Quantity vs Quality: Can We Deliver and Make Great Places?

Lecture date: 2015-02-11

Housing London Lecture Series

Bob Allies, Allies & Morrison;

David West, Studio Egret West;

Stewart Murray, GLA

Vere van Gool, AADipl2014;

Chaired by Alex Lifschutz, AA Council

How to meet London’s housing needs is one of the most pressing issues facing the capital today. The Architectural Association School of Architecture is joining in the debate and as part of its public programme, is holding a series of events next spring to bring together architects, politicians, planners, developers and commentators to debate the key questions. The series will culminate in an open jury when students of the AA will share their ideas with an audience comprising speakers, academics, members and fellow students. The open jury will enable students to present their work to the participants in this series, and will be followed by a closing session which will bring together the key outcomes of the debates. 

Bob Allies, Allies and MorrisonBob Allies taught at the University of Cambridge from 1984-88 and served as Visiting Professor at the University of Edinburgh in 1995, the University of Maryland in 1999, and the University of Bath from 1996 to 1999. He is currently a member of the London Mayor’s Design Advisory Group and chair of the South+East Region Design Review Panel. Bob was a member of the AA Council from 2004-2007 and is currently an examiner on the Housing and Urbanism programme.As well as being co-masterplanners for the Olympic Games and Legacy, Allies and Morrison are also responsible for many of London’s other major masterplans including Kings Cross Central, Brent Cross Cricklewood, Wood Wharf, West Hendon, Canada Water and Greenwich Peninsular, and are extensively involved in the design of housing throughout the capital.

Vere van Gool is an Amsterdam born, London based designer, architect in training and researcher. She graduated with Honours from the Architectural Association in 2014 with her project Dear London and her work has been published and exhibited internationally. She is a researcher at Forensic Architecture, building a house in Shadwell and the co-founder MISS, the platform that celebrates the many amazing women in art and design through an international series of events, exhibitions and lectures in London, Bangkok and New York.


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