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2020 features and seminars

City vs Countryside


Chair: David Michon
Piers Taylor, Principal, Invisible Studio
Biba Dow, Co-founder, Dow Jones Architects
Eleanor Hedley, AssociateMA, Feilden Fowles
Niall Maxwell, Founder, Rural Office for Architecture
Hugo Lindsay-Fynn, Palladian London

Add to calendar30/01/2020 15:00:0030/01/2020 16:00:00City vs CountrysideWhere is the ideal place to live and work? Historically, people have always travelled to cities for work and desired a country retreat for a healthy home life. Now we’re becoming more polarised into urban dwellers and rural types but we all like a bit of nature. The rolling hills of England's green and pleasant lands are enticing but the metropolis can be awash with pocket parks and green spaces. The panel will explore a series of case studies that either sit within a verdant expanse or enclose their own micro landscape. David Michon David Michon is a writer and strategist, and the former managing editor Monocle magazine and Winkreative creative agency. He's a past editor of Icon, and has written for L'Uomo Vogue, Vogue Italia, Kinfolk, The Gourmand, PIN-UP and Disegno. Piers Taylor, Principal, Invisible Studio Piers Taylor is an award winning architect, and principal of Invisible Studio. He was the inaugural Studio Master at the Architectural Association for the Design & Make Programme at Hooke Park, a former Design Fellow at the University of Cambridge, and is a PhD Scholar at the University of Reading. Taylor lives and works in a 100 acre woodland that is managed by his practice as a place for ongoing research to inform the buildings they design and make. He runs a progressive architectural practice which designs and constructs in a collaborative fashion, often with ‘unskilled’ labour using materials grown or sources from the site. Biba Dow, Co-founder, Dow Jones Architects Biba is a founding director of Dow Jones Architects. She was born in London in 1969 and studied architecture (Part I and Part II) at the University of Cambridge. After graduating, she worked for conservation practice Caroe and Partners, and for Powell and Moya, working on the Mental Health Resource Centre in Hove, before establishing Dow Jones Architects with Alun Jones in 2000. Biba was short-listed for Architect of the Year for the Women in Architecture Awards 2018. Biba has led a range of complex arts, heritage and community buildings within the practice. She is experienced at working with complex client organisations, and at gaining consensus with stakeholders and users. She has delivered a number of projects involving sensitive sites and complicated briefs which reflect the needs of different stakeholder groups. She is especially adept at working with stakeholders to achieve consensus around a project, both in terms of statutory approvals and of community engagement. She is experienced in dealing with HLF funded projects and with complex funding regimes. Biba is a member of the Old Oak and Park Royal Quality Review Panel. She is an architectural awards assessor, and was guest judge at the Glasgow Institute of Architecture awards in 2018. She has been involved with teaching architecture at a number of UK universities, teaching a diploma unit at the Cass and as a visiting critic at Cambridge University, Kingston School of Architecture, and other schools. She is an external examiner at Kingston School of Architecture. She writes about architecture and culture, has lectured widely on the work of her practice and contributed a film to the San Diego Women In Architecture film festival in 2018. She is a governor of a primary school in Brixton. Eleanor Hedley, AssociateMA, Feilden Fowles Since joining Feilden Fowles in 2014 Eleanor has enjoyed working across a range of project scales, from securing planning on two new-build London town houses to designing and overseeing construction of educational facilities at Waterloo City Farm. She has also delivered a number of small fast paced projects in this time, working closely with contractors and fabricators to realise bespoke and thoughtful solutions. She is currently Project Architect on the design and delivery of the new Dining Hall and catering facilities at Homerton College, Cambridge, and also Feilden Fowles’ work at London’s Natural History Museum. Previously Eleanor gained experience at a small practice designing and delivering projects for both private and Local Authority clients and she is also a founding member of the Turner Prize winning collective, Assemble. She studied architecture at Cambridge and UCL with drawings from her MArch thesis project selected for exhibition in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Niall Maxwell, Founder, Rural Office for Architecture Rural Office for Architecture was established in rural Wales in 2008 by Niall Maxwell, having moved there from London in 2004 to work on the development of Cardigan’s historic port. The practice classifies itself as regionalists, often working within rural settings, responding to the context and surroundings by reinterpreting the familiar architectural language of the past. Niall has spent the last decade documenting the landscape of Wales as he travels across the country for business, reflecting on the shift in agricultural practice and rural industry.  The practice's output is small with projects often taking years to reach completion, if at all, with much of their work involving strategic consultancy for universities, cultural organisations and heritage bodies. Selected by the Architecture Foundation in 2015 as one of the best emerging practices in the UK, they were part of the winning design team for the RIBA House of the Year in 2017, a country estate called Caring Wood in Kent.  They are currently working on a range of barn conversions across the UK, three new residences in Wales and a rural dwelling in Japan. Hugo Lindsay-Fynn, Co-founder, Palladian London Palladian London is a high-end, boutique architectural practice run by brothers Hugo and Alexander Lindsay-Fynn that specialises in the design of beautiful, distinctive homes which reflect the personalities and lifestyles of their owners. Alexander has a background in urban planning and interior and architectural design, while Hugo’s background is in the history of architecture, architectural design and real estate development. They founded Palladian London in 2005 and are personally involved in every project the practice takes on.   seminar room level T1DD/MM/YYYY More information

