Architects Journal

The latest in a series of practice profiles looking at those who have recently decided to go it alone. Today former PAD Studio associate Darren Bray on his new studio..

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E architect

October books was formed in 1977 in Southampton in Portswood High street. It is a non for profit co-operative radical neighborhood independent book shop. The shop itself is independent from any political organization, and looks to promote a fair and equal society.

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Guardian

About 250 people formed a human chain to help a community bookshop in Southampton move to a new store after a rent increase left them unable to afford their old premises.

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BBC News

About 250 people formed a human chain along a street and lent a hand to help a bookshop move to new premises.

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RIBA Role model project

Darren started his architectural career as a technician on a youth training scheme before going on to train as an architect at Portsmouth University School of Architecture. He now teaches part-time at Portsmouth School of Architecture, and is a visiting critic at Brighton University. Darren founded Studio B.a.d. Architects in 2018.

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RIBA Guerrilla Tactics lecture

RIBA Guerrilla Tactics 2017 – The Power of Small. Our Approach to Change – Darren Bray, Pad Studio. Held at the Royal Institute of British Architects on 14 November 2017

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The Place of Glorious Failure Documentary

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RIBA Journal

Undiagnosed dyslexia meant Darren Bray left school with one GCSE above D. Meeting the right mentors, and his own determination, led him to become an RIBA Role Model

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RIBA Conversation DB + Tayseer

Darren And Tayseer Talk About Confidence, Philosophy And Practical Benefits Of Mentoring

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HBR

Darren is and has been a regular contributor to Home Building and renovating over the past 10 years, submitting projects, expert pieces on architecture and the built environment, as well as judging the Daily Telegraph HBR awards. Here is a small section of some recent articles.

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Three Paradigms of Architecture

Darren was invited by leading academic and writer Roger Tyrrell to contribute to his latest book
Three Paradigms of Phenomenological Architecture
This book examines the work of three seminal Nordic architects – Alvar Aalto, Jørn Utzon and Sverre Fehn – from a phenomenological perspective, utilising the methodology of ‘paradigm’ (or ‘in the manner of”). Roger Tyrrell explains how the approach of each architect is defined by the three sub-frames of the paradigm: that of the ‘origin’ (arche), that of ‘revealing’ (techne), and that of ‘the poetic conjunction’, in order to gain a holistic understanding of the experiential or phenomenological predisposition of the three architects. Using this method the author describes the commonalities and distinctive qualities of the architecture and design methods of Aalto, Utzon and Fehn. The final chapter projects the intellectual heritage of the three protagonists into the contemporary world, examining the work of practices from the UK, Norway and the USA that each extend this particular way of making place.

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Projects