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Georgina Halabi

Architect

I think that even the smallest scale intervention can have a positive effect on people’s day-to-day experience of a place.”
I think that even the smallest scale intervention can have a positive effect on people’s day-to-day experience of a place.”

I moved to London from Athens almost ten years ago to study Architecture at the Bartlett. During my year out, I worked at Peter Barber Architects where I was exposed to innovative housing projects on complex sites with a strong social agenda.

My interest in the built environment is constantly evolving, having worked on projects of very different scales. From the scale of a bench to that of a 2500 home, mixed use masterplan in Tottenham, and all the scales in between. These include a self-built Shabby Shabby apartment in Munich, a Park on Wheels in Poplar and, most recently, the detailed design of a 26 home scheme in Barking, Vicarage Fields. I think that even the smallest scale intervention can have a positive effect on people’s day-to-day experience of a place.

With increasing densities in cities like London, it is increasingly challenging for designers to find ways to encourage social interaction and a connection with nature. At Vicarage Fields, we have designed a deck access scheme that faces a communal amenity green space, encouraging neighbourly play. The design of the building encourages one to walk past their neighbours’ amenity and promotes a social interaction whilst having a strong link with nature.

Health, wellbeing and play are intrinsic to most schemes within the Studio. This corresponds to the strong emphasis on studio culture, which has encouraged me to partake in a wide range of activities, from SEW Cycling Club, to SEW Running Club, and most recently SEW Football Club. Being outdoors, connecting with nature and sharing experiences with others are key components that feed into the way we think about and design spaces.

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