Learning in Nature


Chair: Veronica Simpson, journalist
Eleanor Brough, Associate, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
Rory Harmer, Partner, Tate Harmer
Penny Wilson, Playworker
Zoe Waterman, Theatre Director

Add to calendar30/01/2020 16:15:0030/01/2020 17:15:00Learning in NatureStudies show clearly that the natural world can do wonders for educating children and adults, and yet most classrooms are locked away from the great outdoors. What can schools and institutions do to get lessons out of traditional learning environments and amongst the flora and fauna? Architects and educators will discuss a variety of strategies to help reshape the way we approach education and landscape. Veronica Simpson, journalist Eleanor Brough, Associate, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects Eleanor has been with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects for over ten years, becoming an Associate in 2013. She plays a key role in the practice with expertise in the housing, education and community sectors. Eleanor was awarded Project Architect of the Year by RIBA North West for her lead role on Mellor Primary School, an exemplar sustainable school extension near the Peak District National Park. The project incorporates community build elements alongside new teaching spaces suited to Mellor Primary’s Forest School ethos. She now heads the teams delivering a new Forest School nursery near Huddersfield as well as the most recent Phases of the Trent Basin masterplan for a new sustainable waterside community in Nottingham. Eleanor regularly speaks on behalf of the practice, focusing on SWA’s education projects and is a visiting technical tutor at the University of Sheffield. Rory Harmer, Partner, Tate Harmer Rory is a founding member of Tate Harmer and has over 15 years’ experience leading low energy and sustainable projects. Rory’s key strengths lie in communicating, investigating and pushing the detailed design process so that projects remain on time and on budget, without losing the initial design intent. He is a big advocate for sustainable design and champions flexible strategies that can help drive the performance gap between design and build. Rory graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University with first class honours, before completing his Graduate Diploma and Part 3 Certificate at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Having previously worked for Farrells at their London office, Rory is the practice’s expert masterplanner and responsible for leading complex developments including Cranleigh Preparatory School, The Museum of Scouting and York St John University. Within each of the practice’s education projects, Rory explores how creating learning environments within a natural setting can help with education, learning and collaboration.’ Penny Wilson, Playworker Penny grew up in Folkestone in the 60s playing on pebble beaches and the South Downs. She studied Illustration at Camberwell, and eventually found her way to Playwork, which is where she was meant to be. After working for many years at Chelsea Adventure Playground, an inclusive loose-parts based site built by Lady Allen of Hurtwood,  she worked at The Play Association Tower Hamlets developing inclusive play offers on housing estates and parks in the borough, she designed  spaces, services and events that offered playable spaces to whole communities. She worked extensively across the USA over the course of a  decade or so, with the Alliance for Childhood delivering  keynote presentations, workshops, exemplar play sessions, filmed interviews, and working on play literacy campaigns with many play activist groups. She worked with several large Childrens Museums, with the NewYork Parks Department, skilling up their Rec staff,  and with Rockwell and Cas Holman in supporting and testing  the design for Imagination Playground and their Blue Blocks. She now works for Assemble Studio managing Playkx and on Mudchute Park and Farm. She still does a bit of illustration. She has written for many publications, peer reviewed Journals, Books and magazines and presented at many conferences in England and Wales. She did a TEDx too. Penny has written a lot of bits and pieces, including three books, that are free to download. Playing with Winnicott. A graphic novel introduction to D W Winnicott for Playworkers The String of Beads. A collection of Play Memories The Playwork Primer. An gentle introduction to play and Playwork theory and practice. Zoe Waterman, Theatre Director Zoë is a freelance theatre director, she has worked at theatres across the country, including Nottingham Playhouse; Theatre by the Lake, Keswick; Theatr Clwyd and the New Vic in Stoke, where she was the Associate Artistic Director 2018-19. She received an MFA in Theatre Directing from Birkbeck College and was the recipient of the New Wimbledon Theatre’s Emerging Directors Award in 2007. Zoë has volunteered for The Woodcraft Folk, a national youth organisation, for over twenty years.  She currently helps to run weekly groups for 6-9 and 10-12 year olds at Hackney City Farm; has been instrumental in the organisation of several large camps – most recently leading on CoCamp, a camp for 2,500 young people in Sherwood Forest n 2011; and was a trustee of the organisation 2002-2008. seminar room level T1DD/MM/YYYY More information

