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Today we face a unique set of challenges. Rapid urbanisation, climate change and unremitting technological progress is compelling us to reassess how we inhabit our environment.

Heat Island is a new design studio working across architecture, urbanism, software and environmental engineering.

We are currently working with industry leaders, researchers, developers, social enterprises, schools and community groups. Our studio model brings together years of cross-disciplinary expertise fit for the new challenges of the 21st century.

Meet The Team…

Anna Mill

Designer & Author

Anna is an architecturally trained designer and author. She works on projects that range from books and branding to boats and buildings. She worked as a concept designer at augmented reality firm Leap Motion in 2018. Her graphic novel Square Eyes, with Luke Jones, explores a possible future for our cities, in which the appearance of our spaces can be constantly and completely changed through layers of digital augmentation. She teaches architecture at London Metropolitan University and University of Nottingham.

Negin Ghorbani


Negin is an architect with an interest in people-centred sustainable design. She has experience in housing, workspace design, neighbourhood planning, regeneration and public engagement. Negin has previously worked at award winning practices Peter Barber Architects, Elemental and Sarah Wiggleworth Architects. At Jan Kattein Architects she led complex regeneration and neighbourhood planning projects for local authorities in London and South-East England, including Hackney Council’s Area Action Plan for Stamford Hill which won a 2016 London Planning Award. Negin teaches architecture at the University of Nottingham.

Luke Jones

Architect & Researcher

Luke is an architect, lecturer and writer. He is the author, with Anna Mill, of Square Eyes (2018). He leads the Foundation Architecture studio at the Cass School of Architecture, London. His architectural work explores the potential of self-building and experimental materials. He is also the co-host of a podcast About Buildings + Cities, exploring architectural history, theory, process and ideas from the distant past to the present day.

Christopher Burman

Urban Technologist & Artist

Christopher Burman is an urban technologist and artist. He studied Architecture at The Bartlett, UCL and participated in The New Normal post-graduate research programme at the Strelka Institute Moscow, before joining Strelka KB as Director of Digital Strategy. He was core-team member at Pachube (now Xively), a platform for storing and sharing sensor data and connecting IOT devices acquired by Google in 2018, for which he was nominated for a Design of the Year award by The Design Museum, London. His work as an artist explores the politics of technology and digital production through the use of installation, software and audio and has been shown internationally including at MANIFESTA12, Palermo, KW Institute, Berlin, Jupiter Woods, London and Kunsthalle Lissabon, Portugal.

Joseph Augustin

Architect & Environmental Designer

After specialising in Environmental Design at Cambridge University, Joseph worked with a number of highly regarded practices operating internationally. He has experience on a wide range of projects; masterplanning a pioneering carbon neutral town in North Africa, designing for university faculty buildings in Austria, large and small scale residential projects in the UK and developing innovative solutions to passively cool environments in hot-arid climates. He currently teaches at the University of Nottingham and as part of Heat Island’s practice-led research, combines advances in building technology with an understanding of vernacular techniques and traditions in pursuit of meaningfully sustainable futures.