I studied Fine Art Painting, practised and exhibited work while working part-time at the ICA before starting a degree course in Architecture.
Following graduation in Architecture at post-graduate level, I initially worked for Stanton Williams Architects, participating in a range projects including the National Theatre refurbishment, the Millenium Seedbank at Wakehurst Place, and Pleats Please for Issey Miyake. I then joined Conran and Partners where I worked on a restaurant in New York, the Great Eastern Hotel in London, an apartment building in Tokyo, a hotel in Bangalore and Niki Club Hotel in Japan, to name a few.
I moved to Sheffield in 2003, where I set up HoughtonBudd Architects with my partner, Andrew Budd, and began teaching at the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University. We returned to London in 2008 and have continued to run the practice in parallel with a teaching post at Kingston University. Most of our practice work is residential. We recently had a project featured in the Home/ Interior section of the Financial Times.
In my role as module tutor and coordinator in the area of Architectural Representation at Kingston University, I have been interested in hand-drawing as a practice of design and the physical relationship between thought, the hand and the paper surface.
I encourage students to explore a wide-range of representation disciplines and to make use of the great facilities within the ‘art school’ faculty.
Particular emphasis has been in the area of print-making, where the various processes are encouraged as a design tool. I am interested in the material processes, the layering and editing that occurs while preparing a plate and making a print, the traditional and physical activity of printing, and the weight of the press and paper as site or ground. There is also the sense of the unknown, of discovery that the process offers.