The Poetics of Architecture

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Thu 12Mar

A Guided Exploration

Facilitator: Tomas Millar & David Wilson

The spatial aspects of our surroundings exert a powerful influence on our sense of wellbeing, our emotional state and our interactions with others. And yet the concepts that relate to architectural space are frequently obscure, esoteric and inaccessible to non-specialists.

This one-day workshop will encourage you to deepen your awareness of the poetic aspects of spatial design, allowing you to begin to see your surroundings in a new light and introduce you to a critical understanding of the way we inhabit architectural space.

Event time: Thu 12th Mar 2020 at 9:30am - Thu 12th Mar 2020 at 5:00pm

At a Glance

  • Nests, dens and tree houses – the poetic roots of architecture
  • A flight through the history of architecture
  • Contemporary ideas about architectural design
  • Thinking about the future – how can we shape our surroundings to better meet our needs

You will Gain

  • An enhanced perception of your spatial environment
  • An introduction to a number of books, ideas and theories around spatial design
  • Tips and tricks for thinking about the way we use spaces
  • Simple and effective ways to respond to and shape your surroundings

Places and Spaces: we will think about and describe places with which we have strong associations, drawing both on our present experience as well as childhood memories.

The way we apprehend architectural space is influenced by history, myth, the natural environment and our own physical bodies. We will introduce a number of influential texts and concepts that can enrich our experience and understanding of space.

Shaping space is arguably the central activity of architecture and yet it is something we all engage in every day. We will explore ways in which we can begin to think differently about our own towns, neighbourhoods, homes and work-spaces.

Price Options

£95 Day Course


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Practical Information

No specialist knowledge is assumed or required

Price includes materials, delicious two-course lunch and refreshments.

Registration from 9.00am-9:30am.

Tomas Millar

Tomas Millar trained at the University of Edinburgh and The Bartlett School of Architecture, London. Constructor of several treehouses, he is a co-founder of Millar Howard Workshop – an award-winning architectural practice based near Stroud. He has pioneered the application of advanced visualisation techniques in architectural design.

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David Wilson

David Wilson has a mixed background in mathematics, architecture and computer science. He trained at the University of Cambridge and the Architectural Association, London. After a 25-year interlude working on the design of high-performance computers, he returned to architectural practice in 2009.


“This place is flippin’ brilliant. It’s a great credit to the architects for designing such a low impact treehouse.”
Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs on Tomas Millar’s award-winning treehouse

“Design ingenuity is crucial to protecting our planet.”
Millar Howard Workshop

“Can architecture shift attitudes for our vulnerable future?
Millar Howard Worskhop

“Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness.”
Frank Gehry

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” Leonardo da Vinci