Event details




Wednesday 26th August 2020 

10.00am BST

1 hour 30 minutes

Architectural approaches to the adaptation and reuse of buildings has changed significantly over recent years. As awareness of embodied energy has grown, so too has the sense that architects are obliged to reuse buildings wherever possible - often requiring levels of skill and imagination at least equal to those involved in new building.

Likewise, high-profile projects such as Herzog & de Meuron's creation of Tate Modern from Bankside power station, or David Chipperfield's renovation of Neues Museum in Berlin, have eloquently demonstrated that work to existing buildings can influence architecture beyond the practice of renovation and repair, even as discussions about appropriate approaches to work on existing buildings have become deeper and richer.

In this context, architects are developing new specialisms and establishing positions in relation to reuse, ranging from commitments only to work on existing buildings - or never to demolish them - to efforts to develop new markets in reclaimed materials.

Join our live webinar and panel discussion exploring current thinking, hopes and concerns regarding our handling of the existing building stock.


Rob Leechmere

Jonathan Tuckey Design

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Rob Leechmere is an Associate Architect at Jonathan Tuckey Design, where has worked transforming existing buildings for close to five years. He was educated at the University of Liverpool, London Metropolitan University and The Bartlett, Schools of Architecture.

During his time at Jonathan Tuckey Design, he has worked on numerous and varied projects including; a hotel in Berlin, a theatre in Berkshire, a house in the French Alps and a Grade 2 listed Georgian Townhouse in Marylebone, London.

Rob’s interest in ‘re-use’ as a methodology, centres around the translation of traditional vernaculars into a modern context. The implications re-use has on the image of the city is also an area of research. He advocates for considering history, context and the buildings’ relationships to its geo-social location, not just sustainability reasons in renewing existing structures.

Stephen Bates

Sergison Bates architects

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Stephen Bates is a founding partner of Sergison Bates architects. Established in 1996, the practice was awarded the Heinrich Tessenow and the Erich Schelling Awards in 2006 and many of their projects have received prestigious awards.

Stephen has taught at the Architectural Association London; ETH Zurich, EPF Lausanne, the Oslo School of Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is currently Professor of Urbanism and Housing at TU München. Through the development of projects in practice and his teaching role, he has explored the practical and theoretical aspects of city-making and domesticity and written extensively on the relationship between the two scales.

He has been a member of various Design Review Panels in London and has served on many international architectural competition juries, including the Iberian Premis FAD, the Stirling Prize in the UK, the Belgian Prize for Architecture and was President of the jury for the 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award.

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Sarah Castle


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Sarah is a founding director of IF_DO - a multi award-winning architecture practice based in Bermondsey. Established in 2014, IF_DO is dedicated to creating projects with a positive impact on users, the environment and the surrounding community. IF_DO was named by Wallpaper* Magazine as one of the world’s top 20 emerging practices in their Architects’ Directory 2017, and was a finalist for the 2017 Architectural Review international Emerging Architecture Awards. The practice was named Breakthrough Talent of the Year at the 2018 FX Design Awards, and Young Architect of the Year by the American Institute of Architects UK in the same year.

Sarah is passionate about the need to make architecture a more diverse and equal profession. She is a founding member of Part W - an action group of women campaigning for gender parity across the built environment, and from 2015-2019 was the London Chair for Urbanistas, a network devoted to supporting women working in the built environment. Sarah has taught at both Brighton School of Architecture, and the London School of Architecture.



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