On the programme this week we speak to Chris Wilkinson and Jim Eyre, directors of WilkinsonEyre.
Chris founded Chris Wilkinson Architects in 1983 with Jim joining the practice – now WilkinsonEyre – in 1987. The practice now employs more than 200 people in London, Hong Kong and Sydney.
Chris originally studied architecture at the Regent Street Polytechnic – now part of the University of Westminster – before working for Denys Lasdun, Norman Foster, Michael Hopkins and Richard Rogers, before starting his own practice.
Jim studied at Liverpool University and at the Architectural Association before working at Hopkins Architects where the two met.
The practice has won numerous awards, including the RIBA Stirling Prize – two years running – in 2001 for the Magna Centre in Rotherham; and in 2002 for the Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
They won the RIBA’s International Lubetkin award for the Guangzhou International Finance Centre in China and continue to gain a significant amount of work from overseas.
The practice is currently on site overseeing the plans for the renovation of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott’s iconic Battersea Powers Station in London.
The London Festival of Architecture is now – by some margin – the world’s largest annual architecture festival – taking place each year throughout the month of June. This year we held over 530 separate events: including talks, architectural installations, exhibitions, film screenings, tours, Open Studios, debates, architectural bake offs and much, much more. All this helped the festival engage an audience of well over 600,000 people.
Our theme for this year’s festival was ‘identity’. The theme was picked up by many event organisers and allowed us to explore a range of cultural and political issues that relate both to our city and to architecture more broadly.
In this week’s podcast we announce the theme for the 2019 London Festival of Architecture. We’re also joined by Tamsie Thomson, Director of the LFA, who talks us through plans for next year’s festival. Listen now
On the programme this week we speak to Francesco Stassi and Alice Tasca, principals of Active Social Architecture in Kigali.
This week’s programme was recorded in Rwanda as part of a series of episodes we’re bringing you from East Africa to explore identity and architecture. Identity is the theme of this year’s London Festival of Architecture.
Active Social Architecture – or ASA studio was founded in 2012 by Nerea Amòros Elorduy and Tomà Berlanda following their extensive work on projects for PLAN INTERNATIONAL and UNICEF, but when the two moved on the firm was taken on by Francesco and Alice along with Zeno Riondato. Together they now lead the firm’s work on a range of projects from healthcare to schools and education facilities.
Alongside the practice Alice continues to teach at the Department of Architecture at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, now part of the University of Rwanda. The University of Rwanda is still the only architecture school in the country.
This week’s episode was recorded in Nairobi as part of a series of episodes we’re bringing you from East Africa to explore identity and architecture. Identity is the theme of this year’s London Festival of Architecture.
Tom originally studied architecture at the University of Nairobi before working for Richard Hughes and Partners in Nairobi. He subsequently left Nairobi to take his Masters Degree at the Helsinki University of Technology – now Alvar Aalto University – then going on to complete his PhD in Olso.
He now leads the University of Nairobi’s school of Architecture, the oldest of just four universities teaching architecture in Kenya, where he’s taught for over 30 years. Listen now
On the programme this week we speak to James Mitchell and Carolina Larrazabal from Orkid Studio in Nairobi.
This week’s episode was recorded in Nairobi as part of a series of programmes we’re bringing you from East Africa to explore identity and architecture. Identity is the theme of this year’s LFA.
Orkid Studio was founded in 2008 by James Mitchel and Julissa Kiyenje in Cardiff where the pair studied. James was just 19 at the time. Their aim was to establish a practice interested in providing architectural services to a wider section of society.
Much of their early work was conducted during holidays and time away from study and teaching – where James taught at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. The practice made the decision relocated the practice from Glasgow to Nairobi in 2016 . The practice has gone on to win much praise from across the profession.
In this week’s episode we speak to Theophile Uwayezu, architect and associate at MASS Design Group in Kigali, Rwanda.
This week’s episode was recorded in Kigali as part of a series of episodes we’re bring you from East Africa, exploring identity and architecture. Identity is the theme of this year’s LFA.
MASS Design Group was established in Massachusetts in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organisation.
In the words of the practices “Architecture is never neutral. It either heals or hurts.” MASS say that their “mission is to research, build, and advocate for architecture that promotes justice and human dignity.”
MASS Design Group began in 2008 as an idea for a different way of practice by a group of students at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
The practice’s first project in Rwanda was to design and build the Butaro District Hospital in partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Health and the NGO Partners In Health.
The practice went on to open an office in Kigali where it’s now one of the largest firms in the country.
Theophile studied architecture at the University of Rwanda – the country’s only architecture school – where some of MASS Design Group’s partners still teach.
For this week’s episode we talking to Adrian Jankowiak and Julita Bhagat, Co-Directors of Nairobi Design Week – an organisation with a mission close to our own hearts, promoting design – in all its disciplines – to a wide public audience.
This episode was recorded in Nairobi, the first in a series of episodes we’re bringing you from East Africa to explore identity and architecture. Identity is the theme of this year’s London Festival of Architecture.
Originally from Poland, Adrian studied Industrial Design at Loughborough University before going on to work for as an industrian designer for various multinationals. He worked in many developing countries before going to Kenya.
Kenyan national Julita meanwhile is currently studying Human Centred Design at the Nairobi Design Institute.
This episode was recorded in Addis Ababa as part of a series of episodes we’re bringing you from East Africa to explore identity and architecture. Identity is the theme of this year’s London Festival of Architecture.
Meskerem studied architecture and town planning at the Addis Ababa University School of architecture where she graduated as an architect in 1993. After graduation Meskerem initially worked as an architect on the expansion of the country’s University sector. In 2008 she established her own practice, Meskerem Tamiru Consulting Architects which now specialises in project management.
The Association of Ethiopian Architects was founded in 1991 and now has close to 2000 members.
Meskerem was elected in August 2017 at the organisation’s General Assembly to serve a three-year term. The association has a small staff based in Addis Ababa.
On the programme this week we speak to the architects Kabage Karanje and Stella Mutegi, two of the three founding directors of Cave Bureau in Nairobi.
This episode was recorded in Nairobi as part of a series of episodes we’re bringing you from East Africa to explore identity and architecture. Identity is the theme of this year’s London Festival of Architecture.
Kabage was born in Nairobi and later studied in the UK in Loughborough, in Brighton then at the University of Westminster. He subsequently spent six years working for 3D Reid in London before returning to Nairobi where he worked for a number of practices before going on co-founding Cave.
Stella studied architecture at the University of Newcastle, near Sydney in Australia before returning to Kenya where she worked for a number of practices before ending up working in the same firm at Kagabe – some years later they were both made redundant which spurred their founding of Cave.
The practice they founded, with long-time friend Balmoi Abe in 2014 and draws much of its reference from the cave – mankind’s earliest architectural environment. Much of their work too references region’s status as the cradle of humanity.
The city, they say, like the caves are dynamic and complex, both having changed over time, albeit with varying geological time times.
The name Cave Bureau – harks back to man’s fundamental need for shelter, which perhaps explains much of the firms work in places like Kibera, Nairobi’s largest informal settlement – or slum – where they’re currently working on a
Cave Burea’s beautiful office/art gallery, which they call The Cave, is in the Kilimani neighbourhood, just west of downtown.