PhD candidate; RCA & freelance built environment writer/researcher
Claire studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Art, and became part of the Building Futures core staff team in 2009 – coordinating the programme and leading on a range of research projects including The Future for Architects. In 2011 Claire left the RIBA to pursue a Ph.D at the Royal College of Art in the department of Critical and Historical Studies. Her thesis researches the way that fictional writing may inform and enhance the processes of architectural design. The project will ask how fictional writing might suggest spatial scenarios that visual tools cannot, and in particular look to the social and imaginative occupation of space. Where visual techniques tend to prioritise architecture as object, the hypothesis is that narrative techniques will lead to richer investigations of the content and use of architecture.