East have been actively involved in architectural education for over 15 years. Julian Lewis, Dann Jessen, Judith Losing and Richard Hall currently teach Diploma Unit 3 at the Cass School of Architecture / London Metropolitan University. East have previously taught at a number of architecture schools including the University of East London and Mendrisio in Switzerland.
With our students we explore and test ideas for an architecture that is engaged in – and relevant to – the city at multiple scales and levels of engagement. We develop ways of carefully and rigorously recording and describing places in order to develop architectural proposals that are deeply rooted in a particular students position towards the specific situation in which they are working.
Most recently our students have been working on projects sited in São Paulo, London and Rotterdam, exploring the ideas of proximity and distance, strategy and detail and generosity as architectural concepts, and have been developing projects for city blocks, towers, evolving urban landscapes, and the integration of industry into the city.
We also engage in commissioned and self-generated research projects. Most recently we have worked on studies of managed public spaces in London and São Paulo, developed strategic proposals for how the risk of flooding in Northern European cities can be integrated into the experience and fabric of the city, and have collaborated with Hans van der Heijeden on a research project for the Tarwewijk area of Rotterdam.