CB: UK/Canadian, born Hampshire. Studied at The Architectural Association School in London, graduating in 1966. Awarded gold medal of La Societé des Architectes Diplomés par le Gouvernement, Paris, for thesis project: A 'Layered Restructuring Proposal for Soho'. Taught at Canterbury College of Art, University of British Columbia, AA School.
JL: Canadian, born Toronto. Early years in the US and Canada. Studied architecture at Manchester University, graduating in 1961 with BA Hons (Arch). Researched and designed a Museum of First Nations' Art and Culture, Ottawa. Exhibited at UIA Congress 1961. Artworks and photographic projects exhibited at the Canadian Culture Centre, Paris, 1974-75.
CB and JL: Collaboration on school competitions with architects Livio Vacchini and Luigi Snozzi in Ticino, Switzerland. Finalists in the UK competition for a secondary school in Newport. Lived in Vancouver BC for 12 years; engaged in architectural practice, research and art projects. Designed innovative university buildings, landscape-oriented public buildings and an environmentally sensitive mountain-slope community in British Columbia. Developed production process for Wayfarer sailboat. 1980s to the present, as Blencowe Levine Associates; individual house commissions and work as consultant design architects on city-scale projects in UK, Lisbon and Barcelona. Exhibited Bienala de Arhitectura, Bucharest 2004. Finalists in RIBA Future House London competition 2004.
Living and working in a studio we designed and built in Camden Town, our interests include the exploration of new relationships between people and architectural space at the level of everyday life. From our travels in Europe, N. America, Mexico and Japan, and close engagement with certain places, has evolved a profound interest in architectural theory and its interconnectedness to art, philosophy, mythology and music. Since 2006 we have focused on the 'mode' which first emerged on the island of Naxos, tracing its influence into the modern world. A selection of these findings were published as an e-book in October 2013.
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