Samantha Lynch is a lecturer and studio leader in Architecture. Following completion of her Masters at the University of Manitoba, Canada, she has carried out funded architectural research in Montreal, Berlin, Italy and the United Kingdom. Samantha has worked in architectural practices in both North America and Europe, and in 2009 was awarded a Power Corporation of Canada Award, followed by the 2010 Canadian Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners.
Samantha's developing research interests in time, photography and the role of the image in architectural design led her to a fully funded PhD at the University of Brighton, where she has been lecturing at both masters and undergraduate level.
Her doctoral research investigates the temporal relationship of experimental methods in both architectural drawing and making, focusing on the role of the unknown in the creative process. Her findings are fundamentally connected to the process of learning and this is expressed though her position as a studio leader. She has been involved in architectural education since 2012 and her active interest in learning is central to her role as an academic researcher. As the vehicle for her research often manifests in drawing and built works, she actively exhibits in the UK and abroad.
The architecture studio is a creative and educational space that is at the centre of each architecture student’s design education. It is a place of invention and experimentation, where the testing out of ideas is shared in a community of like-minded and engaged colleagues. I lead an undergraduate level studio and assist in a masters studio. Both of these communities are vibrant and in my studios I encourage a crossing over of ideas and discussions between these levels. As all architecture design studios are vertical at the University of Brighton (combining different year levels), each student is challenged and supported by their peers and given opportunities to teach as well as to learn. This increases capability in communication, teamwork, critical reflection and design skills. The cross-pollination of methods and techniques strengthens the design outputs and allows for a diverse and thriving educational platform.
In leading a studio I am able to share my experience in making and drawing, which is central to my academic research. The methods of experimentation and skill-building that I encourage allow for a personal engagement and development for each individual. I believe it is important to teach design students how to have the confidence to make decisions while expanding their horizons beyond what they already know. This approach is supported by the body of skills that they are able to develop through model-making, drawing, photography and experimentation with a range of media - both physically and digitally.
In teaching, it is my goal for the students to begin to develop their own critical position on design, both theoretically and through the cultivation of their own architectural language. The diversity that comes with this approach enriches the studio culture and provides a greater territory of exploration. As part of the studio curricula there are seminars on contemporary design projects and techniques, theoretical readings that help to strengthen academic and practice-based positions, and a constant update of recommended films, events and exhibitions. Group activities, such as the building of the studio site model, and field trips add to the core knowledge of the studio. The academic year culminates in a curated studio exhibition that invites the greater design community, families, colleagues and friends to share in the work.
Sketching, drawing, scripting, modeling, 4th Architectural Research Forum, TU Berlin (confirmed: presenting and exhibiting)
Black Horses funded residency and solo exhibition, Halle, Germany
Emerging Times: Ideas for Future Architectures, group exhibition, Regency Town House, Brighton UK
The Dark Mirror: Engaging Multiple Temporalities Through Drawing, presentation, part of the University of Brighton School of Architecture and Design Lecture Series
The Dark Mirror: Engaging Multiple Temporalities Through Drawing, PhD Thesis
Gegenstand, group exhibition, Triftstraße 19A, Halle, Germany
Drawing Research Network and TRACEY Postgraduate Conference, Coventry University (presented)
Drawing Research Interest Group Platform, University of Brighton (presented)
Research Article: “A Year and Back” Network Magazine, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba, 46-47
Displacement Site Cameras: Prix de Rome Independent Research Project (one year), Germany, funded by the Canada Council for the Arts
“Unscheduled Intervals” collaborative article, Pidgin 8, New Jersey: Princeton University, 200-201
Missing In the Dark, solo exhibition, 911 Corydon, Winnipeg ,Canada
Light Studies: Oculus and Surface, independent research project (3 months), Italy and France, funded through the University of Manitoba
Delta Time, group exhibition, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Canada
Schedules, group/independent research project (3 months), Canadian Centre for Architecture, funded by the Power Corporation of Canada
“Constructing Temporal Thresholds” Warehouse 18, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba, 88-91