Means of Revival: The Church and the Modern Community

Adrian Moussaid

Project description

Food is not only essential to our health and survival, it is at the heart of our economy, shapes our environment and forms cultural and social values. However, food poverty persists and is arguably getting worse. This project aims to improve individual, community and environmental well-being by making a space in London for healthy and sustainable food to be available and accessible to all. 

The architectural proposal adapts a number of Church of England (CofE) assets into a network of food hubs, referencing the typologies of markets, covered promenades and the meeting halls of basilicas. 

The design proposal is tested here at St Mark’s Church (1828), in the New River Conservation Area in Clerkenwell – a Grade II-listed building located in an area of both high food insecurity and a number of other CofE assets. The architectural intervention offers a way to adapt church buildings to new uses, whilst retaining their essential architectural qualities. 

Site location
Clerkenwell, London


Adrian Moussaid
Adrian Moussaid
Adrian Moussaid

Adrian is particularly interested in adaptive reuse of buildings and working with historical structures during his studies at the LSA, a key topic investigated further in his thesis project. During his MArch First Year, he was involved in a Design Think Tank (DTT) with RSHP and has worked part-time in Fabric Space, a small London practice. 

Prior to the LSA, he graduated from the University of East London with First Class Honours. During his summer breaks, he has been involved in projects in London, Tokyo, and Dubai at various practices. During his year out, he worked at SASI Studio in London, assisting on a project in Queens, New York.