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Timber futures


Chair: Chris Foges, Architecture Today
Oliver Salway, Director, Softroom
Victor Orive, Senior Associate, Zaha Hadid Architects
Mark Broom, Associate, ACME
Rebecca Sawcer, 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. Rebecca Sawcer, Waugh Thistleton Architects 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. Tim Riley, Director, RCKa Tim is a founding director of RCKa, a London-based architectural practice that specialises in innovative residential, community and commercial projects. RCKa was winner of the inaugural RIBA London Emerging Practice of the Year in 2015 and has won three Housing Design Awards, most recently in 2019 for the Hortsley development in Seaford, for specialist developer PegasusLife. Tim heads up RCKa’s strategic design and masterplanning work, leads on the practice’s research into delivering social value, and sits on both Harrow and Hounslow Council’s design review panels. He is chair of Hertfordshire’s design review panel and a member of the GLA’s Special Assistance Team. 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. Hilary Satchwell, Director, Tibbalds Hilary Satchwell is an architect, urban designer and masterplanner who brings strategic leadership to a broad range of housing and mixed-use projects that prioritise placemaking, people and good growth. She is a founder director of Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design, a consultancy set up to continue the legacy of Francis Tibbalds’ ‘making people-friendly places’. Hilary’s expertise is focused on setting up and managing projects to deliver good places and award-winning projects. She is a personable, inclusive and persuasive strategic leader with over 20 years experience delivering a range of projects across England in both urban, sub-urban and rural contexts.  Her project work includes new settlements and major urban expansions at the larger scale, urban regeneration projects, education masterplans, and small scale residential interventions, as well as research, good practice guidance, and design advice. Hilary is one of Sadiq Khan's Mayor’s Design Advisors, is a trustee of Design:South East, and sits on the London Borough of Southwark and London Borough of Lewisham Design Review Panels. seminar room level T1DD/MM/YYYY More information

Inside out


Chair: Clare Dowdy
Tania Adir, Co-founder, Uncommon
Matthew Holloway, Principal, Grimshaw
David Mahyari, CEO, SolidNature
Olga Turner, Director & Co-founder, Ekkist

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. Tania Adir, Founder, Uncommon Tania Adir founded one of London’s leading flexible workspaces, Uncommon. Following a career in property development she moved into the world of interior design and is now the sole designer for all their spaces (Fulham, Borough, Highbury & Islington and as of May this year, their new 8 floor flagship space on Liverpool Street). Uncommon has been created to primarily help increase levels of productivity in a considered and thoughtful environment to boost creativity, making it the perfect place for freelancers, entrepreneurs, start-ups and anyone who wants to experience a fresh, natural and encouraging approach to day to day work life. It took Tania (aged 31) less than five years of working in finance and law to discover that the corporate life wasn’t for her. “Developing my first property was the turning point,” says Tania. “I realised that I can’t sit in a corporate office environment, I need somewhere that inspires me, that feeds my creativity and increases productivity…enter Uncommon” Tania and her husband set up the development firm, G&T London in 2010, aged 23 and 24, and began renovating single high-value flats in central locations. In 2014, their astounding refurbishment of a Georgian building, 58 Myddelton Square, sold in excess of £5m; at the time the most expensive single house ever sold in Islington. Tania was never daunted by being a young developer in a competitive market, though admit she does have battle scars. People see your age and wonder what you know about life. Property isn’t a traditionally young field in the way technology is and she also had to tackle the issue of being female in a male-dominated industry. Matthew Holloway, Principal, Grimshaw Matthew is the Principal of Grimshaw’s Southern Asia Business, based in London, covering projects across the region but with a specific focus on Singapore and Malaysia. Currently he is leading the team designing Lendlease's Tun Razak Exchange Lifestyle Quarter as Precinct Architect, a role which oversees the design team to ensure a cohesive world class design is achieved for this large scale mixed-use regeneration project. Prior to moving to South East Asia, Matthew was the Principal of Grimshaw's Melbourne Studio, and led the emerging commercial and mixed-use portfolio for the Australian practice. He was the Project Director for several large scale commercial office buildings including 477 Collins Street, a $300 million premium grade office tower in Melbourne's CBD, 664 Collins Street, a new office campus for Pitcher Partners and 699 Bourke Street, AGL's new Headquarters. Of particular note; 664 and 699 are both constructed over the active rail environment of Southern Cross Station, also by Grimshaw. David Mahyari, CEO, 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.     Olga Turner Olga is a Chartered Surveyor and WELL Building Standard™ Accredited Professional. She has a strong consultancy track record of UK and international projects, ranging from small boutique residential schemes to large masterplans, which she advised on during her time as a Residential Development Consultant at Savills and CBRE. seminar room level T1DD/MM/YYYY More information

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