Contributor: Ross Keenan
Creative Discipline: Architecture
A First Class Graduate in Architecture from Kingston University in London, Ross now lives and works in London’s east end.
Currently working in the practice, Jamie Fobert Architects, his involvement in recent and current projects includes a private house in Oxfordshire, a woman’s shoe department in Selfridges London, and a competition commission for a museum/gallery in Charleston Sussex.
Up and coming projects include a store for Versace in China and a competition shortlist for the V&A museum in London, which includes David Chipperfield architects, OMA, Tony Fretton and SANNA.
High Rise Project, 3rd year, plywood + Aluminium
Ross’ work revolves around the ethos of design that responds to its context, paying attention to and dealing with the specific conditions and constraints each site offers, using them as catalysts for the design process.
In his final year project Ross undertook a project in Croydon, a borough of London that is in the midst of a large redevelopment scheme. The project was set within the high-rise district of the town and the brief was to provide social housing for young people as well as an elderly person’s day centre. The project began with an in depth study of Croydon and the immediate context, which involved urban analysis and comparison to another “city of towers,” San Gimignano in Italy.
High Rise Project, 3rd year, mixed media montage
High Rise Project, 3rd year, aerial perspective
High Rise Project, 3rd year, transverse section cut