Sam McElhinney, ARB

Course Leader BA Architecture



Born in Bath, South West England, Sam studied architecture at Cambridge University and the Bartlett, University College London. On graduation from UCL he won the Ambrose Poynter Prize for his thesis ‘Labyrinths, Mazes and the Spaces Inbetween’. Sam has expansive theoretical and exhibit based research into adaptive maze and labyrinth spaces. In 2010 he won the prestigious ‘Best Paper’ at the European Meeting of Cybernetics and Systems Research in Vienna. Currently a member of the ‘Space Group’ at UCL, conducting research into real-time and motive spatial analytic systems, he also runs the MA Architecture course at the Canterbury School of Architecture. In the past he has lectured at numerous institutions including Cambridge University and the MAXXI Centre in Rome. From 2005 to 2012 Sam was a key member of Surface Architects, an award winning design practice. During this time Surface twice came third in BD’s Young Architect of the Year Award. They also received two national RIBA awards for their built projects, ‘Lock-Keepers’ Graduate Centre’ and the ‘Birkbeck Centre for Film and Visual Media’, which Sam was heavily involved in constructing. He was also the Project Architect and Design Lead for Surface’s highest profile built project, a series of Wayfinding Structures across the 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. When Surface closed in September 2012, Sam established MUD Architecture as a vehicle to bring together ongoing strands of research, teaching and practice. This practice has ongoing private housing projects, mainly based in the West County.