Frederick Ken Sheppard
Ken Sheppard is a London-based designer working predominantly in the field of architecture, focussing on forms of perception as a driver for the design of the built environment. Prior to completing his postgraduate studies at the RCA, he studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture before working at a number of notable architectural practices in London.
The project, titled "Real-ising Eternity", explores the possibilities of a new formal language for the physical realm, in a time when the boundaries between it and the digital are becoming increasingly blurred. The exploration is driven by research into changes to perception, brought about by digital tools and interfaces that are ever-permeating our physical and social rituals. In particular the project focuses on notions of affordance, and how such fundamental understandings can translate and mutate between digital and physical contexts. Our growing dependence on screen-based media to experience the world around us is examined, defining new values that arise at material, object and spatial levels. The developments of such research and analysis inform an architectural methodology that is applied to the design of a highrise building, concluding the project with an exaggerated aesthetic that comments on the dependence on digital tools within architectural practice and contemporary society as a whole.