A multi-disciplinary design consultancy involving student collaborators.
In 2012, I received a University Innovative Initiative Grant with Liam Ross to start ESALA Projects, a design/research consultancy involving staff/student collaborations and external engagement. The office opened Spring 2013. ESALA Projects supports design consultancy undertaken by staff and students at the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Staff members at ESALA offer professional and academic expertise in the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Conservation. Situated within Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh, ESALA Projects provides a platform for multi-disciplinary collaboration in the context of an art-school and world-leading research institution
One project featured on the site, “Fresh Kills: Exothermic Landscape,” is a competition entry I completed in collaboration with engineers at Heriot-Watt University and ESALA students. The competition asked for the design of a renewable energy landscape on decommissioned landfill, FreshKills in Staten Island, New York. Through a series of discreet interventions, the project makes legible the subterranean, terrestrial, and aerial conditions that create very particular microclimate conditions on the site. ESALA students assisted with design development and the HWU student developed computational fluid dynamic site models and thermal comfort indices for testing the proposals. The competition entry was exhibited on site as part of a public outreach initiative by competition organisers.