Simon Allford of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) will set out the ideas that have driven his practice’s approach to constructing ideas in architecture. Since its inception in the early 1980s, the practice, founded immediately after the partners completed their diplomas at the Bartlett School of Architecture, has grown from four founders to 400 people researching and constructing projects that test ideas through building. Allford works for public and private sector clients on a wide range of projects of very different scales (and types), and the examination of their successes (and failures!) in use has reinforced his student thesis and led him to eschew the conventions of specialization. Through this work he has developed the polemic for The Universal Building and an architectural take on the theory of convergence. Allford is currently working on large-scale buildings and collections of buildings in London, across England and in Amsterdam, Bratislava, Prague, Berlin, India, and America. The current programs for this collection includes cultural, commercial, residential, and academic facilities. Allford will focus his talk on the ideas that underpin the practice’s thinking; how these has been made manifest in a series of built projects; and how these ideas continue to evolve and inform the next collection of projects.