Guest Tutors and Speakers

SOS brings together educators and experts on the edge of their disciplines, pushing the remit of traditional design thought. For the 2019 summer school SOS has invited a mix of recent graduates, accomplished practitioners, teachers and academics to deliver a course that balances experience, multiple perspectives, youthful dynamism and radical thought.

A curated group of academics and practitioners from the UK and skyped in from the US will provide our students with the cutting edge in critical art practice and academia. These are thinkers and doers we think are redefining today’s economic, artistic and design parameters.


Founded in 2010, Assemble has since delivered a diverse and award-winning body of work across the disciplines of Art, Design and Architecture - including the Granby Four Streets project which won the 2015 Turner Prize. Members of the collective are currently teaching in the fields of Architecture and Design at a number of institutions around the world, including the Royal College of Art, the University of Westminster and Bartlett (UCL).

John Walter

John Walter (b.1978) is a British artist living and working in London. His work encompasses a diverse range of media that includes painting, drawing, artist’s books, sculpture, costume, performance, video, sound, installation and spatial design. He studied at Chelsea School of Art and Design, The Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, The Slade School of Fine Art and was awarded a doctorate by The University of Westminster in 2017. In 2006 he was artist in residence at KIAC in Dawson City, Canada.

Jack Self

Jack is the Director and Editor-In-Chief of the REAL foundation and review - an outlet for radical new contemporary thought. He was previously the contributing Editor for the Architectural Review and Editor-at-Large for 032c. His work has been exhibited at the Maxxi, Rome, the Tate Britain, London, the ICA, London and the Design Museum, London, and has been published in The Guardian, eflux-journal, among others. In 2016 Jack curated the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

The Rodina

Specialising in video, user experience, installations and visual identities, The Rodina’s multi media approach examines and critiques contemporary visual communication methodologies. In 2015, The Rodina coined the term ‘performative design’ in order to describe the practice of designing politically engaged surface-led visual design, or memes. The Rodina have exhibited in Seoul’s Card Gallery 2017 and the Stedelijk Museum 2016.


An experiment in architectural representation, (ab)Normal carefully de-construct photorealistic renders before rearranging them as illustrations based on Normal vectors. They create unfamiliar visual notions of space to produce an allegory of a culture that revolves obsessively around the internet, gaming and religion.

And many many more!