Mark Titman, a senior lecturer in architecture at Greenwich University for twenty years has run his award winning art and architecture design studio Titman Design for twenty years. Titman Design is a small design based practice located in Blackheath, Greenwich and Wareham, Dorset that specialises in modern designs that are in keeping with traditional values and materials; a design approach we call contemporary-traditional. We make minimalist interventions on heritage buildings that successfully gain planning permissions in conservation areas for listed buildings. We also design and paint using traditional techniques and media, including watercolours, oils, acrylic, pastel and ink.
In terms of housing, we have extensive experience of working with planners and conservation officers in and around Lewisham and Greenwich and The Purbecks. We have successfully negotiated permissions and/or seen through to completion projects at: Encombe House, Morden, Bloxworth, Blackheath Station, Charlton Park, St Johns Park, King George Street, Maze Hill,Greenwich South Street, Langton Way and many others.
We have built lasting relationships with developers for whom we have found sites, initiated joint ventures, prepared feasibility studies, gained planning permissions and implemented and monitored construction. We have worked with English Heritage, Landmark Tryst and other conservation groups, including The Royal Parks Foundation. Mark was most privileged to have been trained by Pascal Schooning (AA unit master), Francisco Sanin (AA unit master and master-planner for The Uffizzi Gallery) and Elia Zhenghelis (AA unit master and founder of OMA).
As a small design practice we have reduced overheads and offer good value design services for various design projects. We pride ourselves on excellent design, attention to detail and getting the best possible designs implemented well; through the integration of clients’ specific requirements, working with craftspeople and specialists. Our aim is to create beautiful spaces, images, products and objects of delight. As Mark also paints in various media, designs furniture and products and sculpts, all these disciplines combine to inform the general design ethos of the practice. Mark was a research fellow at the Royal College of Art where he studied the evolution and development trends of the English household, new products and services (including the BUS system and Lifetime Homes) and the housing needs of the older user. This knowledge along with the various design projects and writings we undertake allows us to integrate elements of function and delightful detail to make our designs integrated with more than just architecture to help make the home and a house that much more sociable, connected, well furnished and valued.
Our interests in green issues, art and design have led to exhibitions at The Building Centre, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Core Gallery and Business Design Centre and have been explored in talks and papers given at the Royal Academy, Greenwich University and the Architectural Association. Publications have included “A Green Apocalypse”, “Zip Zap Zoom: A Z-A of Cyberspace”, “Stretch City”, “Watching the Watchers” and “The English Household and the Older Person”. Each year Mark at Greenwich University organised the GREENwich Forum at the Old Naval College which looked at ways nature can be delightfully incorporated into design of various types, as a response to today’s burgeoning global situation and its demand for simply energy saving design. Invited lecturers included Kathryn Findlay, OMA, Neil Spiller, Christian Kerrigan, Liam Young, ABK and others.
Mark says: “we mustn’t forget that the key to good architecture and space today is firmness and commodity and, yet even more importantly than ever, an element of timeless Delight tempered with common sense and a reverence for Nature and Soul.”