Architect working in River Studios

What appealed to you most about your studio space when you first saw it?

As a young architect interested in the intersection of artistic and architectural practice, I was particularly taken by the opportunity to work from a space that might facilitate collaborations and conversations with other creative people outside my profession. The idea of occupying such a beautiful old industrial building and being a part of giving it a new life was also really attractive.

How have you made this space your own?

When I first moved into the space in February 2013 it was pretty raw. While as mentioned above the industrial quality of the space was in fact one of the things that most attracted me to River Studios, as I spend a lot of time here it was important to me to make the studio fit-out welcoming and comfortable as well as embracing the aesthetic of the existing space. So, the walls have been clad with brace-board and painted with a kind of imaginary topography of white, and some warmer softer lighting has been added. Over the past year I have slowly begun to occupy the nooks and crannies of the space with the inevitable detritus of the design process.

What do you create or make in your studio?

Drawings, ideas, words, buildings.

What is your favourite item in your studio at the moment (or in the whole building)? I must admit I am quite taken by the orange spider web of power cables that has infested the ceiling. In terms of the building more generally, I love being here all alone early on a rainy winters morning, listening to the sounds of the sheet metal roof and looking out across the movement and colour in the dockyards next door.

About Dennis

Dennis Prior is a young architect and academic working at the intersection of architectural and artistic practice. He founded A Priori and After Architecture in 2012, an emerging architectural practice that seeks to work closely with clients and collaborators to develop thoughtful, rigorous, and creative architectural projects. A design focussed and open minded practice, A Priori and After Architecture is committed to critical and innovative propositions. 

In addition to his work in practice, Dennis is actively engaged in academia and teaches design studios at the Melbourne School of Design (University of Melbourne), and at Monash University. Dennis holds a Master of Studies Degree with Distinction in the History of Art and Visual Culture from The University of Oxford, and completed his architectural studies at The Universty of Melbourne, and the Technische Universiteit Delft in the Netherlands. 

Over the past decade Dennis has lived, studied and worked in Melbourne, the Netherlands, Paris and the UK. His design work, teaching, and writing have all been acknowledged as outstanding and awarded in various forums.