Workshop – Skinners’ Academy

Students designed and constructed a large self supporting structure out of modular aluminium box section and aluminium tape as a joining device. Students spent the morning developing scaled models individually to understand basic structural principles and design proportions before consolidating their findings to construct a full-scale installation in the afternoon. This workshop aimed to introduce structural principles in a hands-on manner and explore the aesthetics of intuitive making.


James Shaw – is a designer specialising in the design and manufacture of bespoke furniture and products, sculptural objects and material research. He has exhibited internationally and his work is in the permanent collections of MoMA, The Montreal Museum of Art and the Vitra Design Museum among others.

Rain Wu – is an architect working in various fields of art, design and curation with projects oscillating between scales and materiality. She is an associate lecturer at Chelsea College of Art and her work has been exhibited at the Design Museum, Taipei Biennial, London design Biennale and SharjahBiennial.

This workshop was delivered in association with University College London’s Widening participation.