Barney Row


Work samples

// Recent //

1 of 4 annual 'Build Days' to be held at the proposed Bronzeville Exchange site, alongside the annual Summer Nights scheme.

// Model-making //

Conceptual, massing, context, details etc. Like to work with concrete, plaster, wood, card, steel. Not a fan of plastic!

// Drawing //

CAD isometrics from 3D models in Rhino, taken through Illustrator, collaged drawings in Photoshop, or just pencil.

// Digital media //

Modelling and rendering with Rhino and V-Ray; post-processing (context photo integration and people) with Photoshop.

// Other //

Devices, photography, video etc. More design work from current project on the CDRS website.
Link to CDRS page »

CV & employment history

       Part II Architectural Assistant seeking full-time position in medium- or large-scale design studio.

// Education //

MPhil Architecture & Urban Design (MAUD)
University of Cambridge

BA (Hons) Architecture
Oxford Brookes University

Art & Design
RE, Philosophy & Ethics
Business Studies (AS)
General Studies


British Baccalaureate

Construction Site Visitor
CSCS card (expires 2022)



// Awards //

Fieldwork research grant
University of Cambridge

Fieldwork research grant
Corpus Christi Research Fund

Leslie Jones Memorial Prize
RIBA South

Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Gold, Silver and Bronze

// Computer skills //

- Revit
- MicroStation
- Photoshop
- Illustrator
- InDesign
- Rhino
- SketchUp
- AutoCAD
- Lumion & V-Ray
- ArcGIS

// Previous employers //

Wilkinson Eyre Architects (London)
September 2014 - June 2015

GJR Architects (Devon)
September 2015 - March 2016

// Volunteer work //

Bronzeville Urban Development
Chicago, USA

Royal Society for the Protection of Birds
Devon, UK

Teaching at Ananda School
Galle, Sri Lanka

Teaching at Madhrasathul Ifthithaah
Naifaru, Maldives

Data collection for magpie robins
Cousin Island, Seychelles

Written professional/academic references available on request.

"Barney's work attracted considerable attention at our end of year exhibitions in Oxford and London [...] His work was particularly noted for the rigour of experimentation that he had undertaken and the clear links that he was able to make (using his excellent representational skills) between the project's conceptual ambition and its outstanding level of resolution."

Jane Anderson, director of undergraduate architecture at Oxford Brookes University

"He is a talented designer and someone who will truly flourish in architecture. As a person he is a joy to be with and I have observed his relationship with peer colleagues where his presence has fully enriched the team as a whole."

Ricardo Assis Rosa, senior lecturer in architecture at Oxford Brookes University

"Barney had the independence and resourcefulness to successfully organise activities for up to 75 youths at any one time. From the start, Barney went above and beyond the limits of his brief [...] He built lasting relationships with local community members as well as other international volunteers and worked exceptionally well within the island team."

Jennifer Thompson, co-founder of Tiny Island Conservation™

// Contact details //

Barney Row

For a printable version of my CV, please click here.

For my LinkedIn profile, please click here.

// Example work produced for GJR Architects //                 Render/visual for proposed Hilton hotel entrance lobby (Rhino & V-Ray)

Analysis/reports/sketches as needed                                                            Renderings of various construction options


// Projects worked on at Wilkinson Eyre Architects //                 Turn PDF pages using arrows, double-click to zoom

Final postgraduate project

Design-research postgraduate project (MPhil)
(October 2016 - July 2018)

I have just graduated from the 2-year architecture master's at the University of Cambridge, with a focus on design through research. To this end I completed six months of fieldwork from July to December 2017 in Chicago.   Blog here »

I am interested in the vacant land on the South Side of the city that has resulted from deindustrialisation, suburbanisation, and historic segregation of African Americans. A lack of investment and therefore institutional urban attention from planners and architects in these areas coaxes an informal urbanism out of local residents who are compelled to execute their own forms of space-making based on a sense of stewardship for the urban realm (the topic explored in my master's thesis).

Whilst in Chicago, I studied the social, cultural and economic conditions of a particular black neighbourhood - Bronzeville - which is blighted with unusually large swathes of vacant land due to a public housing exodus in the past few decades. This included interviewing stakeholders ranging from government officials to local residents and non-profits.

Several studies have identified continued fear of 'blackness' among the white population (e.g. Anderson & Sternberg, 2012), so the final design project proposes a point of cultural exchange in Bronzeville to form the African American corner of a cultural triangle formed with Chinatown (Asian) and Pilsen (Hispanic).

For more on the project, please visit my project page on CDRS:
Cambridge Design Research Studio »

Final undergraduate project

Final undergraduate project (BA Hons)
(January - April 2014)

My final term at Oxford Brookes University gave me the chance to design a public building for the city of Fes, Morocco. During the field trip in January I found the river to be overflowing with household packaging and industrial waste, so adopted this problem as my brief.

The design upscaled the traditional aggregate-sand-charcoal filtration method into a building which would passively filter the river water through a series of culverts. Potable water would then be freely available to the citizens of the medina, many of whom currently rely on bottled tap water from street-sellers because they cannot afford mains supply.

