Daniel Stokes Dezeen HLM Architects

Appearing in Dezeen, projects from London South Bank University students, presented as part of the VDF school show, envision new purposes for the Eero Saarinen-designed US Embassy and improvements to the social fabric of the capital’s neighbourhoods.

The 19 concepts were created by students across the school from graduates, undergraduates, part- and full-time students as well as apprentices.

Daniel, who was one of the first apprentices on HLM’s apprenticeship scheme, launched thanks to a Trailblazer Group of 20 architectural practices to create the UK’s first architecture apprenticeship standards, created ‘Live-work Synthetic Biology Research Centre’.

With his design Daniel said, “The current, rapidly changing nature of the UK economy, alongside the shortage of affordable housing, is the driver for innovative hybrid accommodations in the city that accommodate living and working, as well as business and commercial spaces.

“This proposal is designed for an emerging synthetic biology start-up and creates research and manufacturing facilities to help a growing base of designers and experimental material scientists to work outside of the existing confines of industrial corporations and academic institutions. Seeking a balance between private and public spaces, the project takes an organic, materiality-focused approach to structural expressionism, with a strong focus on integrating the high-tech within inner-city naturalism.”

Visit https://www.dezeen.com/2020/06/29/london-south-bank-university-architecture-vdf-school-shows/ to see all 19 designs.

For more information on the two apprenticeship standards visit:


  • Architectural Assistant: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/architectural-assistant-degree/
  • Architect: https://www.instituteforapprenticeships.org/apprenticeship-standards/architect-degree/

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