BD Live Programme

8.30: Breakfast

9.15: The BD interview

Speakers to be announced shortly

9.45am: 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

Rae Whittow-Williams

Senior project officer

GLA

John Robertson

Director

John Robertson Architects

Sean Ellis

Chairman

St James

10:30: Networking break

11.00: 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.11

Hamza Abbas

Director

Kei Studios

Russell Potter

Director

SODA

11.15: The BD Live Crit

Four previous BD Architect of the Year category winners and shortlisted practices have been invited to develop design proposals for a key part of the retail and commercial heart of British Land’s £4bn Canada Water regeneration project in south east London.

Masterplanned by Allies and Morrison, this is one of the most important and challenging parts of the scheme and will test each practice’s creativity to the full.

British Land will evaluate these ideas providing live feedback with a view to asking the architects to develop them further.

The leading architects selected to develop their ideas for the regeneration project are: SODA StudioReiach and HallCoffey Architects and Mikhail Riches.

Paul Eaton

Partner

Allies and Morrison

Roger Madelin

Head of Canada Water Development

British Land

Philip Tait

Development Director

British Land

Nicola Rutt

Partner

Hawkins\Brown

Michael Tsoukaris

Group Manager Design & Conservation

Southwark Council

12:30: Networking lunch

1.30: 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?

Julia Finlayson

Project director (public realm)

Argent

Neil Porter

Founding partner

Gustafson Porter + Bowman

Holly Lewis

Co-founding partner

We Made That

2.30: 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. Kyle Buchanan from Archio talks about realising designs using CNC technology.

Kyle Buchanan

Director

Archio

2.45: 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

Hanif Kara

Director

AKTII

Jaimie Johnston

Director

Bryden Wood

Jack Newton

Senior associate

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

3:30: Coffee break

3.45: 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 Mars and the Moon

Joshua Mason

Associate partner

Foster + Partners

4pm: 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.

Andrew Clancy

Director

Clancy Moore

Phil Coffey

Director

Coffey Architects

Leanne Tritton

Managing director

Ing Media

Julia Barfield

Managing director

Marks Barfield

5:15: Drinks and networking