Samuel Kumar is British multidisciplinary designer and aspiring Architect, who began his architectural education at Liverpool John Moores University, graduating in 2020 with a 1st class degree and nominations for the RIBA Presidents Medal and AJ student Award.
After a year in practice and independently competing in architectural competitions, Samuel joined the Royal College of Art in 2021, joining ADS 12 in the exploration of the notion of 'take-away'. During his 1st year at the RCA, Samuel investigated the notion of borders and the intrinsic link to saffron farming in the Kashmir region of India & Pakistan - a project which was shortlisted for the RIBA London Award 2022.
This year in ADS 9, Samuel's thesis project has revolved around an obsession that has persisted throughout the entirety of his architectural education: Portland stone. His final project at the RCA: 'Unloved' attempts to interrogate the current practice of the extraction of Portland Stone, and question the unloved materials and spaces left dormant after extraction has ceased. Fusing industrial, economic, and artisanal space, the project proposes an evolution of the stone mine, creating spaces of publicness in and amongst the raw and the refined, the loved and the unloved.