Old Truman Brewery, 29 - 30 January 2020

2020 features and seminars

Timber futures


Chair: Chris Foges, Architecture Today
Oliver Salway, Director, Softroom
Victor Orive, Senior Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects
Mark Broom, Associate, ACME
Ana Lourenco, Project Architect, Waugh Thistleton

Add to calendar29/01/2020 15:00:0029/01/2020 16:00:00Timber futuresWooden structures date back to some of the earliest human habitats and the oldest houses in the UK are built using timber frames. So, why are so many architects returning to this humble material? It seems that the industry is poised on the edge of a timber revolution, with many designers creating simplistic solutions to complex problems, while others combine advanced digital technologies with natural building blocks. ARCHITECT@WORK has gathered together some of the leading lights from the world of timber design to present their radical projects. Oliver Salway, Director, Softroom Oliver is a founding director of Softroom. Over the past 20 years with the company, Oliver has overseen many projects in the commercial, public and arts sectors. Among those are galleries at the British Museum and the V&A, lounges and hotels in the USA, Europe and Asia and the Upper Class aircraft interior for Virgin Atlantic. Oliver trained at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and graduated in 1994. Prior to founding Softroom, Oliver worked with Ron Arad Associates, notably on projects for the Tel Aviv Opera House and Belgo restaurants, and in magazine publishing with Condé-Nast and UCL. Oliver lectures at universities and conferences around the world. He’s served as a judge for the Design Week awards, and as a university external examiner. Oliver has experience of complex project structures in the architectural field and in addition has developed specialisms in museum and exhibition design, product and interior design and visualisation. Victor Orive, Senior Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects Since he joined ZHA in 2007, Victor has worked on a broad range of competitions which include the New Passenger Terminal and Masterplan, Zagreb Airport Croatia; the Sunrise Tower, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia and the CBD Soho Masterplan in Beijing China. He has also been part of the team that designed Morpheus Hotel at City of Dreams, Macau and has been Project Architect for the Central Bank of Iraq. Mark Broom, Associate, ACME Mark studied at the University of Sheffield, receiving his diploma in 2005. After working on commercial projects for a small design-led practice in London he moved to Beijing in 2006 to join Studio Pei Zhu, working on cultural & commercial schemes for clients including the Guggenheim Foundation. In 2007 he returned to London, joining Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to work on high end student housing and the Brighton Aldridge Academy. Mark moved to Singapore in 2010 to work as a senior architect for Grant Associates on Gardens By The Bay, an iconic 52 hectare botanical gardens project. Since joining ACME in 2012 Mark has been project architect on a number of schemes including masterplans for Chester’s historic city centre and a mixed-use district in Dubai, a new market hall on Australia’s Gold Coast, and a landmark mixed used scheme in Southampton. Most recently he has been project architect for the timber-framed IQL Pavilion on the edge of the Olympic Park in Stratford. Since 2018 he has been an Associate at ACME. Ana Lourenco, Project Architect, Waugh Thistleton Architects Since joining the practice in 2013 Ana has led the delivery of a range of well executed, beautiful projects including the pop-up retail development at West Brompton Crossing for Capco, and the soon to complete Six Orsman Road; a pioneering shared office building using CLT and steel frame. Her first project for the practice, Bushey Cemetery, was nominated for the 2018 Stirling Prize. Ana is passionate about design, with a great eye and judgement for materials. She is particularly keen on exploring the use of healthy materials in the building process.  seminar room level T1DD/MM/YYYY More information

Tightening the green belt


Chair: Peter Murray, New London Architecture
Tim Riley, Director, RCKa
Roland Karthaus, Director, Matter Architecture
Gabi Code, Associate Director, WilkinsonEyre
Hilary Satchwell, Director, Tibbalds

