City vs Countryside
Where 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.
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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.
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