Inigo Minns

Associate Lecturer MA Narrative Environments

Central Saint Martins

Biography

Inigo Minns is an architect and academic with his own design practice specialising in the crossover between architecture and curation. Under the title of Scripted Spaces, the practice often works in collaboration with commercial designers and artists to produce multiple outputs – these include architectural and exhibition design, performance and critical writing.

In addition Inigo has extensive experience teaching architecture and design in the UK and abroad. He is currently an Associate Lecturer on the MA Narrative Environments course at Central St Martins and is running a Unit at the Architectural Association looking at the relationship between architecture and events.

Research interests

Scripted spaces, architecture and performance, design curation, the design of protocol, risk and crisis management, choreography, music and lighting in architecture, audience centred design.

Research statement

Inigo’s practice, teaching and research interests, brought together under the title Scripted Spaces, explore the way that design informs behaviour. In particular he is researching the relationship between design practice and the actions, protocol and cultures that we play out over time in the built environment. The research is usually context specific and questions the formal qualities that our behaviour takes in certain environments, sometimes embedding alien forms to challenge existing norms. The output recognises the temporal nature of activities and as a result sees performance and actions as part of the solution that design can offer.

Recent research work include the Risk Centre in the Arkitekturmuseet, Stockholm with Onkar Kular, an experimental environment that used scripted spaces to educate on the theme of risk in the urban environment. Currently he is leading an international team from the emergency services to develop the design of scripted spaces for the management of large scale crises such as extreme weather emergencies, terrorists attacks, or disease outbreak.