The facility would be publicly funded through the design and build stages, and then periodically maintained by the metal artisans already adjoining the site, who would receive free use of several purpose-built retail units integrated into the filter building.

Projects visited

// Recent posts //

I've stopped posting here.

Refer to my research blog for buildings visited in Chicago (Sears tower, west tower at the Marina City complex etc) and elsewhere in the USA.

Link to blog »

23rd June 2017
// Copenhagen //

I've been wanting to go to Copenhagen for some time, and it certainly didn't disappoint; the contemporary architecture was in a different league to most cities. This is almost entirely because of the detailing and the deliberate use of only a handful of materials. For instance, the inside of Grundtvig's church was all brick; the sea bath at Kastrup is completely fabricated from azobé wood; and Jacobsen's functionalist Skovshoved (the best-looking petrol station in the world) is covered in white tiles.

15th February 2015
// Emirates cable car by Wilkinson Eyre //

Since I've been working at WEA for a while now I thought it was about time I visited some of their London-based projects.

I decided to make a start with the Emirates cable car connecting Greenwich with the Royal Victoria Docks. We happened to visit at sunset which made for a perfect city skyline.

The view from the gondolas out over the Millenium Dome (a Richard Rogers creation) towards the HSBC tower rivals the views from the Sky Garden and the London Eye. High winds meant that our gondola swayed pretty enthusiastically, coming within a few feet of the pylons. Though the gondolas themselves were nothing special, the boarding stations were neat and easy to navigate and the twisting pylons seemed to be a fitting addition to the tall structures in the area.

7th December 2014
// Brion family cemetery by Carlo Scarpa //

This project was quite far out of our way, but completely worth the journey. The detailing that Scarpa achieves here with concrete alone is extraordinary and his use of water throughout the site rivals that of Louis Kahn in the Salk Institute. Scarpa integrates hand-operated 'devices' such as sinking doors.

12th July 2014
// Maxxi Museum & Palazzetto dello Sport //

When in Rome... we visited the Maxxi Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects and the Palazzetto dello Sport by Pier Luigi Nervi.

The Maxxi Museum had a smaller adjoining public space than I expected, and was well integrated into its surroundings. We visited in the evening which was a good time to enjoy the museum and the temporary pavilion in the courtyard.

A few hundred metres east of the Maxxi was the 1957 sports stadium by Pier Luigi Nervi - 'Palazzetto dello Sport'. Its domed concrete roof has weathered to an obvious old age, though since this is purely cosmetic, perhaps they will give it a birthday someday soon and pressure-hose the exterior. It was an impressive brutalist building worthy of special recognition for its structural achievement 57 years ago.

5th July 2014
// Lloyd's Building by Richard Rogers //

I went to visit the Lloyd's Building with some fellow architecture students from Oxford Brookes during the Open House London weekend. We queued for a few hours due to its popularity, but it was well worth the wait.

The building is a classic example of high-tech architecture with the mechanical services displayed on the exterior to create uncluttered, open space within.

Afterwards we tried to get into the Battersea Power Station, since the building is due for a major refit, but it had already reached full daily capacity. Opportunity missed - bugger.

21st September 2013
// Norwegian vernacular architecture //

This Open-Air Museum in Oslo showcases vernacular building techniques from all over Norway arranged by date and region. It reminded me that the idea of a green roof in architecture is nothing new, and has been tried and tested in all of these reconstructed medieval buildings. Green roofs provide insulation and stability, plus obvious benefits to surrounding ecology. They are something I will no doubt mention in my dissertation.

22nd June 2013
// Dudley Zoo by Tecton Group //

Many elements of this zoo were built in the 1930s by a Modernist group whose lead architect aimed to design “architectural settings for the animals in such a way as to present them dramatically to the public, in an atmosphere comparable to that of a circus". Not an approach that would be acceptable nowadays!

3rd June 2013
// Portuguese architecture holiday //

Just been in Porto and Lisbon for 8 nights and managed to see quite a selection of modern architecture. I sought out a fair few Álvaro Siza projects in Porto, including the Leça da Palmeira swimming pools and nearby Boa Nova tea house, and the Serralves Museum. But my favourite Siza project was in Lisbon: the Portuguese Pavilion for Expo'98. This had an extremely thin concrete canopy that seemed to defy physics.

28th July 2012
// Henry Cole Wing of the V&A Museum //

Apparently this building was completed in 1873 and was originally occupied by the School of Naval Architects.

It wasn't something I sought out when walking in the South Kensington area, just something that caught my eye because of the impressive detailing. I do think 'detailing' has come to mean something else in this day and age.

24th October 2011
// Maldivian vernacular architecture //

Living on a local island in the Maldives for nearly 4 months gave me a great insight into Maldivian vernacular dwellings and their contemporary metamorphosis with the introduction of concrete. They have high windows for privacy, reduced solar gain and better ventilation. Most walls are made of coral, which is the only naturally-occurring hard building material.

3rd March 2011

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