Leon Donald

Leon joined Studio Egret West as an architectural assistant  in June 2016

Leon joined Studio Egret West after receiving his Dip.Arch from the CASS, London Metropolitan University while currently completing a Masters in Spatial Planning and Urban Design. As part of his thesis study he is looking at adaptive responses to ‘Urban Slack Spaces’ in Tottenham, north London. The strategy is to create an adaptive design framework to set considered scales of intervention, which encourages and unlocks emerging urban communities. A collaborative approach is vital in achieving the potential of an open-ended diverse city that is defined by the community that occupies the spaces.  

In 2012 he worked at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios working on numerous large scale framework plans and education projects including Plymouth School of Creative Arts and the winning commission to design a new Art and Design facility at Beadles School in Hampshire.

His architectural thesis project ‘Aqueous Solution’ focused on the integration of a sustainable water management system for a coastal region of Japan. The project design was a series of interconnected structures to provide adaptive and resilient spaces for a productive farming community, influenced through documenting the flwidgetIDity and utility of water through landscape and infrastructure. Leon’s main agenda in architecture is to animate the configuration of place, identity and time; while expressing the courage of design in creating the unexpected.

Leon is a keen architectural traveler, most recently in 2015 he was awarded the WCCA Travel Scholarship, completing a research trip entitled ‘Walk, Eat, Sleep, Repeat’ recording the architectural charms of the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain. 

He also has a keen interest in urban farming and has been involved with a number of design workshops with the Association of Vertical Farming.