You+Pea is the architectural design practice of Sandra Youkhana and Luke Caspar Pearson. Sandra works in practice, collaborating with a diverse range of Architects and designers, and has been an Architectural Research Assistant at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. She has taught on both MArch and Urban Design programmes at the Bartlett. Luke is a Lecturer in Architecture at the Bartlett, where he is currently finishing a UCL funded PhD on videogames and architecture. Luke is also the tutor of Bartlett Architecture Unit 4, co-founder of the Drawing Futures conference and curator of the REALMS symposium. Together they run MArch Urban Design Research Cluster 12 at the Bartlett and have taught workshops internationally including at countries such as China and South Korea.
You+Pea see architecture as a creative platform which can draw inspiration from all aspects of popular culture, celebrating the graphic and the immediate. Their research utilises both new and established media of architectural representation to explore contemporary cities and how designers can communicate with new audiences. They make architectural videogames, immersive drawings, public installations, interactive devices, architectural toys and 1:1 experiments.
Current research projects include an in-depth study into Japanese arcade ‘Medal Game’ cabinets and their socio-political situation in relation to Japanese gambling laws as a prototype for new urban forms. Drawings from this project won the 2016 RIBA Eyeline drawing prize, and they have lectured on this work at various institutions including UCL, UCA Canterbury, Greenwich School of Architecture and the University of Strathclyde. You+Pea were previously part of a collaborative team from the Bartlett that built The Universal Tea Machine, a pavilion-scale tea making machine commissioned by the Mayor of London for the London 2012 Olympic Games ‘Little Wonders’ programme. They have also curated architectural events in London including UP-POP, a forum discussing pop culture and architecture held as part of the 2015 London Festival of Architecture.
You+Pea’s other ongoing projects extend from collaborations with other UCL faculties, curators and videogame designers through to private residential schemes. Their work has been exhibited at venues including the Royal Institute of British Architects, Royal Academy, Peckham Levels, Greater London Authority, Anise Gallery and Busan International Ferry Terminal. You+Pea projects and writings have been published internationally including in the RIBA Journal, Architectural Research Quarterly, Blueprint, CLOG, Drawing Futures, Interstices and Future Cities 6.
The lecture will be held on the 7th of September at the Jakova Innovation Center in Gjakova starting from 7.00 PM