Johanna Richard grew up in Vienna, Austria and has completed her BSc in Architecture at the Technical University of Vienna in 2021. Last year in ADS10 she focussed on social injustice and the rise of homelessness within Central London by designing a Soup Kitchen and Homeless shelter offering council and other support within the heart of political London as a form of protest.
Coming from a city which has a long history of Social Housing she takes a great interest in the socio-political, ethical, economic and of course in the architectural dynamics of housing developments. So, this year, in ADS01, her focus lay with the current housing crisis and economic situation in London, trying to develop a prototype for a new kind of social housing, a housing reform which is in line with historical reforms and projects. The social, ethical, egalitarian and economic aspects of this branch of architecture interest her most severely in relation to urban developments, an intrinsic consciousness of the climate crisis and the quality of life. Architecture has a responsibility towards the people who use it, the environment, its surroundings and its political and economic framework, and due to this responsibility it is the duty of architects to point out topics where these crucial points are not met. Social housing is embedded within all these topics and should not be neglected, this is why Johanna intends to focus on this not just in this project but also in her future career.