Digital Architecture Open Lecture: ‘A Visual Fabric of Space’

The next Digital Architecture Open Lecture will be given by Sam McElhinney, Course Leader of the BA Architecture at University of Creative Arts on Tuesday 21st November at 6PM in Marlowe Lecture Theatre 1.

‘A Visual Fabric of Space’

Sam McElhinney will be presenting his research work on isovist fields and discussing their import into the fundamentals of spatial cognition and understanding. He will demonstrate a new platform for architectural plan analysis, based on advanced digital coding techniques, that he has developed for practitioners, researchers and students to use. The lecture will include an outline of seven key spatial metrics and their relevance to the experience of an observer of a building, as well a history of some of his past digital coding experiments.

Sam currently runs the BA (Hons) Architecture at the Canterbury School of Architecture. He is a former member of the ‘Space Syntax Laboratory’ at UCL and his ongoing research is focussed on developing real-time and motive spatial analytic models. He is also a founding partner of MUD Architecture, a small design and research practice based in Canterbury.

From 2005 to 2012 Sam was a key member of Surface Architects. During this time Surface twice came third in BD’s Young Architect of the Year Award. Sam was Project Architect and Design Lead for Surface’s highest profile built project, a series of Wayfinding Structures in the 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. After leaving Surface he acted as a Design Manager at Jason Bruges Studio, running the design, construction and commissioning of the prestigious WWF Experience Installation.