About the Speakers
Rachael Unsworth - Dr. Michael
Crilly - Andrew Yeats - Peter Walker - Sir Terry Farrell
Lyn Fenton - Hans Mönninghoff - Bob Lowe - Peter Head
Irena Bauman - Stephen Martin - Sarah Wigglesworth - Mark Hodson - Carlos
Maud Marshall - Peter Ullman - Richard Bickers - Shaun Russell - Martin
Thursday 2nd March: Air
Chair: Rachael Unsworth
- Leeds University
Dr Rachael Unsworth is a part time lecturer
at Leeds University School of Geography. Her research interests focus
on urban environments and landscapes, with particular interest in the
areas of: the role of urban planning, urban management and property
markets and their relationship to social, economic, technological and
political change, changing approaches to the management of urban environments,
and ethnic minorities in British cities.
Michael Crilly - CABE
Michael Crilly is a chartered planner and urban designer with
a background in the public, private and voluntary sector. He studied
architecture and environmental planning at Queens University, Belfast
and has postgraduate qualifications in urban design from the Polytechnic
of Central London and was funded by and collaborated with Foster and
Partners in his doctorate on sustainable urbanism at Cranfield University,
He started work in strategic and new settlement planning in the southeast
before working for the Belfast Civic Trust and several private practices
in Northern Ireland. One of the doctoral case studies took him to look
at community involvement and engagement in regeneration projects and
he worked for Newcastle City as the head of their urban design team
on city centre renaissance projects.
Peter now works for the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment
as its regional programme manager in the Tees Valley working on housing
market renewal, strategic masterplanning, and design coding.
Andrew Yeats - EcoArc
Andrew Yeats is principal partner of award-winning chartered
architects practice EcoArc. Established over two decades ago,
the company is committed to sustainable environmental design of the
highest quality, in terms of energy efficiency and environmental impact.
The aim of EcoArcs work is to co-create exemplarily ecologically
sustainable buildings, which are simple, cost effective and fit sensitively
into their surroundings.
Andrew particularly enjoys working collaboratively with clients as a
green architect and is interested in specifying natural
building materials, which minimise carbon dioxide emissions, involve
low level of environmental degradation and have low-level energy consumption
in their manufacture.
Walker - EcoCentroGen Ltd.
Peter Walker has been involved in Environmental
Services for the past 20 years and has been involved in design, project
management and sales & marketing and set up EcoCentroGen in 2001.
Peter had the original concept of linking a financial and technical
model approach that is still to this day the cornerstone of EcoCentroGens
EcoCentroGen provides project funding towards design and construction,
and takes responsibility for the on-going operation and maintenance
of on-site energy centres producing power, heat, cooling and state of
the art data services, including digital television, telephony and high
Terry Farrell - Farrells
is Principal of Farrells. He is an internationally recognised architect
and urban designer with offices in London, Edinburgh and Hong Kong.
In practice for over 40 years, Terry has completed high-profile building
schemes and masterplans in cities as diverse as Edinburgh, Hong Kong,
Lisbon, Seoul, Newcastle, Leeds and London. Recent work in the UK includes
the masterplan and design of the new London Home Office Headquarters
and two millennium projects: the award-winning Centre for Life in Newcastle,
celebrating the story of genetics, and The Deep in Hull, which houses
a marine science centre. Other projects include Edinburghs Dean
Centre Art Gallery, the Transportation Centre at Inchon International
Airport, Seoul, Kowloon Station & Masterplan in Hong Kong.
Terry has won many awards and was presented with an OBE in 1978, a CBE
for services to architecture in 1996 and was knighted in 2001.
Thursday 9th March: Earth
Lyn Fenton - Ancoats Urban Village Company
Lyn Fenton has been involved in several major regeneration projects,
including the White Cross area of Lancaster, Hulme City Challenge, Manchester's
second bid to host the 2000 Olympics and most recently the regeneration
of Ancoats Urban Village and the New Islington Millennium Community,
both within the New East Manchester URC.
Throughout her career, Lyn has concentrated on bringing failed / failing
areas back into beneficial use with an emphasis on mixed use development.
Her approach to sustainability has been driven by the desire to secure
lasting regeneration through the creation of places where people are
happy to live, work and play - mixed use - quality design and public
realm for people.
