Old Truman Brewery, 27 & 28 January 2021

2020 features and seminars

Wednesday 29 January 2020

15:00 - 16:00

seminar room level T1

Timber futures

Wooden 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.

Oliver Salway
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.

Victor Orive
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.

Mark Broom
Rebecca Sawcer, Waugh Thistleton Architects

Rebecca Sawcer

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