Thursday, 20 June 2013
On June 18th Saul Golden represented PLACE at the launch of the Architecture and Built Environment Centre Network (the ABECN), a collective of fourteen centres from around the UK. The occasion was more just a celebratory launch, as representatives from ABECN were joined in a Roundtable discussion by a cross section of participants from government agencies, developers and multi-disciplinary professions. Architecture Minister Ed Vaizey officially launched the Network in the morning before the roundtable examined how to improve design quality across all areas of the built environment. Topics ranged from the influence of government policy and economic factors to the value and efficacy of design reviews on project quality and delivery, and focused in particular on how to collectively improve the quality of residential projects.
Thursday, 2 February 2012
In this series, The Past in the Present, we explore how the historic urban character of a city can be part of a dynamic and continually evolving contemporary society, with an aim to spark debate on the topic of conservation and heritage in our cities and further afield.
Series curated by Ailish Killilea and Anna Skoura.
|Photo by Bob in thechive.com|
Crispin Truman and Peter Aiers of The Churches Conservation Trust will talk about their work bringing new use to historic churches at risk. They will provide case studies and examples of the churches they care for and how they work with local communities to bring them alive again. They will also talk about their wide range of projects and events to promote tourism, volunteering, education, arts and community use.
Heather Hilburn, CEO of Shape East will discuss the design support that they are providing to create a cultural hub in a church and its surrounding town square.
Some information about the presenters:
Crispin Truman joined The Churches Conservation Trust as Chief Executive in 2003. Crispin is a trustee of Heritage Alliance and chairs the national Heritage Open Days committee. He led the setting up of a new European network, Future Religious Heritage, which he now chairs. Crispin is also a trustee of The Building Exploratory; a secondary school governor in Hackney; and was formerly trustee of mental health charity Rethink and chair of the London Cycling Campaign.
Joining the Trust in 2007 Peter Aiers has a specific role to find sustainable solutions to complex urban churches within the Trust as well as running the Regeneration Taskforce to enable more community involvement in the care and maintenance of our wonderful portfolio.
Heather Hilburn has an extensive background in architecture and commercial development and has worked in the UK's built environment industry for over 15 years. She has successfully delivered landmark Arts, Education and Leisure projects across Europe. She is a Trustee of London Spitalfield's City Farm, sits on the RIBA Building Futures Advisory Panel, as well as on the committee for Cambridge University Entrepreneurs, as Director for Social Enterprise.
The event is hosted by the Architecture Centre Network.
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Above: Peter Bishop, recently appointed Chair of the Architecture Centre Network
PETER BISHOP: NEW CHAIR OF ARCHITECTURE CENTRE NETWORK
Architecture Centre Network, the development and advocacy organisation for 23 architecture and built environment centres in the UK, is delighted to announce Peter Bishop as the organisation’s new Chair.
Peter is Deputy Chief Executive of the London Development Agency. He was appointed as the first Director of Design for London in 2006, and in 2008 as Group Director of the London Development Agency, responsible for design, land development and its environmental, housing and public space programmes.
Over the past 20 years, Peter Bishop has been a Planning Director in four different Central London Boroughs and has worked in major projects including Canary Wharf, the development of the BBC’s campus at White City and the Kings Cross developments, one of the largest and most complex sites in London. Peter lectures and teaches extensively and is a visiting professor at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Nottingham Trent University.
Peter Bishop comments: “Good design should not be considered as a luxury. Architecture centres play a pivotal role in supporting individuals and communities in shaping their local areas to form tightly knit, lasting and vibrant places. I look forward to my new role with the Architecture Centre Network to support their work and place them in the heart of the new emerging urban agenda.”
Bridget Sawyers, Chief Executive of Architecture Centre Network said: “I am delighted that Peter has accepted the role of Chair of the Board of Architecture Centre Network. His knowledge and ideas as a key player in design excellence will be invaluable in positioning the organisation in engaging people with architecture at an exciting time, as we reach out to a wider range of partners with new local, national and international projects.”
New Collaborator Members
Architecture Centre Network continues to grow as the organisation goes from strength to strength. We are pleased to announce two new collaborator members: Transform in South Yorkshire and the Irish Architecture Foundation.
Architecture Centre Network Guide
The new Architecture Centre Network Guide has just been published online here and is available in hard copy from the Architecture Centre Network. The guide highlights the collective impact, resulting from expertise in design review and enabling, placemaking, education and training, exhibitions and debate, and the research and knowledge sharing that underpins the network.