Helena Howard ARB

Sessional Lecturer Design

Helena is a sessional tutor at UCA Canterbury, and is also an ARB-registered architect at Hawkins\Brown.
Helena undertook her BA at Oxford Brookes University and her MArch at the Bartlett. Helena has been at Hawkins\Brown since 2015, working on buildings across a range of sectors including higher education, workplace, and healthcare. She is currently developing the design of a new-build laboratory and the refurbishment of an Art Deco Grade II listed building for UCL. Prior to this, Helena worked at Urban Salon on smaller-scale projects such as exhibitions for the V&A and the Museum of London, and a refurbishment for BBH advertising agency.
She is interested in the translation process between drawn ideas and their final physical outcome. Her Masters thesis proposed a re-engagement with craftsmanship through the introduction of a 21st century Gothic revival, embodying Ruskin’s attempt to create a better society through craft, manual labour and collaboration.
In 2017, Helena was awarded a research bursary by Hawkins\Brown to study the use of colour in the built environment, and has conducted interviews with artists, architects and restorers, has published a series of booklets, and given public talks on the topic. She believes the world could be a little less beige and that colour is something that ought to be engaged with a little more in the built environment.
Helena has run workshops as part of the RIBA Ambassadors scheme, with a number of schools in London in a bid to encourage young people to consider a career in architecture.