Composition and Character

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* * * Thank you for visiting Composition & Character! My name is Samuel Lima. I am an alumnus of Judson University's M.Arch program and the Master of Architectural Design and Urbanism program at the University of Notre Dame. I am passionate about excellence in the design of classical and traditional architecture and the creation of new places worthy of the care of future generations!


Chelsea Barracks

My studio project this year has involved developing a master plan for the site of the Chelsea Barracks in London. The plan grew out of a thorough study of the peculiarities of London urbanism, and subsequently included a wide range of building types from mews houses to large apartment structures. After completing the urban design portion of the studio, I focused on the design of one of the buildings in the master plan, a four story mixed use building designed to house a church, multi-use space, offices, and a child care facility.

An animated fly-through of the scheme can be found HERE.


  1. What an amazing project!

    I love your drawings and everything is very well organized. I´m looking forward to see the church!

    What do you think about european urbanism?

    Kind regards.


  2. Sam, your mixed-use building with church really reaches out and strokes my taste for good classical urbanism. It looks both elegant and comfortable. I would love to see more detail of buildings nearby once you get around to it. I am fearful - fortunately without good reason as yet - that the real Chelsea Barracks project will go off the rails again, as if the wonderful brouhaha of last year never happened. I hope you will find a way to bring your ideas to the attention of the developer and the Prince's Foundation. Please tell me a little about Judson. My e-mail is I am the architecture critic for the Providence Journal, the only one for newspapers in America (so far as I know) that takes a pro-classical, anti-modernist line in commenting on the built environment. Good luck in your schooling and future endeavours.
    - David Brussat

  3. Your master plan is so brilliant that it's sure to not be chosen. Yes, it won't be chosen. It's just too good. And these days, society does all it can to stop people like you from gaining any authority or influence. So they will stop you. But please take that as a compliment. It's really a criticism of the whole system...not you.

    I must say...and I might say it again...that I just love how you really try to render the buildings faithfully and somewhat realistically. Most renderings are so sketchy as to barely show what's going on. No doubt, the artists don't have the time or ability to make a nice drawing. Yours are awesome!

    (Can you tell that I'm bitter at modernists?)


  4. Great project, you've inspired me to push on with classical architecture, thank you.


  5. Great design work and beautiful renderings! You are very talented.