Prof Patrick Michael Weber
Professor of Architecture for Inclusive Design
The Bartlett School of Architecture
Faculty of the Built Environment
- Joined UCL
- 23rd Sep 2003
I see myself in the first place as a practicing architect. Over the last 20 years I established StorpWeber ARCHITECTURE in the UK and in Germany with my partner Sabine Storp.
BUILDING (verb) and BUILDINGS are my passion – changing and challenging the spaces we are living in them, questioning the way we use them, always playing with the way we explore them.
Each and every project is a new challenge. The work ranges from a new build single-family dwelling in the Black Forrest that uses a complex network of blind spots to make the neighboring buildings to ‘disappear’ while at the same time defining each room’s identity and opening it up to the different horizons. A partial re-modelling of a single family Victorian house on Queens Park in London explores the playfulness of a rotating wall (that doubles up as a wardrobe). Spinning in-between two children bedrooms the way they use the space is redefined on a daily basis. They can make half of the room disappear (including themselves).
Over the last years we worked on re-modelling part of the Bartlett's expansion into the Royal Ear Hospital, the design for a pavilion for the Green Belt Movement in Nairobi in Kenya, and an installation looking at the two architects Le Corbusier and John Soane and their use of light in their buildings. This has been exhibited at John Soane's former Country Residence Pitzhanger Manor House in Ealing in March - May 2014.
I am working on a research project looking at how inhabitants of Le Corbusier's defunct Unité d'Habitation in Briey have over the years transformed the building and changed the fabric of the inhabitation. This has been exhibited in Briey in September 2018.
A further research project is helping and empowering a local community in Harlesden, London NW10 by helping to set up a self-build project for a local community hub in the Harlesden Town Garden. This has received funding from the local council (£40.000) and through the Bartlett ARF funding for the community building events (£6.000).
In 2018-2020 we are researching the Casa Sperimentale by Luigi Perugini - a modern concrete holiday home on the outskirts of Rome. Working with the present owner we will look at the history of the building. An exhibition of the preliminary research presented some of the outcomes at the Architekturgalerie am Weissenhof in Stuttgart in Spring 2019.
This research is presented on our website:
In 2016 I organised and coordinated the aae2016 conference on 'Research-Based Education' at the Bartlett School of Architecture. This was accompanied by a two volume proceedings publication. In addition to this I have been on the organising committee of the ARCHTHEO conferences in Istanbul, Turkey for since 2014.
I am currently working on the Living Laboratory - an open research lab to investigate and initiate projects looking at INHABITATION, LIVING and HOUSING in the UK and Asia.
I am currently teaching with my partner Sabine Storp in the postgraduate programme. We jointly run postgraduate unit PG13, a Masters studio looking at the future of LIVING and HOUSING. (http://bartlett-living-laboratory.tumblr.com/)
In my role as Year 1 Director at the Bartlett School of Architecture my main aim was to bring students into the field of ‘Architecture’, to widen their horizon to what architecture can be, to explore with them how to define/redefine what they want to do with buildings. A main focus is our Year 1 installation projects set in and around Sir John Soane’s Country House, Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing. Here spaces are adjusted, materials explored, preconceptions challenged.
In the past I was the BSC Architecture Admissions Tutor at the Bartlett School of Architecture where I regularly went out to secondary schools for talks, chats and workshops.
- University College London
- Other higher degree, Master of Architecture | 1997
- Universitat Stuttgart
- Other qualification, Architect Engineer | 1996
Associate Professor, MArch RIBA P2 Unit PG 13 Tutor and Director for the MSci Year 1 Arhcitecture Programme.
Studied at the Kunstakademie am Weissenhof (Weissenhof Art Academy) in Stuttgart. Graduated with a Dipl. Ing in Architektur.
Completed my MArch at the Bartlett School of Architecture in 1997 in the class of Sir Peter Cook with distinction in design and dissertation.
University of Greenwich (Year 1 Tutor, Year 1 Co-ordinator)
London Metropolitan University (Year 1 Tutor)
Bartlett School of Architecture (MArch Tutor, Degree Tutor, Diploma Tutor, Year 1 Tutor, BSc Architecture Admissions Tutor, Year 1 Co-ordinator, Year 1 Co-Director, UD RC11 Cluster leader)
Currently I am the Co-Director for the MArch Architecture Part 2 and teaching with Sabine Storp in PG13.
Lectures and Keynotes:
-China Academy of Arts, Hangzhou, China (2017, 2018 Visiting Professorship)
-Sichuan Art Academy, Chongching, China (2017)
-Archtheo Conference, Dubrovnik, Coratia (2018)
-Univeristy of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus (2019)
-Stattliche Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste, Stuttgart, Germany (2019)
-Hanyang University (Erica Campus), Seoul, South Korea (2019)
-Ravensbourne Univeristy , London, UK (2020)
Established STORP WEBER ARCHITECTURE with my partner Sabine Storp in London and Achern, Germany
Member of the Architektenkammer Stuttgart (Germany)
Member of the ARB (UK)
Extensively build in Germany and the UK, mainly residential projects, interiors, shop designs, office designs, exhibition designs and community projects.