Olympia London, 24 - 25 January 2018

2017 features

Wednesday 25 January 2017

15:00 - 16:00

Seminar room

A bridge too far?

Rivers have shaped our towns and cities, and the points at which we choose to cross them are of fundamental importance, both for transport and the built environment that springs up around these urban nodes. Bridges therefore play a vital role in the function of daily life but they are also feats of engineering and objects of beauty. What happens when the bridge becomes the focus of attention, rather than its landing points or the gap it spans? We are drawn to beautiful bridges and the UK has a long history with their design. In this talk we will explore the challenges in creating bridges in difficult places and the ways in which the bridges themselves can become spaces to enjoy and interact with.

Roger Ridsdill Smith, Senior Partner, Foster + Partners

Roger Ridsdill Smith leads Foster + Partners’ Structural Engineering team. He gained his degree in structural engineering from Cambridge University and began his professional career in Paris. In 1994 he joined Ove Arup and Partners, becoming a director of the firm in 2003 and subsequently running a multidisciplinary engineering group in Arup’s London office. His experience includes the design and construction of structures around the world, as well as leadership of multidisciplinary design teams on major projects. He has worked both as lead consultant and as a part of teams led by other consultants.

Jonathan McDowell, Director, Matter Architecture

Jonathan was Partner at McDowell+Benedetti (with Renato Benedetti) from 1996-2016, which established a reputation for design excellence with an unusually diverse range of projects across different types and scales. Their projects won many prestigious awards and competitions and were widely published in the UK and abroad.  He is a member of various Design Review Panels and an RIBA Competitions Adviser.

Jonathan McDowell

Julia Barfield, Managing Director, Marks Barfield

Founding director of Marks Barfield Architects (MBA) together with husband and partner David Marks - also the originators and creative entrepreneurs behind the design and realisation of the London Eye.  Julia studied at the Architectural Association and then went on to work for Richard Rogers & Partners and Foster Associates. She lectures regularly at conferences and universities and is on the RIBA National Awards Panel. MBA has diverse experience in many sectors, from culture and education to bridges and masterplans. Projects range from a Treetop Walkway for the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, to Wembley White Horse Bridge & Public Realm and MBA’s latest self initiated project, British Airways i360, a 450ft observation tower that offers a new perspective on Brighton and Hove. Current projects include a visitor’s centre focusing on a UNESCO Atoll in the Seychelles, as well as the UK’s first green Mosque with an expressive engineered timber roof in Cambridge.

Julia Barfield

Ben Addy, Director, Moxon

Ben Addy established Moxon in 2004, and is today one of its two Directors. Ben has cultivated Moxon into an award-winning, cross-disciplinary architecture firm, building up a reputation for technical achievement, aesthetic versatility and an inquisitive, collaborative design process. Under his leadership, Moxon has secured a wide variety of major clients, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, the City of Westminster, Transport for London, Hauser & Wirth and the UK government (for their high speed rail project). Ben has particular experience in bridge and public infrastructure design with key projects in London, Scotland and Doha. Moxon gained recognition early on, being named to the Architects’ Journal / Corus top “40 under 40” in 2004. Since, they have been awarded for design, construction excellence and conservation. Concurrent to his directorship at Moxon, Ben sits on the RIBA’s Building Futures Advisory Board, and is a member of the assessment panel for the Cairngorms LEADER programme, which supports community-led rural development in the Eastern Highlands of Scotland.

Ben Addy

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