BD Live Programme

8.45: Breakfast

9.10: Welcome

Thomas Lane, editor, BD

9.15: The BD interview

Niall McLaughlin

Niall McLaughlin Architects

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?

Chair: Thomas Lane, editor, BD

Rab Bennetts

Founding director

Bennetts Associates

Paul Prichard

Development director


Rae Whittow-Williams

Senior project officer


John Robertson


John Robertson Architects

Tony Ryan

technical director

Kingspan Insulated Panels

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.

Chair: Thomas Lane, editor, BD

Hamza Abbas


Kei Studios

Rory Aitkenhead

Project Architect


11.15: The BD Live Crit: A new quarter for Canada Water

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.

Each practice will receive a £7,500 honorarium to develop their ideas for presentation in this session to a panel including developer, masterplanner and planning authority.  British Land will evaluate these ideas with a view to asking the architects to develop these further.

The architects: SODA Studio, Reiach and Hall, Coffey Architects and Mikhail Riches

The panel:

Paul Eaton


Allies and Morrison

Roger Madelin

Head of Canada Water Development

British Land

Philip Tait

Development Director

British Land

Nicola Rutt



Michael Tsoukaris

Group Manager Design & Conservation

Southwark Council

Chaired by: Thomas Lane, editor, BD

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?

Chair: Ike Ijeh, architectural critic, BD

Julia Finlayson

Project director (public realm)


Guy Rochez

deputy leader of the placemaking team


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.

Chair: Thomas Lane, editor, BD

Kyle Buchanan



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

Chair: Dave Rogers, contributing editor, BD/Building

Rob Partridge



Jaimie Johnston


Bryden Wood

Jack Newton

Senior associate

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Steve Wightman

Managing Director - Manufacturing

Urban Splash

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

Chair: Thomas Lane, editor, BD

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.

Chair: Elizabeth Hopkirk, assistant editor, BD

Andrew Clancy


Clancy Moore

Phil Coffey


Coffey Architects

Leanne Tritton

Managing director

Ing Media

Julia Barfield

Managing director

Marks Barfield

5:15: Drinks and networking