In a voluntary capacity she has been a founder member of two local housing
associations (HAs) and she now sits on the main board of the Regenda
Housing Group, comprising five HAs from the North West.
Mönninghoff - Deputy Chief Executive, City of Hanover
is Head of the City of Hannover and combined Directorate of Economic
and Environmental Affairs.
Hans has overseen an ambitious project in the South East of the city:
the new urban district of Hannover Kronsberg, setting visionary standards
in urban construction, social and ecological planning, landscape design
and transport concepts.
The City of Hannover is demonstrating large-scale practical sustainability
in a living district that is both ecologically sound and economically
Supported by a quality assurance and skilling & qualification programme,
an energy-efficient district has been constructed with low energy methods
in all buildings, district heating from decentral cogeneration plants
and an electricity-saving programme. The aim is to reduce CO2
emissions by up to 60% compared to conventional new developments.
Lowe - University College London
is a physicist with a broad interest in the field of buildings, energy
and sustainability. Until last month he was Head of the Buildings and
Sustainability Group at Leeds Metropolitan University where he directed
numerous laboratory, field and desk studies relating to climate change
and the energy and environmental performance of housing. These included
the Stamford Brook project (funded by DTI, National Trust and the construction
industry), which is trialling an enhanced energy performance standard
for new housing.
He is a member of the FMNectar Consortium which is supporting the ODPM
in the development of UK building performance standards. At the beginning
of this month he joined The Bartlett School of Graduate Studies at University
College London, as Professor of Energy and Building Science.
Head - Arup
Director of engineers Arup is a champion for sustainable
development. A civil and structural engineer, Peter has become a recognised
world leader in major bridges, advanced composite technology, consulting
engineering management and now in sustainable development in cities.
Peter heads the planning and integrated urbanism team at Arup and in
2002 was appointed by the Mayor of London as an independent Commissioner
on the London Sustainable Development Commission. Peter is also project
director for the planning and development of the Dongtan Eco-city on
Chonming Island in Shanghai for the client Shanghai Industrial Investment
Thursday 16th March: Fire
Chair: Irena Bauman - Bauman
Irena Bauman is Director of award-winning
Bauman Lyon, which believes that most important principle of long term,
sustainable architecture lies in harnessing best practice from international
and national experience and combining it with the understanding of the
The practice is committed to working with and contributing to the local
community, and social and environmental sustainability.
Martin - Renewable Fuels
joined Renewable Fuels Ltd in May 2004 as Commercial Manager challenged
with the task of developing the Biomass markets in the UK.
The companys goal is to become the leading supplier of quality
biomass fuels throughout the UK for both power stations and smaller
Graduating with an honours degree in Geography and Economics, Stephen
pursued a career in a variety of commercial and logistical roles. He
transferred from distribution activities to managing a company manufacturing
bespoke pipe-work solutions to the water utilities. These acquired skills
were then transferred to the gas industry being responsible for
all commercial and logistical activities of a pipes and fittings manufacturing
Wigglesworth - Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
heads award-winning architecture practice, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects.
Dedicated to pursuing excellence and integrity in design and service,
Sarah has been instrumental in designing many buildings ranging in size
from £20,000 to £8 million. The practices portfolio
includes masterplanning, cultural buildings, offices, private &
social housing and structures for education, arts and sport.
Sarah is passionate about low energy and sustainable communities and
making buildings that inventively use readily-available materials.
The practice has developed a reputation for buildings combining spatial
innovation with sensuous material expression. The best known demonstration
of this approach is the award-winning Straw Bale House and Quilted Office
in north London which has won several awards including the Civic Trust
Award (2002), an RIBA Award and the RIBAs prestigious Sustainability
Award, both in 2004.
Hodson - Hodson Architects
Mark Hodson heads Hodson Architects, which aims to provide sustainable
solutions considering space, material and light. The approach adopted
by the practice provides poetic solutions through detailed pragmatic
study. Emphasis is placed on successfully reconciling the demands of
brief, site, context and sustainability issues. The practice is noted
for its economic methods of construction and diverse but appropriate
use of materials. This is evidenced in the RIBA and Civic Trust Award
winning schemes at Grimsby College Common Room, Image 2000 Media Studios
and The Ecology Building Society Headquarters. Projects range from private
residences, a retail and residential development on an important waterfront
site in Grimsby, several social housing schemes including a small eco-village
in rural Lincolnshire and a new fine art and photographic facility for
a local Sixth Form College.
