About the Speakers
Thursday 1 March 2007: "Culturing Change"
Allen Tod Architecture
Professor Jeremy Till - Sheffield University
Jeremy Till is an architect and educator. He is widely seen as a leading figure in the contemporary debate about the built environment and lectures worldwide on architecture and education. He is Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield where he has established an internationally leading reputation in educational theory and practice. His written work includes the recent book Architecture and Participation and forthcoming Architecture Depends (MIT Press) . As an architect, he is a Director in Sarah Wigglesworth Architects best known for their pioneering building, 9 Stock Orchard Street (The Straw House and Quilted Office), which has received extensive international acclaim and multiple awards. In 2006 he was appointed to represent Britain at the Venice Architecture Biennale.
Irena Bauman - Bauman Lyons Architects
Irena Bauman has been concerned with the mitigation and adoption to Climate Change since conception of her practice in 1992. BLA now have a record of leading the field on this subject.
In 2003 Bauman Lyons won a third place in a major international competition, An Energy Revolution, for a mixed-use scheme in Manchester .
Recently, BLA have been selected as one of 5 international firms of architects to participate in a competition to design neighborhoods for the future on a 34 hectare site, in Copenhagen , owned by Carlsberg, pitching against West 8, Enric Miralles and Behnisch Architekten.
Her practice won a developer/architect competition with ISIS to design a carbon neutral scheme on Tower Works in Holbeck, Leeds against a strong shortlist of Allies Morrison and MAKE.
BLA are also working on a book ‘How to be a Happy Architect' in which they explore the changing world of architectural practice. The book will be published in summer 2007.
Nicolas Brown - Architecture 2B
Nick Brown has lived in Leeds for nearly 20 years. A product of Leeds School of Architecture (where he now tutors) Nick gained valuable experience with the likes of Carey Jones and Aedas before setting up architecture 2B with Darren Bailey in 2003.
Architecture 2B is now 12 strong having quickly established a reputation for their wealth of ideas and quality of design.
Nick's main role within the company is to influence, challenge, question, encourage and support the design stages of each project, and the talented team that exists within architecture 2B makes this role quite easy.
A desire to see things continually move forward manifests itself through the development of prototypes, such as low energy office buildings, sustainable and contemporary housing. This, in conjunction with office trips to Berlin , Vienna and Stockholm , keeps the imagination fueled and gives the ability to both challenge and avoid the status quo.
Ken Dunn - The City School, Sheffield
Voted Teacher of the year by the Royal Geographical Society in 2005 and in Dec 2006 was voted Best Schools worker in Sheffield . He describes himself as an explorer, georgrapher and tree hugger.
Ken has presented to and advised the Government at the DTI about renewable energy in Schools. In July he gave the key presentation at the Government's Sustainable Schools Strategy Launch in Leeds .
He won the Observer Photographer Competition of the Year in 1999. His prize was a life-changing trip to Africa when he first visited the country Iesotho and Malealea. He now runs a tree-tagging scheme to combat soil erosion and provide fuel wood for the area and in June 03 took 16 school children from Royston, Barnsley to build wind turbines and install solar panels there.
His plans for the City School in Sheffield include making The City School self - sufficient in energy produced on site from a wide range of renewable technologies which will have a zero carbon footprint. A feasibility study has been completed in conjunction with Sheffield University.
He is piloting for Learning Through Landscapes and the DfES The School Grounds of the Future GIS Pilot. The City School Sheffield is one of three secondary schools to be piloting Geographical Information Systems.
Terry Hodgkinson - Yorkshire Forward
Terry Hodgkinson is Chair of Yorkshire Forward's Board. In this key leadership role he is responsible for the continuous refreshing, updating and promotion of the Regional Economic Strategy which has a direct influence on the region's £75.2 billion economy. Ultimately accountable for Yorkshire Forward's performance and output targets, Terry reports directly to senior Government Ministers and provides the key interface with Yorkshire Forward's stakeholders. He leads on a number of national issues on behalf of all Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) including maintaining relationships with the Treasury, CBI and TUC.
Terry is passionate about good design and architecture and is a keen supporter of the arts and built environment. He brings more than 30 years' business experience to the Chair's post and has been involved with many property and building related businesses within the region. He is currently chair of Magna Holdings Ltd., a property development and investment company where he is particularly involved in developing brownfield sites, redundant and historic buildings and work in conservation areas.
Terry is committed to professional and personal development. He believes that continuous learning is critical to success in a fast-changing world.
He is a Chartered Director of the Institute of Directors and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Building. .
