Mr William Burges
School: School of Art and Architecture
Position: Studio Tutor
Will has been an undergraduate studio tutor since 2009, running studios working in New York, Rome and Venice.
He is a practicing architect and founded 31/44 Architects in 2010. The practice name references their studio locations in both the Netherlands (Amsterdam) and the UK (London).
The practice works on projects ranging in scale from strategic masterplanning through to smaller scale residential work. Buildings are characterised by a thoughtful response to context – they are not conceived in isolation, but instead grow out of the particular conditions of each setting, resulting in buildings with an inherent connection to their site whilst ensuring that they are a close reflection of their clients' requirements.
Built works include Wenslauer House, Amsterdam; No. 22 and No. 49, two new-build houses on the same street in Lewisham; and Redchurch Corner, a mixed-use development of retail and hotel suites in Shoreditch.
Projects in development include: several new-build residential developments for private developers; the refurbishment of the conference facilities at The Barbican; the refurbishment of a 1940s cafe pavilion in Battersea Park; and the extension of the hotel facilities at Redchurch Corner, Shoreditch in a new development, Redchurch & Whitby.
The practice featured in the Architecture Foundation's New Architects 3, a survey of Britain's best emerging practices from the last ten years (published in 2016) and was included in Wallpaper*s 2016 Global Architects Directory.
Our practice is focused on delivering buildings, many of which are in difficult, historic contexts. We seek to produce buildings that are quietly confident – they are quiet in their relationship to the city, but steadfastly confident about their own presence. They are part of the everyday language of the city, but not afraid of being bold, perhaps even monumental.
In all of our projects, we hope to evoke an atmosphere that is timeless – when designing we always imagine ourselves in twenty, fifty, even a hundred years, looking back at the building, to arrive at a design which is defined by its sense of belonging rather than the taste of the era in which it was built.
Educational and professional qualifications
2016 completed buildings featured in Dwell, Architecture Today, Blueprint and the Architect's Journal.