Wednesday 25 January 2017
16:15 - 17:15
Design driven by natural forces
Water, air, sunlight and the movements of the earth are just some of the multiple factors that affect our buildings and urban environments. All design is affected by the elements in some way but some practitioners choose to respond more closely than others. Eleanor Young, executive editor RIBAJ, will discuss projects that have been shaped by the natural world with some of the UK’s leading architects and designers. They will explore the ways in which landscape, materials and design combine to form spaces for humans to reconsider their role in the nature.
Ana Abram, Senior Landscape Architect, Gustafson Porter + Bowman
Ana joined Gustafson Porter + Bowman in 2014 and is currently team leader for the landscape elements of the International Quarter London, masterplanned with Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and also project architect for the first and largest phase of a high-profile residential project in West London. She is soon to become a chartered landscape architect. Ana’s main design interest is creating spaces with a strong identity which build upon the socio-political and natural influences on a site. Her design research approach
is based on understanding complex urban systems from both a strategic approach down to human-scale viewpoints. Prior to joining Gustafson Porter + Bowman, Ana worked for award-winning architectural and landscape architectural practices in Ljubljana, Beijing and London where she was involved in vast range of projects, ranging from large-scale masterplans to smaller cultural sites. She studied landscape architecture and urbanism at the University of Ljubljana and Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands, holding a MA in Landscape Architecture with distinction. She subsequently completed a degree in Landscape Urbanism at the Architectural Association before going on to teach at University workshops. She has been a critic at the Architectural Association and lectured at the American Institute of Architects in 2012.
Michael Pawlyn, Director, Exploration Architecture
Michael Pawlyn established Exploration in 2007 and has built a reputation as a thought leader in biomimicry. He has lectured internationally on biomimicry and innovative approaches to sustainability. In 2007 Michael Pawlyn delivered a talk at Google’s annual ‘Zeitgeist’ conference and, in 2011, became one of only a small handful of architects to have a talk posted on TED.com. In the same year, his book Biomimicry in Architecture was published by the Royal Institute of British Architects. Prior to setting up the company Michael Pawlyn worked with Grimshaw for ten years and was central to the team that radically re-invented horticultural architecture for the Eden Project. He was responsible for leading the design of the Warm Temperate and Humid Tropics Biomes and the subsequent phases. He initiated the Grimshaw environmental management system resulting in the company becoming the first firm of European architects to achieve certification to ISO14001.
Jerry Tate, Director, Tate Harmer
Jerry founded Tate Harmer in 2007 and maintains a central role at the practice. He is driven by his desire to generate creative, pragmatic and unique solutions for each project. Jerry is influential across all projects, ensuring design quality is paramount. Jerry was educated at Nottingham University and the Bartlett, where he received the Antoine Predock Design Award, subsequently completing a masters degree at Harvard University, where he received the Kevin V. Kieran prize. Prior to establishing Tate Harmer he worked at Grimshaw Architects where he led a number of significant projects including ‘The Core’ education facilities at the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK. Jerry is frequently invited to lecture, notably at the Carpenters Fellowship and Ecobuild, as well as contribute to architecture publications, including Building Design, Sustain, Building and World Architecture News. He has taught at Harvard University, run a timber design and make course for the Dartmoor Arts organisation currently teaches at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.
James Todd, Associate Director, Architype
James has a deep knowledge of the social, environmental and health impacts of buildings and is passionate about delivering excellent design that builds holistically on Architype’s pioneering research in Passivhaus, lifecycle carbon, building performance and user satisfaction.
At Architype, James has extensive experience of leading design teams and managing the delivery of projects at all stages, across a wide range of scales and building types. He has guided the development and application of Architype’s design quality and knowledge management systems.
James was the project leader for The Enterprise Centre at the University of East Anglia, an exemplary low carbon building certified to both BREEAM Outstanding and Passivhaus standards. Other recent projects led by James include RUSS, a large-scale Community Land Trust led self-build development in Lewisham; Christ Church Central, a new build Passivhaus church in Sheffield city centre; Peckham Settlement community hub in South London and Holy Trinity Primary School expansion in Richmond.
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