Bartlett Unit 17

Yeoryia Manolopoulou has been teaching postgraduate Unit 17 at the Bartlett’s MArch Architecture Programme since 1999, initially with teaching partners Niall McLaughlin and Philip Tabor, and more recently also with Michiko Sumi.

Unit 17 students design contextual buildings that purposefully interplay with the social, political and material cultures of specific places. Each project is research-based, aiming to construct an architectural thesis that is explicitly manifested in the design proposition. We are interested in each student’s imagination and original voice, and seek diversity in the work produced by the unit as a whole: projects complement and sometimes intentionally contradict each other to form a multilayered dialogue about the nature of architectural thought and practice today. Design iteration through drawing and making is a constant activity that we encourage. Stimulating travel, critical debate and an osmosis of ideas and techniques in the studio are vital aspects of the unit’s culture.

Visit the Bartlett Design Anthology Unit 17, summarising the work since 2004, here.

Visit the Unit 17 instagram page, run by the students, through this link.


Tamsin Hanke constructing a model of Magnitogorsk, 2014


Anne Schroell in the Unit 17 studio in Wates House, 2003

Anne Schroell among a world of models in the Unit 17 studio, 2003