Architecture Masters at Home – Episode 5 – Nick McKeogh & Peter Murray

For the fifth episode of Architecture Masters at Home, we’re joined by Peter Murray and Nick McKeogh.

Like many organisations trying to adapt to these challenging and quickly changing circumstances, at the LFA we’ve naturally been re-examining our core purpose and thinking about how we can continue to support the profession and the wider city.

The LFA was founded by Peter Murray in 2004, and New London Architecture co-founded in 2005 by Peter and Nick McKeogh.  Since those early days the NLA as supported the festival.  But more recently the two have more formally joined forces.   

For this episode we wanted to speak to Nick and Peter, about the early days of NLA and the festival, and what we and the wider profession can learn from the challenges of the past. 

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Architecture Masters at Home – Episode 4 – Will Hurst

In Episode 4 of Architecture Masters at Home we’re joined by the Managing Editor of the Architects’ Journal, Will Hurst.   Founded in 1895, the AJ remains the journal of record for the architecture profession in the UK. 

We talk about the role of a Managing Editor, about producing an entire issue from home, and balancing the resources of investigative journalism with running a profitable magazine.

And then we talk about Will’s investigative reporting into the Garden Bridge, as well as some of the AJ’s recent campaigns.

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Architecture Masters at Home – Episode 3 – Steven Harding

For the third episode of Architecture Masters at Home we’re joined by Steven Harding, founder of Goodfellow Communications. Goodfellow run the press and PR for the LFA, helping the festival and our partners reach new audiences, both during the festival and throughout the year.

Tamsie and Owen talk to Steven about the importance of good communications in architecture, starting your own business from your dining room table – and being back there. Listen Now

Architecture Masters at Home – Episode 2 – Tamsie Thomson & Owen Wainhouse

Tamsie Thomson

Welcome to the second episode of our new format podcast – Architecture Masters at Home.

In this episode LFA Director Tamsie Thomson and LFA Deputy Director Owen Wainhouse discuss this year’s festival theme of ‘power’ and how it relates to architecture – particularly in our new world of working from home.

Owen Wainhouse

Every year the London Festival of Architecture takes a different theme to inspire its vast programme of public events.   You can read more about our theme announcement here as well as a range of views on our theme in the LFA’s Views pages.

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Architecture Masters at Home – Episode 1

At home in Dulwich

From our homes to yours. Welcome to our new format festival podcast – ‘Architecture Masters at Home’.  Whilst we all get accustomed to working from home, we wanted to bring you some insight from the festival and our key partners as we look at how the wider architecture sector adapts to working in different ways – and spending much more time at home. 

This is the first in a series of shorter and much more frequent podcasts as we talk to architecture masters at home.

At home in Barking

For our first episode we’re joined by Director of the LFA, Tamsie Thomson, to talk about running festivals in a world where people have to stay at home. 

We talk about being nimble, supporting our profession and some of the exciting plans that our community have lined-up for the festival. 

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Paul Priestman, Co-Founder, PriestmanGoode – Episode 35

On the programme this week is the designer Paul Priestman.

Paul started his business designing the packaging for Boots’ Number 7 cosmetics.  Some 30 years later PriestmanGoode, the firm he started along with Nigel  Goode, has become the go-to firm responsible for designing many of the seats, aircraft cabins, carriages, berths, beds, hotel rooms and spaces we inhabit when we travel.

Paul Priestman. Image courtesy of the practice.

Paul studied Industrial Design in London, first at Central St Martins and later the Royal College of Art. On the back of a competition win, he started Paul Priestman Design, which later became Priestman Associates and then PriestmanGoode in 1989.

The firm became hugely influential in the travel sector, with their acclaimed work for much, if not most,  of the sector’s leading brands – from Virgin Atlantic to Air France; Austrian Railways to Transport for London; Accor Hotels to Yotel.

Many of PriestmanGoode’s projects including their speculative proposal for moving train platforms to their commissioned New Tube for London have helped propel them into the public consciousness.  PriestmanGoode’s latest exhibition Get Onboard: Reduce. Reuse. Rethink at London’s Design Museum (until 1st March 2020)  has reached a huge audience, helping us examine the waste that we generate when we travel and question how design can help us create more environmentally friendly products and processes for the travel industry.

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Patrik Schumacher, Principal, Zaha Hadid Architects – Episode 34

On the programme this week our guest is Patrik Schumacher, Principal of Zaha Hadid Architects.

When Patrik joined the practice in 1988, Zaha Hadid had just four other employees, based out of a couple of rooms in a converted Victorian school on Bowling Green Lane in Clerkenwell.

Patrik Schumacher. Image courtesy of the practice.

And the practice had no built work to its name, but Zaha was beginning to attract some public attention for her avant-garde designs, particularly following her inclusion in the Deconstructivist Architecture exhibition at MOMA in New York in 1988, along with now fellow household names Rem Koolhaus and Frank Ghery,

Patrick was born in West Germany and originally studied Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Bonn, where he was influenced heavily by the work of Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein.

