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Conscious Cities Festival 2018 - Day 1 - Architecture

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Curating Experience - The Future Role of the Architect

The architecture profession is in flux once again. The role of the architect is changing as a result of client expectations, market demands, and the growing need for specialised knowledge. Architects are interested in creating environments that prioritise the user experience, but are more often occupied with other aspects of project management and procurement. Addressing this disjunction is ultimately the responsibility of the profession itself. As other professions move towards more transparent methodologies and an evidence base, architects still rely heavily on their intuition. What new tools will shift the architecture profession back to a focus on curating experience?

Conscious Cities will host a series of short talks and a panel debate with those reshaping the future of the profession. How will a growing and valuable evidence base from neuroscience and psychology fit into future projects and change the way we design and build?


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Ben Derbyshire

President of The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)

Ben Derbyshire was elected as president of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) in 2016 on a platform of change. His term will run for two years from September 2017. He is Chair of HTA Design LLP, a design consultancy to the home building industry, practicing ‘creative collaboration’ in a range of professional and other disciplines.

Ben will be introducing the event as well as hosting the panel debate. RIBA's Advancing Architecture strategy for 2016-2020 aims to engage members with the challenges and opportunities of a changing world, as well as build a body of knowledge and facilitate collaboration, research and innovation in practice.


Julia Barfield

Founding Director at Marks Barfield Architects

Founding director of Marks Barfield Architects (MBA) 1989 together with husband and partner David Marks (1952 - 2017) - also the originators and creative Entrepreneurs behind the design, funding, development and realisation of the London Eye and British Airways i360 in Brighton.

MBA has won more than 80 awards for Design, Innovation and Sustainability. Clapham Old Town won the NLA Award for Public Space in 2015. Greenwich Gateway Pavilions won an RIBA National award 2016 and in 2017; The University of Cambridge Primary School won the RIBA East Award in 2017 and British Airways i360 has won 18 awards over 2017-2018 .


Sarah Williams Goldhagen

Director of Human Centred Design at Turf Advisory

A former Harvard professor and award-winning writer and lecturer on architecture and landscapes, cities and urban design, infrastructure and public art -- all the things that constitute the built environment -- she is the author of the pathbreaking Welcome to Your World: How the Built Environment Shapes Our Lives (HarperCollins, 2017), which draws from current research in cognitive neuroscience and environmental psychology to establish a new framework for architectural and urban design, better suited to the needs of human experience.

Goldhagen is a contributing editor at Art in America and Architectural Record; for many years, she was the New Republic’s architecture critic for many years, and taught for a decade at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.


Prof. Alan Penn

Dean of The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

Alan is the Dean of the Bartlett faculty of the Built Environment, he is a founding director of Space Syntax Ltd, a UCL knowledge transfer spin out with a portfolio of over 100 applied projects per year, including whole city masterplans, neighbourhood development plans and individual buildings.

Prof. Penn was the Chair of the Architecture, Built Environment and Planning sub-panel 16 and a member of Main-panel C for the Research Excellence Framework 2014. He is Principal Investigator on the £5m five year EPSRC funded Digital Economy Hub: UK Regions Digital Research Facility.


Chris Watson

Director of Property at Maggie's

Prior to joining Maggie’s Chris had a lead role in delivering several of the country’s leading cultural developments. Working as a consultant to many prestigious clients that include the National Gallery, the Tate Gallery, English Heritage and the Imperial War Museum, Chris took responsibility for the implementation of the Sainsbury Wing in Trafalgar Square, the Tate Modern Tanks, the Stonehenge Visitor Centre and the Imperial War Museum North to name but few. In 1998 Chris was honoured by HM The Queen for his work on the restoration of Windsor Castle following the Great Fire of 1992.

Chris joined Maggie’s as a Director in 2012 and has taken a lead role for Maggie’s in the completion of some ten Centres with Steven Holl’s Barts Centre being the most recent. He is currently working on a several further Centres which are in various stages of design and construction.

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