Institutional Forms & Urban Logics was an architectural design studio at the Royal College of Arts founded by Beth Hughes and Alison Crawshaw. Over the three years which it ran it was taught by Beth Hughes, Alison Crawshaw, Rhys Williams and Sam Chermayeff.

Beth Hughes has worked on projects of all scales around the world. Educated in Australia, she graduated with first class honours from the University of Technology Sydney where she later taught. She worked for several design practices in Australia managing a variety of projects including the City of Sydney Public Library. In 2004 Beth joined the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, (OMA — Rem Koolhaas) in Rotterdam, where as an Associate she was responsible for a number of projects in London (White City, BBC masterplan, Commonwealth Institute), Latvia (Riga Contemporary Art Museum, Riga Port City) and the Middle East (Al Faisaliah Riyadh, City in the Desert, Jebel Al Jais Mountain Resort). In 2009, after twelve years of professional experience, Beth joined as a partner at Point Supreme Architects in Athens, Greece. In 2011 Beth established her own practice now based in London. Her work has been extensively published and awarded in several international competitions including Europan 10 Norway and the Nordic Built Challenge Denmark. Beth has taught design and history theory at several universities including the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL and the University of Cambridge. Beth is Head of Programme at the RCA.

Alison Crawshaw is an architect who has worked in London, New York, and in Italy. Her portfolio includes buildings, installations, and numerous public realm and strategic urban design projects. She set up her own practice in 2014 and is working on a range of projects including a one hectare landscape in Saudi Arabia and a house in South London.She worked at muf architecture/art for over six years where she was project architect on Barking Town Square, winner of the European Prize for Urban Space and nominated for the Mies Van Der Rohe award. Alison was awarded the Rome Scholar in Architecture in 2010–11. Her research from the scholarship was expanded and presented in the International section of the Venice Biennale. Alison has taught at numerous architecture schools including the Architectural Association, Cambridge University and with muf, at the Bauhaus in Dessau and at Yale University. Her work has been published in Wall Street International Journal, il Manifesto, Building Design and Detail.

Rhys Williams graduated in fine art before studying architecture at the Royal College of Art. He has worked in India with Matharoo Associates and in Beijing and Seoul with the New York firm OBRA Architects on projects ranging from large scale masterplans through to art installation. His own design projects explores what role  behavioual and performative practices have in contemporary architecture today.

Sam Chermayeff is an architect and cofounder of the office June14 Meyer-Grohbrügge & Chermayeff. He is currently working on a cohousing block in Berlin and a house in upstate New York alongside numerous other commissions. Sam worked for SANAA in Tokyo for six years, leading projects such as the Serpentine Pavilion and curation of the Venice Biennale. He teaches at the Dessau institute of Architecture and previously taught at Columbia University. He is recipient of a Graham Foundation grant and has lectured and exhibited internationally.

The studio was joined by Ryan Neiheiser and for workshops and reviews.

Aram Mooradiam was a critical friend and Samson Adjei and Aran Chadwick provided technical support. 


Samson Adjei, Andreas Angelidakis, George Arbid, Fabrizio Ballabio, Peter Karl Becher, Umberto Bellardi Ricci, Iain Boal, Shumi Bose, Arno Brandlhuber, Matthew Butcher, Mark Campbell, Aran Chadwick, Pippo Ciorra, Dominic Cullinan, Mona Fawaz, Liza Fior, Fenna Haakma Wagenaar, Andrew Hanson, Harriet Harriss, Samantha Hardingham, Rosy Head, Dimitris Issaias, Adam Jasper, Lily Jencks, Sonja Junckers, Adam Kaasa, Bernard Khoury, Fadi El Khoury, Adrian Lahoud, Paul Mason, Flavien Menu, Aram Mooradian, Tanelli Mansikkamaki, Bashir Mojaes, Pernilla Ohrstedt, Elena Pascolo, Maria Pavlidi, Godofriedo Pereira, Oriel Prizeman, Jessica Reynolds, Christopher Roth, Raina Sassine, Ingrid Schroeder, Sayan Skandarajah, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Jack Self, Ingrid Schroeder, Torsten Schroeder, Fadi Toffeli, Olly Wainwright, Frederick Wiseman.

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