It was later that he studied Architecture at the University of Stuttgart before continuing his studies at the Southbank Polytechnic (now London South Bank University) as part of an exchange programme.

After joining the practice Patrik quickly became one of Zaha’s most trusted confidants and friends, working on many of the practice’s major projects.   As the practice grew Patrik became increasingly influential as a senior partner and co-leader of the practice.

In London the practice’s work includes the Olympic Aquatics Centre in Stratford, The Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton (for which the firm won one of their two Stirling Prizes) and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery – but the vast majority of the firms work continues to come from overseas.

Zaha Hadid died in March 2016 leaving Patrik as Principal of the 400-plus person practice that still bears her name.

I joined Patrik in the practice’s offices in Clerkenwell, where he started some 30 years ago. We talked about politics, working long hours, having a thick skin, and the future of the practice.

We also talk about the benefits of writing and the process of quantifying the practice’s ideas and lending written words to the often oral arguments that went on at the time. And we talk about Patrick coining the term parametricism.

And then we talk about how teaching can help a practice rejuvenate and reinterpret its ideas.

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Deborah Saunt, Co-Founder, DSDHA – Episode 33

Our guest this week is Deborah Saunt, co-founder of the architecture practice DSDHA.

Deborah was born in Australia but moved as a child to the UK via a brief stint in Kenya.  It was in Scotland that she first studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art. She later studied via a scholarship at the University of Kansas in the USA, and then at Cambridge University back in the UK.

After graduating she worked for Mary Jane ‘MJ’ Long and Sir Colin (Sandy) Wilson on the final stages of the British Library in London,  before working for Tony Fretton Architects.

But in 1998 she went on to co-found her own practice, DSDHA along with David Hills.

Deborah Saunt. Image curtsey of the practice

The practice has gone on to win numerous awards including for the renovation of the Economist Plaza, originally designed by Alison and Peter Smithson, as well as Christ’s College, Vesta House and Covert House.  The practice has also gained a reputation for their work on urban design and public space particularly through their work on Tottenham Court Road and around the Royal Albert Hall.

Deborah completed her PhD thesis in 2013 as part of the Practice Research programme at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia.  And teaching remains a large part of her work, as she helped to co-found the London School of Architecture with the school’s first intake in 2015.

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Hattie Hartman, Sustainability Editor, Architects’ Journal

On the programme this week our guest is Hattie Hartman, Sustainability Editor at the Architects’ Journal. 

The Architects’ Journal was founded in 1895 as The Builder’s Journal and Architectural Record, before being taking its current name in 1919.  Some 100 years later the journal still remains one of the profession’s most respected and widely read publications.

Hattie Hartman. Image (c) Architects’ Journal

But our guest didn’t start out as a journalist. Hattie first studied Fine Arts and Architectural History at Harvard University and then went on to study Architecture and Urban Planning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

After graduating – and a crash course in Portuguese – she moved to Brasilia where she worked in the Department of Public Works. 

She later returned to the US and qualified as an architect whilst working at a small practice in Washington DC. 

In 1991 she moved to London and soon after started work at Hunt Thompson Associates, the practice that later formed HTA Design and John Thompson and Partners.

An opportunity to interview Oscar Niemeyer in Rio de Janeiro sparked an eventual career change to journalism.

In 2006, Hattie landed the job of Technical Editor for the Architects Journal, later going on to create the new post of Sustainability Editor – a position she’s now held for over ten years.

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Episode 31 – Piers Gough

Our guest this week is the architect Piers Gough CBE.  

Piers was born in Brighton in the south of England and in 1965 began his studies at the Architectural Association in London – studying under Peter Cook (of Archigram frame) and Elia Zenghelis (who when on to co-found the Office of Metropolitan Architecture).

Piers Gough. Image courtesy of the practice

It was at the AA that Piers studied with Nick Campbell, Roger Zogolovitch and Rex Wilkinson – and from where the four started their practice in the university’s basement studio space.

In 1975 they formalised the practice as Campbell Zogolovitch Wilkinson Gough Architects – now known as CZWG Architects. The practice has made a name for themselves through a huge range of bold, often playful postmodernist work.   Indeed in 2018 six of CZWG’s early works from the 1980s were listed by Historic England for their significance to the UK’s postmodernist movement.

In the episode we talk about these buildings including the Aztec West Business Park near Bristol, the Janet Street-Porter House in Clerkenwell, China Wharf in Southwark, Bryanston School in Dorset, The Circle in Shad Thames,  and Cascades in the Isle of Dogs

We also speak about the firm’s work at Mile End Park – bridging the park over a busy road – and the inverted pyramid of Canada Water Library in Southwark.

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