrative and story-telling as a medium to facilitate the collective re-imagining of public space and the development of community focused infrastructure. She was granted a BPFs Tomorrows Leaders Award for inclusive design for her work on Belvue School and is an active member of CASH, a local Community Land Trust in London.
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Manijeh Verghese is a founding Director at Unscene Architecture and the Head of Public Programmes at the Architectural Association where she organises lectures, exhibitions, open seminars and other special projects for a diverse range of audiences. She is a seminar leader for the AA Professional Practice for Fifth Year course and the editor of the website AA Conversations. She is also a Visiting Lecturer at the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Johannesburg. Over the past seven years, she has led postgraduate and undergraduate design studios at both the Architectural Association and Oxford Brookes University. She has worked for architecture practices including John Pawson and Foster + Partners, and has contributed to design publications such as Disegno and Icon, as well as think-tanks, books and peer reviewed journals.
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Madeleine Kessler is a RIBA chartered architect and founding Director at Unscene Architecture. Trained as an architect and structural engineer, she is experienced in working with complex urban sites, placing community, craft and placemaking at the heart of design. Previously she worked at Haworth Tompkins, HHF Architekten, Studio Weave, and Haptic Architects, where she was an Associate, on projects ranging from temporary pavilions and theatres to infrastructure and urban design, including Battersea Arts Centre, Kings Cross W3, St James's Market Pavilion, and Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Madeleine sits on the National Infrastructure Commission’s Design Group, and teaches at the London School of Architecture. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Oslo Architecture Triennale. In 2020 she was named in the Architects’ Journal 40 under 40, and she was awarded the 2019 RIBA Rising Star Award.