Thursday 8 March 2007: "Culturing Community"
Marcus Wilshere - Urban Initiatives
Marcus is an architect and urban designer with 20 years' experience in a range of building and planning projects. He has expertise in a variety of sectors, including commercial developments, arts and heritage-based projects and housing design. Past projects include major estate-based studies involving extensive community participation-for clients including the LDDC, Lambeth Council and various housing associations, and a series of Urban Design Frameworks in Dublin and Cork . Marcus was commissioned by English Heritage for a conservation-led regeneration strategy for King's Cross (now the Regent's Quarter) and led a series of masterplan and regeneration initiatives including North East Lincolnshire and Ashford Town Centre. He has also worked extensively with volume house-builders including Taylor Woodrow, Fairview and Barratt on large scale and mixed-use development projects for complex sites and sustainable urban extensions.
Marcus is a past Chair of the Urban Design Alliance (UDAL) and Vice Chair of the RIBA's Urbanism Panel. He regularly lectures on urban design. Marcus is a member of the Enabling Panel of the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE).
Tom Common - Go Sheffield
Tom Common is one of the minds behind GO Sheffield , a fanzine to celebrate the city, its potential and its ability to stand out from the crowd.
The Go team has produced an alternative strategy for Sheffield , called Open Your Eyes, highlighting ways in which the city could build on its differences to become a green, creative, famous city. The team is also working with Channel 4's Big Art Project to turn the disused cooling towers on the edge of our city into new symbols of what our city means today.
GO is about regeneration with a purpose, making quality places.
Bernie Hare - flatlands
Born in East End Park , Leeds , Bernie Hare spent time as a social worker, car mechanic, van driver, fleet manager, foster parent and removal man, before becoming a freelance writer and editor in 1997.
He is actively involved in the community and has worked alongside local youth groups, care services, and with the unemployed.
In 2004 he ran a creative writing class on his estate, through which he founded eventually led to the formation of the Flatlands Community Arts Group, which aims to foster and promote the arts in an impoverished area.
Yvonne Dean-Erskine Corporation
Having worked within both local authorities and the national arts funding infrastructure, Yvonne has been instrumental in developing arts and cultural policy at a local, regional and national level. She is fully versed in the operational issues for a wide range of arts, cultural and community organisations. Through her fundraising strategies and implementation she has secured substantial private sector, charitable, European and Lottery funding for many projects.
Yvonne gained several years experience of trans-national and collaborative working on European R&D programmes through her work as Chief Executive of Axis - the national Visual Arts Information Service - which she established in 1991, pioneering the use of multimedia over broadband.
She now applies her considerable project management experience to the delivery of built environment programmes working with award winning architects such as Studio Egret West, Bauman Lyons Architects and Groundworks Architects LLP.
Wednesday 14 March 2007: "Culturing Creativity"
Sponsor: Arts Council England
Adrian Friedli - Arts Council for England
As Director of Visual Arts and Literature for Arts Council England, Yorkshire, Adrian oversees a number of significant public realm initiatives - The Castleford Project, Northern Way Public Art Programme, Architecture Week 2007 - where art and artists are supported to engage and interact with the built and natural environment. He joined Arts Council in 1994 to lead its investment into the Year of Photography and the Electronic Image, a year-long festival across Yorkshire in 1998, and was the Arts Council's first Multimedia Officer.
Trained as an artist - currently resting! - Adrian was a founder Director of Hooligan Dance commissioned by Channel 4 to produce a fictional pop video shot partly at Leeds Carnival, and has a background in creative industries research and trade union communications.
Ülar Mark - Urban Mark and Joint Space, Estonia
Ülar Mark (b.1968) is founder of Urban Mark Architectural Office. Since 2006 chairman of the Union of Estonian Architects. He is also a member of advisory committee for Architectural Policy of Central Government of Estonia. He is a lecturer in the Department of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Estonian Academy of Arts since 1999. Focusing studies on how the design and use of the city are changing as digital media and other telecommunications capabilities permeate everyday life and alter the fabric of our communities. His work and writings have been published in Tourism Management, Futures and Estonian Architectural Review Maja.
Kayvan Karimi - Space Syntax
Dr. Kayvan Karimi is an architect and urban designer with more than fifteen years of experience in architecture and urban design. He earned his PhD on architectural and urban morphology (1993-98) from University College London (UCL). During his doctoral studies he joined Space Syntax, where he is now a director.
He has continued his research and lecturing activities in parallel to his main role in leading consultancy projects. Kayvan's project experience includes a wide range of architectural and urban projects in the UK and abroad, including strategic design, masterplanning, regeneration and conservation projects.
