For more details contact:

Ian Tod on 07595 691895 or Cathy Poole at us@waterandwine.co.uk or 07969 805645

Web by: Calls Architecture
4x4
Nature - Thursday 25th March, 6pm

Nature as a place distinct from human society hardly exists. This fourth week will look at nature and place at large and small scales, at how resilient biodiversity can be created, and at nature as an inspiration for designing buildings, products and systems.  

Leslie Silver Building
Leeds Metropolitan University
Woodhouse Lane
Leeds, LS1 8HE

(Curved Glass Entrance) - CLICK TO VIEW MAP

Chair

Peter Murray - Chairman, Wordsearch

Speakers

1 - Glen Howells - Glen Howells Architects

2 - Alan Simson - Leeds Metropolitan University

3 - Johanna Mawson - Leeds City Council

4 - Richard Bickers - Arup

Week 4

About the speakers in week 4:

Chair

Peter Murray - Chairman, Wordsearch

Peter Murray Hon FRIBA FRSA trained as an architect but has spent his career in the communication of architecture. He was formerly Technical Editor of Architectural Design, Editor of Building Design and Editor of the RIBA Journal. He started Blueprint magazine before setting up Wordsearch which is now the world leader on branding and communications for architecture and real estate working on projects around the world including Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, the International Commercial Centre in Hong Kong, the Shanghai Tower and World Trade Center in New York. He currently divides his time between Wordsearch, NLA - London's Centre for the Built Environment and the London Festival of Architecture. He is author of a number of books including Modern British Architecture since 1945, Architecture and Commerce and The Saga of Sydney Opera House. He is editor of www.pidgeondigital.com an on line archive of interviews with architects, editor in chief of New London Architecture Quarterly, Honorary Secretary of the The Bedford Park Society and of The Architecture Club.

Speakers

1 - Glen Howells - Glen Howells Architects

Glenn Howells is the founding director of Glenn Howells Architects and established the practice in 1990. Glenn has led the practice to win numerous major design competitions and awards for a diverse range of building types including residential, commercial, urban regeneration, education and arts projects.

Glenn is on the Design Review Panel for the Commission for the Built Environment (CABE) LOCOG Design Review Panel (The London Organising Committee of Olympic Games). He is Chair of MADE and also Chair of the
IKON Gallery in Birmingham and advises Birmingham City Council and Warwick University. Glenn is also an Ambassador for the West Midlands and an ambassador for the Birmingham UK City of Culture.

In the academic field, Glenn is a visiting Professor at Nottingham Trent University and is currently an external examiner at Sheffield Hallam University. He was previously an external examiner at the University of Nottingham and Queen's University, Belfast.

2 - Alan Simson - Leeds Metropolitan University

Alan Simson is a chartered landscape architect and urban forester.  He has gained extensive professional experience in the UK New Towns, private practice and higher education. Currently, he is a Reader in Landscape Architecture + Urban Forestry at Leeds Metropolitan University, involved in research, teaching and consultancy on adaptive urbanism, urban forestry and green infrastructure. He has published widely, mostly in Europe.

He has led several European urban forestry research projects on behalf of the UK and is involved in a number of international and regional initiatives / activities, including being:

 ·     joint-coordinator of the European Forum on Urban Forestry,

·     lead UK member of ASEM (Asian-European Meeting on Urban Forestry),

·     Director of the White Rose Forest (a Leeds City Region green infrastructure / urban forestry initiative),

·     a director of Concourse, the Leeds Centre for Art, Architecture and Design,

·     a Member of the Quality Places + Spaces Sub-Committee of the Leeds Property Forum.

3 - Johanna Mawson - Leeds City Council

Johanna has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors, including four local authorities: Wakefield, Calderdale, Sheffield and now Leeds. A key interest is how the regeneration of green spaces and connected public realm infrastructure can contribute to developing great places and promote successful and sustainable communities.

Her initial insights into the benefits of environmental regeneration, working with communities and the importance of physically connecting places in a meaningful and attractive way developed from a number of posts including: establishing an interior design business;  working in landscape for Wakefield Council and where she was involved in the refurbishing Wakefield Town Hall and County Hall; managing the development of a new urban nature reserve for the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust; work involving an EU funded city environment network which helped her learn from good practice and develop ideas.

Johanna gained further experience as an environmental consultant for an ODPM environmental regeneration fund and as the manager of the Sheffield Parks and Countryside Regeneration Team.  In these roles she developed her interest in urban design, especially the linking of city green spaces and public realm and worked on the initial ideas, designs and funding mechanisms for the new city centre park, Sheaf Valley Park.

Her last position was with Calderdale Council as Project Manager for the Halifax Town Centre Masterplan, which evolved out her role as Piece Hall Area Renaissance Officer. The masterplan is an economic and spatial planning document that focuses on reconnecting the town whilst capturing the value of Halifax’s unique heritage with aims to create a healthy town.  

Her academic background is in environmental sciences, landscape design including an MSc in Environmental Sustainability, she has recently studied towards an MA in Urban Design.

4 - Richard Bickers - Arup

Richard Bickers is a Chartered Civil Engineer and Associate at Arup, leading their Civil Engineering and Regeneration group in the Yorkshire Region. 

Richard has a keen interest in development, regeneration and urban design. He works closely with developers, architects, developers, planners and public sector bodies to find solutions to complex and sometimes competing demands. He enthusiastically promotes teamwork and collaboration as means to develop innovative and practical solutions which can be built and which are sustainable in the long term. He has a developing interest in critical urban infrastructure and how we adapt our cities to meet the challenges of changing climate, economy and energy supply.

Richard's experience has been developed on many projects both in the UK and Europe and oversees ranging from large-scale urban masterplanning, development proposals, urban infrastructure and public realm projects, many of which have won prizes for design quality. Within the Yorkshire region, he is involved in large scale development projects in including Wellington Place, Leeds; York Central; Humber Quays, Hull; and the Bradford City Park.