Guest interviewee


Chair: Helen Parton, journalist
Dan Pearson, Dan Pearson Studio
Tom Emerson, Co-founding director, 6a architects

Add to calendar30/01/2020 17:30:0030/01/2020 18:31:00Guest intervieweeIn conversation Dan Pearson and Tom Emerson will discuss the interaction of architecture and landscape. Dan Pearson Studio and 6a have worked together on a number of projects and they will explore their collaborative process, looking at complimentary and overlapping design approaches. Helen Parton, journalist Helen Parton is an architecture and interiors journalist with over 15 years’ experience. She began her career on interiors magazine Intra, a sister title to Building Design architectural newspaper and has since written for a wide variety of publications, among them FX, Blueprint and Property Week. She edited workplace design magazine OnOffice for three years from 2015-2018, garnering the title multiple award nominations in national journalism awards, as well as spearheading many commercial collaborations. In 2011, she co-authored a book by Thames and Hudson called Total Office Design. She is currently a freelance editorial consultant. Dan Pearson, Dan Pearson Studio Dan Pearson is a British landscape designer, horticulturalist, writer and gardener. His work is characterised by an innate sensitivity to place, an intuitive and light-handed approach to design, bold and painterly naturalistic plantings and deep-rooted horticultural knowledge. Dan trained in horticulture at RHS Gardens’ Wisley, the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Jerusalem Botanical Gardens and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He is a member of the Society of Garden Designers (MSGD), an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (Hon FRIBA) and a Royal Designer for Industry (RDI). Since 2014 he has been a Garden Advisor to the National Trust at Sissinghurst Castle. In 2013 Dan was the subject of an exhibition at The Garden Museum, London, Green Fuse: The Work of Dan Pearson. Dan has designed a number of award-winning show gardens at the Chelsea Flower Show. His 2015 show garden for Chatsworth and Laurent Perrier was awarded a Gold Medal and Best Show Garden. Dan lectures and broadcasts regularly and has written a number of books including Spirit: Garden Inspiration and Home Ground: Sanctuary in the City. He is a Contributing Editor to Gardens Illustrated magazine. For over 20 years he wrote a weekly newspaper gardening column, most recently for The Observer. He now writes his own weekly blog, Dig Delve.   Tom Emerson, Co-founding director, 6a architects Tom Emerson studied architecture at the University of Bath, the Royal College of Art and the University of Cambridge. He has taught at the Architectural Association and the University of Cambridge and published articles on architecture, literature and art. In 2010 he was appointed Professor of Architecture at the eth Department of Architecture in Zurich. seminar room level T1DD/MM/YYYY More information

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