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Jayden Ali

Unit 1 Leader, M ARCH: Architecture
Central Saint Martins
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Jayden  Ali


Jayden Ali is Unit Leader as well as a Course Tutor on both M ARCH Architecture and MA Cities.

Jayden is the founding director of interdisciplinary practice JA Projects. Previous projects range from the design and implementation of a whole school masterplan for primary aged boys with behavioural difficulties in Bow, to the creation of an immersive temporary restaurant within the Barbican run by unaccompanied asylum seeking children; from the direction of a documentary concerning powerful women within South African townships to the establishment and continual curation of a café/bar in Hackney. These projects represent a concern for those at the fringes of society and explore the recurring themes of place, community and empowerment.

In partnership with Theatrum Mundi, Jayden leads a first year postgraduate design studio that investigates the ways in which architecture can intervene in urban culture at an infrastructural level, by thinking beyond the buildings within which the arts take place to make spatial propositions derived from artistic practices, that increase the capacity of an entire neighbourhood for cultural visibility and expression.

Jayden graduated from the The Cass with a previous degree from the University of East London. He previously taught the Global Free Unit, alongside professor Robert Mull at the University of Brighton, a diploma unit that assists students in making independent projects based upon their personal interest, histories and beliefs.