About SOS

The School of Speculation, or SOS, is a new independent design school aimed at pushing back at the rise of vocational, workplace-based training in universities. SOS aims to increase intersectional diversity in design education as well as promoting the Arts as education by bringing together artists, students and designers at the bleeding edge of critical practice.

︎ What is SOS?
︎ What is Critical Design?
︎ Who is SOS?
︎ SOS Founders

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Pierre Shaw

Pierre Shaw obtained his BA Architecture at the University of Sheffield, UK where he was nominated for the RIBA Bronze Medal in architecture. Continuing his study in MA Architecture at the Royal College of Art his research explored the contemporary challenges faced by the nation-state and the nature of collective identity.

Pierre has also held a research fellowship at the British Council as well as publishing academic essays for e-flux and the Institute of Ideas. He is a member of the Future Cities Project helping to run talks and events and is a guest critic at the École Supérieure d’Architecture de Belleville, Paris. He was named as ‘One to watch’ by Blueprint Magazine in 2018. Pierre works architectural assistant at RIBA Stirling Prize winning architecture office, Haworth Tompkins, London.

  • MA in Architecture at The Royal College of Art
  • BA in Architecture at Sheffield School of Architecture

  • 2016 / Future Cities Debates / University of Westminster
  • 2015 / Making Cities Summer School / Sheffield School of Architecture
  • 2014 - Current / Guest Critic / Sheffield School of Architecture
  • 2013 / Guest Critic / École Supérieure d’Architecture de Belleville, Paris

  • BLUEPRINT For the Future 2019 - One to Watch
  • Research Fellowship at the British Council
  • RIBA Bronze Medal Nomination
  • Dr Brian Wragg Prize in Architectural Draftsmanship
  • World Architecture Festival (WAF) Student Competition Shortlist

  • Future Cities Project
  • E-Flux
  • Institute of Ideas

The Oxbridge Fibre Orbital (2018). Pierre Shaw.

Kishan San

As a Londoner of Indo-Chinese descent, Kishan’s work investigates fluctuating notions of identity in an increasingly unstable, globalised and cosmopolitan world society. Kishan works as an Assistant Researcher at the Turner Prize nominated human rights research agency Forensic Architecture, based out of Goldsmiths University, London.

Currently, his personal work examines the liquefaction of citizenship and its possible consequences on architecture and the lived experience. His most recent project dissected the ecological framework surrounding the Chagos Islands which sustains the UK & US’ illegal sovereignty over the archipelago.

  • Diploma in Architecture at The Architectural Association 
  • BA in Architecture at The Uni. of Westminster

  • 2017 / RIBA Ambassadors Secondary School Course / Haworth Tompkins
  • 2015 - 2016 / Guest Critic / University of Westminster

  • Diploma Commendation
  • Architectural Association Scholarship
  • RPP Material Practice Grant
  • University of Westminster Scholarship
  • RIBA Eyeline Commendation
  • University of Westminster Drawing Prize

  • RIBA Journal
  • Architectural Review Folio Blog

Year Zero (2017). Kishan San.