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

Catalina Dima

Catalina is undergoing her Architecture and Urban Planning studies at the University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania. In 2019 she moved to Oxford and joined our team to continue to explore, develop and test her architecture skills in order to provide high quality design solutions which offer an elegant combination of form and function. She has previously worked in Cluj where she has been involved in a wide range of projects from large-scale residential to single storey extensions.

Joelle Darby

BArch, DipArch, MALA, ARB, RIBA

Joelle joined OFA in January 2014 from Berman Guedes Stretton where she was an associate.   She qualified in 2000 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 in 2018 and was awarded the Landscape Institute Student Portfolio Award in 2017 and Student Dissertation Award in 2018.


Igea Troiani

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

Igea is a Professor of Architecture (Univeristy of Plymouth), writer and filmmaker who has worked in the UK, China, Germany and Australia.  She has been practising architecture, full and part time since 1989.  She was co-founder with Andrew Dawson of the collaborative architectural studio HAPPENiNC in Brisbane and is a Founding Director of OFA.  She is author of Politics of Making (2007), Transdisciplinary Urbanism and Culture (2017), Architecture Filmmaking (2019) and Visual Research Methods in Architecture (2020).  She is founding editor-in-chief of the international, awarding-winning journal Architecture and Culture published by Taylor & Francis.


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 for many years tutored design at a number of universities and has extensive experience across the architectural profession.

Raghav Dixit

Raghav joined OFA in 2020 as a Part II Architectural Assistant.  After finishing his B.SC in Architecture and M.Arch in Architecture with distinctions at UEL, London, he continued his education as a Master of Research (Architecture) where he explored the Housing Crisis related to Capitalism in UK.  Over the years, Raghav has worked on a wide range of projects in Delhi, Toledo and London. including bespoke furniture, pavilions and single houses with a contract value of £1 million.  Alongside architecture, in his free time he likes to design and make sculptures and to take photographs, which he has already exhibited in the UK and India.