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In the Nature of Materials – Discussions on Architecture

Saturday 18 September

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Join us in the barn gallery for a day of talks on the nature of materials within contemporary architectural practice.

We will be joined by some of the leading minds and innovators within architecture as they discuss how we can better use resources and learn from our natural environment to find solutions to some of the problems affecting building, design and the environment.

This will be our third annual architecture festival and will comprise three panel discussions over the course of Saturday 18 September, with a focus on Material, Construction and Concepts. Architects behind some of the most innovative and dynamic projects including Gardens by the Bay, Seawater Greenhouse, Eden Project and Cork House will talk about their work and discuss how innovative materials can play a big part in building better buildings.


10:30 – 12pm
Panel 1 – Chaired by Sarah Wigglesworth RDI MBE RIBA, Director Member Part W, Design Council Expert

Material (roots): Summer Islam (Material Cultures), Kat Scott (DRMM and Steering Member for Architects Declare), Martin Self (AA Design + Make, Hooke Park)

2 – 3:30pm
Panel 2 – Chaired by Peter Clegg (FCB Studios)

Construction (trunk): Matthew Barnett Howland (CSK Architects and UCL), Jolyon Brewis (Grimshaws/ Eden Project), Jonathan Tuckey (Jonathan Tuckey Design)

3:45 – 5:30pm
Panel 3 – Chaired by Mike Stiff (Stiff + Trevillion)

Branches (concepts): Charlie Paton (Founder, Seawater Greenhouse), Andrew Grant (Grant Associates), Patrick Bellew (Atelier Ten)