BD Live Programme Highlights


Is there a future for the executive architect?

Architects often say they want to stick with projects from conception to completion, which means following it through the construction process. However, executive architects are becoming more and more recognised for the hard work they do. In the meantime, the draft New London Plan recommends that architects stay on a project and the Hackitt Review is looking for ways to better to apportion responsibility. What does this mean for the future of a key section of the profession.

Rab Bennetts, founding director, Bennetts Associates
Sean Ellis, chairman, St James
Other speakers tbc

Creating public realm fit for the people

As placemaking becomes a by-word for new developments, what is happening to public realm in our cities? Local government is suffering from a lack of funding for the spaces that help build communities. Can architects find sensible solutions through collaboration and intelligent design? Do we need private/public partnerships to fill the gap?

Holly Lewis, co-founding partner, We Made That
Mary Bowman, Gustafson Porter + Bowman
Julia Finlayson, project director (public realm) Argent
Other speakers tbc

Designing for offsite

Creating major parts of projects offsite and assembling them on site is no longer a dream of the future, it’s happening now. Large volume housebuilders are starting to catch on and are looking at developing new supply chains to make homes faster and more efficiently. The effects of this revolution are being felt at every scale, with smaller bespoke projects only made possible through technological innovation.

Jack Newton, senior associate, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Hanif Kara, director, AKT11
Jaimie Johnston, director, Bryden Wood
Other speakers tbc

Breaking into the big time – how to escape the domestic treadmill

A huge proportion of small practices across the UK cut their teeth on residential work, often involving extending or refurbishing existing properties. This panel will share stories and advice for how to take that all important next step to grow projects, switch typologies and build the practice.

Leanne Tritton, managing director, Ing Media
Phil Coffey, director, Coffey Architects
Other speakers tbc

How we made that: Three examples of how architects are using new technologies for design and construction.

VR: From gimmick to gamechanger

SODA and KEI Studios explain how their Boulevard Theatre project in the heart of Soho was only made possible through extended VR sessions with the client and design team.

Russell Potter, director, SODA
Speaker from KEI Studios

CNC: Digitally designing and making in wood

Digital design tools are increasingly used to control cutting machines that produce everything from simple pavilions to cross laminated timber multi-storey apartment blocks. Someone from somewhere talks about realising designs using CNC technology

Kyle Buchanan, director, Archio

3D printing: A quick fix?

An architect that researches the potential of 3D printing explains how the technology is evolving from model making tool to manufacturing full scale buildings in steel and concrete including for construction on Mar and the Moon.

Irene Gallou, head of specialist modelling group, Foster + Partners

Further sessions tbc