6a architects (Stephanie Macdonald, Tom Emerson, founded in 2001) illustrate in their projects a sophisticated experience of space, light and material, also using locations throughout their history. Their work is surprising through its sovereign sense of lightness and originality, without disowning any of its sobriety.
Stephanie Macdonald, studied Fine Arts at the Portsmouth School of Art. Following a scholarship in Japan, he studied architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the Royal College of Art and the University of North London. His experience before moving to private professional practice includes working with Tom Dixon and collaborations with Glasgow artists. He has lectured to the new creative industries in Berlin representing the ICA and the British Council.
Tom Emerson studied architecture at the University of Bath, the Royal College of Art and the University of Cambridge. He combines his professional practice with teaching at the Architectural Association in London. He has published articles on architecture, literature and art, and has taught at several architecture and art schools, including the Chelsea School of Art at the University of Cambridge, the ICA and the Royal College of Art.
Studio Tom Emerson is a design and research studio in the Department of Architecture at ETH Zurich led by Professor Tom Emerson, focusing on re-use and bricolage in architecture and the narrative of history.
Since 2010 Studio Tom Emerson has undertaken a series of collective projects exploring the architectural potential of re-use and bricolage in full scale construction projects designed and built by the students and large scale surveys of post-industrial European cities; Forst (2011) on the German Polish border, Galway (2012) on the west coast of Ireland and Glasgow (2014).
The studio started with 96 hands in September 2010, as a two week primer for the design studio. they have continued to make these small structures alongside research into territorial re-use. For them, Re-use is not an alternative to the new. It is a new reality. Every piece of land has been occupied or inhabited. New buildings are simply another way of re-using the land.
Catalogues of Atlases of Forst and Galway were published in 2012 and including essays by Pier Vittorio Aureli, Arno Brandlhuber, Tom Emerson, Shelley McNamara, Tom de Paor, Philip Ursprung and Elia Zenghelis.
In 2016 the Glasgow Atlas was exhibited and published at Glasgow International 2016, the city’s biennale of contemporary art.
The Pavilion of Reflections for Manifesta 11 Zurich, is the largest of most complex student-led project to date.