“You never change things by fighting the existing reality.To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
- R.Buckminster Fuller.
On completion of a series of award winning projects, architect, practitioner and teacher Robert Jamison closed his London studio in the Autumn of 2009 to sidestep the impending global financial crisis. Substituting contract administration and building procurement for a semi-nomadic existence, Robert spent the following six years travelling with purpose. As a practitioner responsible for creating space and place, Robert recognised the need to experience and understand the evolution of culture, population and individual beyond northern Europe. Observing and documenting, Robert paused intermittently on his journey collaborating with venerated masters. This would result in the discovery of a renewed raison d’être as an architect, a recalibration of practice, and a redefining of the processes as builder and teacher.
Returning to his native Belfast in 2015, Robert established a new experimental and progressive studio to research and test new ideas. Believing the home to be fundamentally our most sacred and important space, Robert’s view is that the systems adopted and developed by the early theorists and philosophers at the seat of Western civilisation to inform the spaces we now inhabit and dwell may be outdated. Further, he believes that the way we have evolved to accept these dwelling spaces as natural and native is ultimately flawed. He feels that spatial organisation driven by past mathematical gesticulations and social theories, and applied to architecture, room, object and apparatus for practical and functional efficacy has impacted on our civilisation, leading society to place too great an emphasis on the theoretical and material at the expense of our psychological and physiological conditions.
Robert is fascinated by how we exist and dwell on the edge of Europe within the global context, believing that only when we experience and reflect on the alternatives, with impartial, detached and unprejudiced study do inconsistencies, inaccuracies and alternatives begin to appear within our own accepted socio-political structures, systems and institutions. However, Robert believes as we become more open and enlightened by learning from the likes of indigenous and more sophisticated cultures beyond the West, projects can then naturally evolve to challenge the accepted epoch. Robert’s focus is on proposing more appropriate and responsible models for living and dwelling. Only then, may the existing become obsolete.