Preface

‘The field provides both for an expanded but finite set of related positions for a given artist to occupy and explore, and for an organization of work that is not dictated by the conditions of a particular medium.’ Joseph Beuys, ‘I am searching for a field character’ in Charles Harrison and Paul Wood (eds) Art in Theory 1900-1990: An Anthology of Changing Ideas (Oxford: Blackwell, 1992) p. 903.

Established in autumn 2008, Original Field (of Architecture Ltd) or OFA, is a collaborative studio founded on the cross-fertilisation of architectural practice, teaching and research. We have an overriding conviction to produce works which are engaging to experience, sensitive to the landscape and original. We are committed to an open form of practice involving a variety of processes and the interaction of clients, consultants, artists, trades and specialists craftsmen. Rather than pursue a single architectural cannon Original Field specialise in project specific outcomes that exceed expectations.

In following a rigorous architectural process we ensure the best possible outcomes are realised in accordance with briefs, budgets and programmes. In offering the highest level of service, our relationships with clients become well established ensuring the majority of our projects are from repeat clients.

People

Andrew Dawson

BAppSc, BArch(Hons), RAIA, ARB (Aust & UK)

Andrew has been practicing architecture since 1996, working in Oxford; Brisbane and Melbourne, Australia; and Münster, Germany. In 2008, he was a founding director of Original Field of Architecture. A graduate of the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), Andrew has been co-teaching a design studio at Oxford Brookes University since 2008.

Igea Troiani

BAppSc, BArch (Hons), PhD, ARB (Aust), RIBA (Affiliate)

Moving from Australia in 2005, Igea Troiani is an academic (Oxford Brookes University) writer, filmmaker and registered architect (in Australia). She has been practicing architecture, full and part time since 1989. She was co-founder with Andrew Dawson of the collaborative architectural studio HAPPENiNC in Brisbane (1997-2005) where they made small to medium scale domestic and commercial work, stage sets and films about architectural production.

Mando Moreti

BA(Hons), DipArch, MArch

Mando started her studies in architecture in the University of Nottingham and completed her masters in Oxford Brookes University in 2015 with Distinction. Coming from Athens she developed an interest in architecture as a socio-political response and impermanent structures that act as test beds for analysis and understanding of human needs. Mando has worked in practices both in Athens and in the UK and is a member of a Greek art foundation that researches on the meaning of sculptures in the urban city. 

Leonie Smith

BA (Hons), MArch

Leonie studied at Newcastle University before completing her Masters at Oxford Brookes University in 2017 with Distinction. She received the Scott Brownrigg Prize for the best perspective drawing and enjoys the process of transforming exciting ideas into something visible and tangible. Leonie has worked in London for one and a half years on a range of large scale residential and office buildings. 

EDWARD GILLIBRAND

BA (Hons), MArch

Edward recently completed his Masters in Applied Design in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University with Distinction.  His Post Graduate research explored David Lynch’s use of sound, and post revolution Cuban Cinema. Prior to architecture he studied Fine Art at Winchester School of Art.  There he developed a particular interest in Sound Art creating a number of installations and live performances. Alongside architecture he continues to produce work as an artist.

Joelle Darby

BArch, DipArch, MALA, ARB, RIBA

Joelle joined OFA in January 2014 from Berman Guedes Stretton where she was an associate.  Her last completed project won two RIBA Awards, the Oxford Preservation Trust New Building Award and was long listed for the Stirling Prize.  She qualified in 1997 and has worked in London and Oxford.  She taught Management, Practice and Law to architecture students at Oxford Brookes and completed an MA in Landscape Architecture with distinction and was awarded the Landscape Institute Student Portfolio Award 2017.