Ms Sabine Storp
The Bartlett School of Architecture
Faculty of the Built Environment
- Joined UCL
- 1st Apr 2013
The main focus in Sabine’s research is to bring a diverse range of academic research and a broad scope of professional practice experience into the teaching landscape to foster an inclusive architectural practice. Within her academic career, she has pursued excellence and innovation in teaching and research with intensity and rigour. The dissemination and publicity of her work over the past 20 years has involved extensive designing, building in her professional career, and lecturing, exhibitions, publications, forums, workshops and conferences around the world in my teaching career.
Sabine’s research work currently investigates the idea of an architecture as an inclusive practice with a clear focus on the integration of community engagement as an inclusive participatory design on all levels of the project conception and delivery.
The work is cross-disciplinary in nature and has ventured, in many ways, into cultural practice and human wellbeing within the public realm. Furthermore, it has established, as well as it has fostered, collaborations with public authorities and other networks of like-minded practitioners, researchers and industry.
Engaging disadvantaged communities within a real and a speculative architectural context has questioned ideas of design authorship, challenged the roles within participatory practices, and the fundamental basis of what constitutes a good inclusive design.
The most significant projects have been the Harlesden Town Garden Hub and the research on the Casa Sperimentale enabling both groups with funding and support them to be able to succeed in the future.
Having established record of supervision of public engagement tactics, within other schools nationally and internationally and have been approached by PhD candidates to supervise their research as an external supervisor.
Throughout her entire career her practice-led research work and public engagement initiative have been shown in exhibitions, in galleries, increasing the engagement between the public and the discipline of architecture nationally and internationally.
Sabine’s social media channels and films on YouTube, have a community reach far beyond the national architectural audience.
The recognition though the Provost’s Public Engagement Prize for Collaborations between teaching and research in 2020 and its importance to engage with local deprived communities is the proudest achievement.
Cultural understanding and empowering communities
Making better healthy places
Uncovering fractured (hi)stories
new living pattern
An architecture of flexibility
Openness and co-design
Sabine been teaching architectural design studio since September 2000. Sabine has led very successful undergraduate and postgraduate design units since in 2005 with several RIBA president medals nominees and winners. The work of her students has repeatedly won top Bartlett School of Architecture and Faculty prizes, international competitions and other awards.
The development of an innovative curriculum around inclusion and participatory design, with strong links to communities in London and internationally certainly was initiated at London Metropolitan University. By engaging the wider public with architecture, Sabine aims to enable her students to gain valuable ‘real-life’ experiences through a series of open community consultations, presentations, exhibitions, and other initiatives of similar importance. In the context of a national (and international) housing crisis, the importance of diversity, wellbeing, health and sustainability, the development of novel housing initiatives like co-housing dwellings, the generation of new housing models, the importance of food production in the urban context, and the provision of local clean energy production are all crucial topics that need to be investigated and challenged by the students.
In the last academic years Sabine established a strong collaboration with the University of Seoul and Hanyang University Seoul, South Korea. Working on a shared Unit brief, addressing the theme of collective and shared city, within a similar context/site in London and Seoul. In 2020 working remotely with students on workshops and presentations. Students have been working on a digital collaborative media platform, to exchange information and working methods during the academic year. Final reviews and academic outcomes will be shared between them and uploaded onto a newly designed interface. These international opportunities are very important for a global student community, while the pandemic presents an opportunity to connect even further. The connected curriculum opportunity, together with a wide range of online learning possibilities, established through the Bartlett Living Lab, gives students a truly global exposure, working within partnerships informed by research from different mediums.
Establishing the link with the China Academy of Art (CAA) Hangzhou and working with them over 4 years has strengthened the global engagement and has certainly impacted within our global student community. As a direct result it has impacted and diversified the teaching approach Sabine has taken ever since.
One of her further interests is the short course programme, which has been constantly growing since 2012. Initially established as a possibility for Widening Participation applicants into Architecture, the programme has massively expanded and with it the variety of innovative teaching methods.
Last year we hosted over 500 students in the month of July. In my role as Director of Short Courses I had to manage over 40 design tutors and introduce over 40 new teaching student assistants.
Being able to stimulate and advise on international workshop learning activities and teaching material in Asia, South America and Middle East and the Baltics has given me the opportunity to be invited to overview student workshops.
- Universitat Stuttgart
- Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Diploma | 1996
Education / Qualifications
1996 -1997 Carl Duisburg Scholar Puebla, Mexico DAAD and CDG award, Germany
1993 -1996 Master Architecture, (Dipl.- Ing. Arch) State Art Academy, Weissenhof, Stuttgart, Germany
1989 - 1993 Degree Industrial Design, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
1987 - 1989 Degree Architecture, IUAV, Venice, Italy
2020 -2021 Project Lead RIBA Validation visit 2021 The Bartlett BSA
2020 -ongoing MSci Professional Practice Co-ordinator The Bartlett BSA
2020 -ongoing Director of Short Courses and Online education The Bartlett BSA
2017 -ongoing MArch PG13 Design Tutor with Patrick Weber The Bartlett BSA
2015 - 2017 Urban Design RC 11 Design Tutor with Patrick Weber The Bartlett BSA
2016 - 2020 Director of Short Courses The Bartlett BSA
2012 - 2015 BSc UG1 Studio Tutor with Holly Lewis and Patrick Weber The Bartlett BSA
2013 - 2016 Coordinator Short Courses and Admissions tutor
2008 - 2013 Deputy Head of School, The CASS London Met
2006 - 2008 Academic Leader Undergraduate, The CASS London Met
2006 - 2013 Degree UG4 Studio Tutor, The CASS London Met
2005 - 2006 BSc UG2 Studio Tutor with Agniezska Glowacka The Bartlett BSA
2004 - 2005 BSc UG1 Studio Tutor with Eduardo Rosa The Bartlett BSA
2000 - 2008 Year 1 Co-ordinator Architecture,London Met
Professional Practice and Membership
2012 -ongoing Chartered Member, RIBA Royal Institute of British Architects
2012 -ongoing Director Storp Weber architecture, London (with Patrick Weber)
2000 - 2012 Architect and Co-founder of s_w_arch architectural design, (with Patrick Weber)
2007 -ongoing Member, ARB Architects Registration Board 078866J
2000 -ongoing Member, Architektenkammer Baden Württemberg, Stuttgart
Exhibitions and workshops 2021 Venice Architecture Biennale 2021, Korean Pavilion, Future school with Hanyang University 2021 Seoul Architecture Biennale 2021, Seoul, Global Studio South Korea 2019 Royal Academy of Arts, London, Summer Exhibition, group exhibition, ‘Casa Sperimentale’
2019 Architekurtgalerie am weissenhof, Stuttgart, Germany, solo Exhibition, Casa Sperimentale
2019 Seoul Architecture Biennale 2019, Seoul, South Korea, group exhibition, ‘The Sharing City’
2017 Sichuan Fine Art Institute, Chongqing, China, workshop exhibition, ‘The Negotiated City’
2017 China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, China, workshop exhibition, ‘Re-negotiating the Rural’