Hans Peter Kuhn - Berlin based artist
Hans Peter Kuhn (D), artist and composer works with various media and is best known for his sometimes huge light and sound installations as well as for his music and sound environments for theatre and dance. His installations are shown in many international Galleries, Museums and public spaces as The Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Centre Pompidou Paris, Neue Nationalgalerie Berlin, Seattle Art Museum and many others. At the 1993 Biennale in Venice he received - together with Robert Wilson - the Golden Lion Award for the installation „Memory Loss“. His theatre work includes collaborations with directors like Luc Bondy, Peter Stein, Claus Peymann, Peter Zadek and others and explicitely a 20 year long collaboration with Robert Wilson. Since 1989 he frequently composed music for dancers Sasha Waltz, Laurie Booth,Junko Wada, Dana Reitz, Suzushi Hanayagi. For his music for dance he was awarded with the Bessie Award New York and the Suzukinu Hanayagi Award, Osaka. His performances around aspects of hearing and listening are travelling worldwide.
Thursday 22 March 2007: "Culturing Climate"
Sponsor: Buro Happold
Steve Maslen - Maslen Environmental
In 1988 Steve established his own landscape practice which has grown and evolved over the years into Maslen Environmental Ltd. The practice, as well as undertaking landscape planning and design, undertakes environmental impact assessment work and has involved Steve providing evidence on both landscape impacts and agricultural impacts for government agencies and commercial clients.
Steve is chair of the Landscape Institute Accreditation Review Group for the landscape courses run at Leeds Metropolitan University.
Louisa Hutton - Sauerbruch Hutton Architects
Louisa Hutton is a director of Sauerbruch Hutton, which she founded in 1989 with Matthias Sauerbruch in London. The practice and its work has become internationally recognised for its engagement with issues of sustainability in architecture and urbanism.
Sauerbruch Hutton's projects have been awarded a number of national and international prizes - amongst them six RIBA and two AIA awards.
Louisa taught at the Architectural Association in the late eighties. In 2003 she was appointed to be a Commissioner for CABE , UK 's Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment. Louisa is a Guest Lecturer at many Universities nationally and internationally.
Works include the GSW Headquarters in Berlin , an exemplar of energy efficient buildings, the forthcoming Museum for the Brandhorst Collection in Munich and The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney .
Andy Goldring - Permaculture Association
Andy Goldring is a reformed fine-art sculpture student who discovered permaculture in 1992. He is now Chief Executive of the Permaculture Association ( Britain ) and lives in Leeds with his family, where he is retrofitting his victorian terraced house to meet the highest ecological standards. He is an allotment holder, active member of Leeds Permaculture Network, a director of Oblong Resource Centre and treasurer of Chapeltown Community Centre Action Group.
After training at Bradford University , Andy went on to work with the Leeds based Human Scale Development Initiative which brought together a range of tools to enhance personal, social and environmental sustainability. Andy has been teaching permaculture and designing gardens, projects, smallholdings and school grounds since 1995, the year he became a trustee of the Permaculture Association. In 1999 he was asked to take over the day to day management of the organization and was made development coordinator. In 2000 he led a team of 35 writers, and edited and wrote for the highly acclaimed Permaculture Teachers Guide which was funded by WWF-UK and is now used worldwide. Current projects include: developing a DEFRA funded neighbourhood toolkit for sustainability, in partnership with the Community Composting Network, Garden Organic, Federation of City Farms and the Women's Environmental Network; upgrading the Diploma in Applied Permaculture Design; supporting the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador, as part of a Big Lottery Fund programme; and designing a major expansion plan for permaculture in Britain, after successful work to secure significant funding for a national sustainability consortium.
In 2004 Andy taught with David Holmgren, co-founder of the permaculture concept, and was able to benefit from a months conversation and exploration of the theory and application of permaculture with some of it's most accomplished practitioners at the international convergence held in Croatia . Andy is a member of the organizing team for this year's international conference which will be held in Brazil.
Tim Lang - City University, London
Tim Lang is Professor of Food Policy at City University , London . He is interested in whether and how policy affects the shape of the food supply chain, what people eat and the societal, health, and environmental outcomes.
He is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health, and was chair of Sustain, the UK NGO alliance (1999-2005). Since 1999 he has been a Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health.
He is a frequent advisor / consultant to the World Health Organisation. He has been a special advisor to four House of Commons Select Committee inquiries, most recently to the 2003-04 Health Committee Inquiry into Obesity. In June 2006, he was appointed Natural Resources, Agriculture and Rural Commissioner on the Sustainable Development Commission.
Professor Tony Allan - SOAS and Kings College, London
Tony was Professor of Geography at SOAS for many years. With a base in environmental science, he is an internationally esteemed expert in water resources and the political economy of water policy and its reform, whose most recent book (2001) is The Middle East Water Question: Hydro-politics and the Global Economy. While now retired from teaching, he continues to be an active researcher and supervisor of research students in the framework of the SOAS-King's College Water Research Group which he founded.