A vital part of my creative practice for the last thirty years, film-making continues to directly and indirectly inform how I think about narrative design. It shapes how I conceive spatial relationships, how I construct story, how and where to focus light and shade, and it brings rhythm and dynamics to designing experience. I created short films like the samples below while a partner at FCB Studios to tell the story of how we worked, of our clients and of the impact of our projects. Before training in architecture and design I worked for ten years as a long-form documentary film-maker at BBC Television in London. I directed dozens of films dealing with a wide range of subjects - from the Holocaust to the Polish Resistance to French Gastronomy and the celebrated Design Classics series. The vocabulary of film is part of who I am and how I work creatively on any project.

The Red House

Looking through the eyes of children and staff, this film captures both the philosophy and the everyday life of the Plymouth School of Creative Arts where making is the route to all learning, whether maths or science, geography or food, Shakespeare or boat-building. // Producer/Director


Mending the Factory

A compelling story about the last surviving ceramics factory in Stoke-on-Trent where the regeneration of a building leads to the regeneration of an entire community and hope for a new way of life. // Executive Producer


A Second Life: A Brief History of Southbank Centre

A brief history of Southbank Centre and an exploration of how a building can shed its old skin in order to form a new one more suited to contemporary needs. //Producer/Director


Old School, New School, Art School

Manchester School of Art was founded in the late 19th century to train graduates for work in the city's thriving textile industry. This film offers a glimpse into how a city sets about reinventing its art school for the 21st century by completely rethinking the use of shared space and creative collaborations. //Producer/Director


A New Landscape for Learning

The landscape of higher education has changed beyond recognition. This film explores how design plays a role in enabling shared learning experiences and student exchange at Manchester Met's highly successful Business School. // Producer/Director