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Ian Tod on 07595 691895 or riba.yorkshire@inst.riba.org

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Week Three:  March 22 2012 6pm to 8.15 pm

Opening Words: John Orrell, Director of DLA Design and Chair of RIBA Yorkshire Regional Council

CHAIR: Elizabeth Heaps

Elizabeth is the Pro-Vice-Chancellor Estates and Strategic Projects at the University of York. Elizabeth is responsible for all the strategic development of the whole of the University of York's estate, which includes the original Heslington West campus, the King's Manor in the city centre and the recent £750 million Heslington East campus expansion. Elizabeth was presented with the “Client of the Year Awards” at the 2011 RIBA Northern Network Awards for her work on the project.

Outside the University Elizabeth is a member of the HEFCE Design Quality Forum, and is a Merchant Adventurer.


John Thorp has worked for Leeds City Council in several architectural roles for over 39 years. He has been Civic Architect for Leeds City Council since 1996 – a role which has included the creation and delivery of a renaissance framework for the evolution of the city and the enabling of high quality design.

The Civic Architect’s role has included contributions to the search for new approaches to the collective re-shaping of the city which, in common with others, faces the challenges of transition from a post-industrial condition to the era of sustainability.

John is a member of the 2012 CABE / DfL Olympic Games Design Review Panel and of the CABE Olympic Legacy Design Review Panel. He was a member of the national CABE Design Review Panel for 5 years and a CABE ‘Inspirer’ for schools.

He is a member of the Leeds Architecture and Design Initiative and ‘Concourse’ (Architecture Centres Network) - bodies which champion and promote inter-sector and inter-disciplinary working in art, architecture, landscape and public space.

John was awarded the M.B.E. for services to architecture in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list, 2005.

SPEAKER TWO: Richard Scott, Surface Architects

Richard was born and brought up in Hull.

He graduated in Architecture from the University of Westminster in 1990 and received his Diploma with distinction from The Bartlett (UCL) and SCI-Arc (Los Angeles) in 1993.

Whilst working for Will Alsop, Richard formed Surface in 1996, with philosopher Jeremy Weate and architect Kristen Whittle, winning the Shinkenchiku-Sha Residential Design Award in Japan in that year. At this time Richard and Jeremy taught History & Theory at the Bartlett and the Architecture Association.

Whilst continuing as Director of Surface Architects, Richard has become involved in a number of initiatives in Hull. Having won the Fruit Market Regeneration project in 2007, Richard is now the Design Champion for Hull BSF (Building Schools for the Future) program with Esteem / HCC. He is also an active member of the Arc Design Review Panel in Hull. The Surface_Hull studio opened in 2011.

As well as being a keen promoter of Hull, Richard has a reputation for exploiting links between music, philosophy and architecture.

SPEAKER THREE: Simon Green, Sheffield City Council

Simon Green is the Executive Director, Place and a member of Sheffield City Council’s Executive Management Team. Simon’s career has taken him across the world, including to the USA where he was Business Development Manager in the attraction and retention of businesses for the Yorkshire and Humber Region. He joined Sheffield City Council in August 2009 after spending 3½ years at Nottingham City Council as Director of Sustainable Development, where he had corporate responsibility for economic policy and development, climate change and the sustainability agenda.

Previous to this, Simon worked for a number of organisations in the Yorkshire and Humber Region primarily focusing on Economic Development. His responsibility as Executive Director, Place will include planning, transport and environmental issues with an emphasis on creating places across Sheffield which residents, businesses and visitors value and want to live in.

SPEAKER FOUR: Andrew Matthews, Proctor and Matthews

Stephen Proctor and Andrew Matthews established their London based studio in 1988 having worked and taught together since 1979.

Andrew Matthews trained at Sheffield and Cambridge Universities. He joined Stephen as a lecturer at Sheffield University in 1988 and was made a senior lecturer at Brighton University in 1992 combining teaching and practice until 1999. Andrew has acted as an external examiner to Greenwich University, University College for the Creative Arts in Canterbury, and is currently an external examiner at Sheffield University. He is a member of the East of England Housing Quality Action Group and has contributed to the RIBA’s annual Guerrilla Tactics practice conference. In recent years Andrew has acted as a visiting critic and lectured at the AA, London Metropolitan University, Oxford Brookes and Sheffield University. This year he was a member of the M Arch course validation panel at the Arts University College at Bournemouth.

Elizabeth Heaps

John Thorp

Richard Scott

Simon Green

Andrew Matthews

John Orrell