ON FABRICATION: CONVERSATIONS BETWEEN DESIGNERS AND MAKERS. SESSION 1: AMIN TAHA AND PIERRE BIDAUD. ARCHITECTURAL ASSOCIATION PUBLIC PROGRAMME

2021

Project Role: Organiser and Chair

Project Category: Event

I organised and chaired this series of discussions, which explore the relationship between designing and making, and between designers and makers. The politics, poetics and practicalities involved in this exchange are regularly overlooked, with representation and documentation of completed projects tending to emphasise the role of the designer as sole author. Although a process of design delegation is intrinsic to construction at an architectural scale, the skills and expertise of a projects’ makers are often integral to the development of the design itself. In a year defined by the challenges of working remotely, it seems particularly important to maintain a conversation about working relationships, and to examine the means by which practical experience is exchanged, instructions communicated, and designs developed as shared endeavours.

In the first talk in this series, Amin Taha and Pierre Bidaud discuss their experience of working with natural stone, focusing on the creation of 15 Clerkenwell Close in particular. This seven storey building, completed in 2017, utilises quarry-finished limestone columns and lintels to form a structural stone facade. Amin and Pierre discuss how craft expertise is incorporated within an architectural design process, and the practical challenges involved in working collaboratively with structural stone.