Josh Higginbottom

BA (Hons), MArch

Architectural Assistant Part II

Josh joined Hutchinson & Partners in 2019 following completion of his MArch at Newcastle University, with a semester exchange at the National University of Singapore.

Academically, his research is fuelled by a curiosity to question the default modes of architectural practice, production and history. In Vienna he tackled the forgotten dark history of Nazi occupation within the city by creating new forms of social memorial space, looking at concepts of psychoanalysis. Whilst studying in Singapore he designed an alternative form of tropical urbanisation, challenging the fundamentals of city development in post-colonial South East Asia. His final master’s thesis was a critique of sexism within architectural practice and the invisible privilege awarded to the default architect. Using multidisciplinary feminist theories, he explored how the profession of architecture could begin to internally question itself and in turn create new alternative practice methodologies. Utilizing tools of narrative, dialogue and hand drawing he created a quasi-fictional world based upon the ultimate logical conclusion of casually held toxic beliefs. Exploring this world through a graphic novel and animation the project highlights the fractures in architectural reality and asks us all to question our default practices.

Prior to working at Hutchinson & Partners he has enjoyed working on a range of projects for firms in Cambridge and Newcastle upon Tyne, from student housing schemes to commercial national headquarters. When he is not in the office, he interests include hiking, cycling and brewing.