Add to calendar29/01/2020 16:15:0029/01/2020 17:15:00Tightening the green beltThere is no clearer example of the relationship between urbanism and nature than along the green belt. It was created to protect against the sprawl of London and preserve areas for agriculture, leisure pursuits and the natural world. However, some believe that it has become a stranglehold on the development of the city. How should we approach this thorny subject and what innovative proposals can unlock the land without destroying the surrounding countryside? Peter Murray, New London Architecture Peter Murray is Curator-in-Chief of New London Architecture, a Mayor of London’s Design Advocate and Chairman of The London Society. In the 1920s and 30s The London Society played a key role in promoting the concept of the Green Belt and has called for a review to ensure it is still fit for purpose. Roland Karthaus, Director, Matter Architecture Roland Karthaus co-founded Matter Architecture with Jonathan McDowell in 2016. The practice works across scales and types of building and has gained a strong reputation for design and research-led projects. He was previously principal of Karthaus Design, a practice with expertise in strategic regeneration and participatory design. Roland is an Architect, a member of the RIBA, the Town and Country Planning Association and a Fellow of the RSA.  Professional appointments include: Design Council Built Environment Expert, RIBA Client Adviser, member of the RIBA Planning Advisory Group and of four design review panels.  Roland is part-time senior lecturer and researcher at the University of East London and in 2018 he won an RIBA President’s award for Research. He lives in Walthamstow where he helps run local design group Architects E17 and he enjoys long distance cycling in his spare time. Gabi Code, Associate Director, WilkinsonEyre Gabi is an associate director at WilkinsonEyre. During her time at the award-winning practice, she has developed extensive on-site experience and has overseen a number of projects from design stage through to completion both in the UK and internationally. Notable projects include Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, where Gabi was based on site for four years; the Wellcome Collection, which saw the transformation of The Wellcome Trust’s former 1930s headquarters in central London and Crown Aspinalls, a casino and new external terrace structure housed in a Grade II-listed Georgian terraced building within the Mayfair Conservation Area. Gabi registered as a qualified project manager with Association of Project Management in 2015, demonstrating she can not only design and deliver great buildings but she understands how a project can benefit from good communication and efficient project management and processes. seminar room level T1DD/MM/YYYY More information

Inside out


Chair: Clare Dowdy
Tania Adir, Co-founder, Uncommon
Matthew Holloway, Principal, Grimshaw
David Mahyari, SolidNature
last speaker to be confirmed

Add to calendar29/01/2020 17:30:0029/01/2020 18:30:00Inside outMost of us spend the majority of our time inside buildings, whether it’s for work, entertainment or home life. Proximity to plants and natural materials have proven benefits for health and happiness so why are many interior environments cold and impersonal? The fetish for empty, white spaces is dated and it’s high time that our internal landscapes were populated with as much nature as possible. Developers, designers, suppliers and researchers will gather for this talk and reveal that the future’s bright, the future’s green! Clare Dowdy Clare has been writing about the business of design and architecture for 20 years. As well as a staff writer for Wallpaper and Design Week magazine, she had a regular column in the Financial Times for two and a half years. Clare currently works as a freelancer for titles including Monocle, The Guardian and Wired, and has written two books on design. She also organises and chairs industry events at London Design Festival and Clerkenwell Design Week. David Mahyari, SOLIDNATURE  SolidNature was founded in Amsterdam in 2011, and in 2014 entrepreneur David Mahyari joined the company, after which it expanded rapidly to become one of the premium natural stone suppliers in the world. David became CEO in 2018.  The in-house team of design managers are masters at book-matching (two slabs with mirrored veins and patterns) and butterfly-matching (four mirrored slabs) and can offer a range of finishes from highly polished to honed, sand-blasted or bush-hammered. The company employs 40 marble experts, stone workers and project managers in Amsterdam, London and Dubai. When sourcing its stones, SolidNature insists the owners, directors and managers of its quarries adhere to standard health and safety, environmental and human rights policies for their workers. Regular unannounced visits are undertaken to ensure these standards are enforced, and the procurement team also visits local villages and communities to monitor housing, sanitation and education for the workforce.     seminar room level T1DD/MM/YYYY More information

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