Garaicoa - Cuban Artist
Carlos Garaicoa is one of Cubas leading contemporary artists.
He explores the fabric of built environments through installations,
photographs, drawings and film. He documents the actual, describes the
melancholic memory of the lost and creates visionary possibilities for
the future. In practice and in their inspiration the artworks reveal
his awareness of the complex paradoxes that define humanity, particularly
the contradictory impulses that fuel creation and destruction.
The artists first and main source of inspiration is Havana, his
birthplace and home and his work has featured in the 2003 Havana Biennale,
the 2004 Sao Paolo Biennale and in 2005 at the Venice Biennale, Moscow
Biennale and ARCO, Madrid.
Thursday 23rd March: Water
Allen Tod Architecture
Chair: Maud Marshall - Bradford
is a town planner by profession with over 20 years experience in urban
regeneration and housing. Before taking up the post of Chief Executive
with Bradford Centre Regeneration, Maud was Director of Investment and
Performance at Communities Scotland, the national regeneration agency.
She previously held several senior posts both in corporate HQ and the
field with Scottish Homes, the former housing NDPB. Her early career
was focussed on leading two of Glasgows community-based housing
As a former member of the Scottish Arts Council, Maud chaired the Lottery
Committee responsible for approving funding for some of Scotlands
most outstanding arts buildings. She is past Chairperson of The Lighthouse,
Scotlands Centre for Architecture, Design and the City. Maud is
a keen telemarker, and an ardent Francophile.
Ullman - Tidal Electric
Peter Ullman is the named inventor on UK Patents and is responsible
for all aspects of Tidal Electric's development. Peters professional
background includes business activities in project development (commercial
and residential real estate construction) and retail product development.
He has designed and built dozens of mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic
Peter notes that as the global climate becomes increasingly unruly,
adaptation to change is increasingly urgent. Changes in our habitat
are coming at us in many styles: gradually (melting of polar ice caps
and glaciers), insidiously (Gulf Stream reconfiguration), catastrophically
(violent hurricanes and other weather events).
Bickers - Arup
Richard Bickers is a chartered Civil Engineer and Associate at
Arup and has been leading studies to identify how the water elements
proposed in the Bradford Centre Regeneration Masterplan can be implemented
within the city centre.
Richard specialises in regeneration and works in multidisciplinary teams
with architects, developers, planners, agents and other professionals
to masterplan and subsequently implement such schemes. He is particularly
interested in how this skills mix can develop innovative yet practical
solutions for developments, which can achieve their objectives for environmental,
social and financial sustainability.
Richards work at Arup has encompassed a wide range of projects
including masterplanning large mixed use developments, business parks,
designing transport interchanges, site infrastructure and landscaping
schemes. He has worked with leading architects and public and private
sector clients in the UK, Europe and further a field.
Russell - Alsop Architects
Alsop was appointed by Bradford Centre Regeneration to prepare
a masterplan for Bradford City Centre. The Bradford Centre Regeneration
Masterplan was completed at the end of 2003.
A compelling theme throughout Arups initial conversations was
that Bradford is hidden. Shaun believes that this could be applied
for example to its location, to its topography, to its legacy of historic
buildings, to its diverse communities but most literally to its buried
Alsop was also appointed by Bradford Centre Regeneration to develop
the Bowl Neighbourhood Development Framework. As the central Neighbourhood
Development Framework - from which the three others radiate - the Bowl
becomes Bradfords showcase, the foyer to the new and old city:
to generate participation and spectating, meeting and relaxing, the
gathering place for Bradfordians to celebrate their new landscape.
Biewenga - West 8
is a partner and senior designer at West 8. Honoured for his outstanding
organisational qualities, he has led international design teams and
worked on large-scale urban designs, often related to shores and water.
West 8s goal is to incorporate awareness of ecology, infrastructure,
weather conditions, building programs and people in a playful, optimistic
manner stimulating the desire to conquer and take possession of a space.
Martin has held teaching positions at schools and universities such
as the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Planning Rotterdam
and Amsterdam the Netherlands, Oxford Brooks University and the Royal
Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen. As a well respected speaker he has
recently given lectured at the Tokyo University, the University of Mexico
City and Oxford, UK.