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V&A Epic Iran

Epic Iran exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum is open until the 12 September 2021.


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Epic Iran on BBC2

Tonight, ‘Epic Iran’ will feature on BBC2’s ‘Secrets of the Museum,’ a behind the scenes look at the V&A - showing the work of its curators and conservators.

The episode shows the extensive conservation works and installation of ten-meter-long replicas of the painted interiors of mosque domes from central Iran, dating from the 1850s and created by local Iranian craftsmen.

The three hanging gores are a key element of the exhibition, together with a suspended animation created by Luke Halls Studio, which shows how the pattern replicates on the original shape of the dome.

‘Epic Iran’ is open until the12 September 2021.

Welcome Shivani and Robin!

We are excited to have Shivani Suthar and Robin Simpson join us for their work experience placements.

Shivani completed her Part 1 in Architecture at Oxford School of Architecture, graduating in 2021. During her final year of undergraduate studies, she investigated ‘how strengthening an existing form of sustainable infrastructure, the canal, can help reduce the social stigma that currently exists between the canal boat community and locals.’ At Gort Scott, Shivani is using her understanding of placemaking, sustainability and context-led design to work on the Oxford Covered Market masterplan for Oxford City Council.

Robin has been with us for the last three weeks as part of a shared placement with Free Haus Design to broaden his experience and understanding of practice. He has been helping with delivery of stage 4 visuals as part of the Three Mills Studios regeneration project as well as using previous experience in helping to specify materials. Robin is currently in the final year of his Part I at London Met and has been working with and artist Lawrence Lek as a digital artist and world builder. He recently won an award as part of London Met Accelerator - Big Idea Tech category for his Open Art digital galleries project and will be delivering his first exhibition with curators Thorp Stavri later this year.

Jon and Paul become Certified Passive House Designers

Congratulations to Gort Scott’s Jonathan Mann and Paul Wild who are now Certified Passive House Designers!

‘The course is aimed principally at building professionals in the UK and prepares delegates for taking the Certified European Passivhaus Designer qualification. It introduces the principles behind the Passivhaus standard and methodologies and the use of the Passivhaus Planning Package (PHPP) for achieving low energy performance, with teaching firmly based on UK building examples. The AECB CarbonLite Programme is designed to prepare delegates not only for the exam but for future involvement in very low energy building projects.’

Announcing our new Associates

Congratulations to Jonathan Mann, Sela-Jaymes Taylor and Andrew Tam, who have recently become Associates at Gort Scott, joining our Senior Team.

Fiona and Jay said: “Sela and Jon joined us last year, both very talented designers with experience at all project stages, seeing their projects built. Sela brings an emphasis on heritage and conservation, Jonathan in environmental design. Andrew has been with Gort Scott for over 8 years and brings acute design sensibility, great care and precision to all our endeavours. They are all uniquely talented, skilled and dedicated architects and their senior roles as part of the team at Gort Scott are hugely valued. They join existing Associates Alan Worn and Joseph MacMahon, Associate Director Susie Hyden and Technical Director Chris Neve as our heroic senior management super team. Thank you, guys.”


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