JOE CLANCY: Landscape Architect, WSP
Joe Clancy is an award-winning landscape architect (CMLI) at WSP and one of the co-authors of Terrapin Bright Green’s 14 Patterns of Biophilic Design. Joe has aided projects, including Cuerden Valley Wildlife Park Visitor Centre (the first Living Building Challenge registered project in the UK) and Old Oak Common Station public realm, to further incorporate experiences of nature within their proposals to enhance human health and wellbeing through the application of biophilic design. Joe has spoken on the subject at the EU funded COST Restore Training School, the Paris Design Summit, the Activating Biophilic Cities Conference and the BRE Biophilia Symposium.
JENNY JONES: Jenny Jones Studio
Jenny Jones was educated at the University of Liverpool, the Ecole Speciale de Architecture, Lyon and at the Edinburgh College of Art where she was the Ewart Scholar for 1989/90 at the University of Kansas.
She founded her practice in 2014 having worked for Richard Rogers Partnership, OMA, Universal Design Studio and Terence Conran. She has held teaching positions at the Edinburgh College of Art, Architectural Association and at the Royal College of Art. Her projects include the Dairy Art Centre for founders Cohen and Frahm, the headquarters for service design agency Fjord and a human-centric urban research piece exhibited during the Venice Biennale in 2018. She recently co-founded the Rough Paper Salon with Dr Gian Luca Amadei to create an informal review space for practitioners and academics from the arts and the built environment.
RODDY LANGMUIR: Practice Leader, Architect
Roddy grew up in the rugged beauty of the Cairngorm Mountains where as a kid he joined the groups his father was training in mountain skills and leadership. 20 years on he found empathy at Cullinan Studio with a world in transition, looking to make buildings that engage with their environment. Now one of our three Practice Leaders, he has developed a design method based on storytelling, with a layered approach that begins with context, topography, micro-climate and the cultural drivers of his clients and their chosen setting - inspiring expressive, clearly articulated buildings. A lifelong love of the outdoors has led to an affinity with place-making and recognition of the importance of the space between and beyond buildings.
Roddy communicates persuasively and lectures widely, talking and sketching with skill and passion. He chairs design forums for Architecture and Design Scotland.
RENÉ SOMMER LINDSAY: R|S|L|ENT
René Sommer Lindsay is an architect, urban designer and strategist interested in creating resilient, sustainable and liveable cities and communities. He is the former director of the Copenhagen Climate Resilient Neighbourhood project – Klimakvarter – which showcases Copenhagen's innovative approach to climate adaptation. After nearly ten years with the City of Copenhagen René moved to Edinburgh in 2017 to live abroad for a period. He works as an urban designer and takes on occasional assignments as R|S|L|ENT working with – and speaking about – resilient urban design, climate adaptation, co-creation and Placemaking Infrastructure.
BEN RAINGER: EAA President
Ben is the current President of the Edinburgh Architectural Association, having previously served as junior and senior vice president. He is also an RIAS Council member.
He has been and architect for over 15 years and is a Senior Architect at Smith Scott Mullan Associates, with experience across both public and private sectors, designing and delivering award winning buildings. He has a long standing interest in championing sustainability and the zero carbon economy within Architecture and holds RIAS sustainability accreditation.
He has also been a visiting tutor for first year students at Edinburgh University and mentors staff members within practice.
AMIN TAHA: Chair, GROUPWORK
Amin was born in Berlin, studied in Edinburgh and now lives and works in London. He is chair of GROUPWORK a practice that has completed a number of award winning buildings including Barretts Grove shortlisted for the 2017 Stirling Prize. Amin has taught, written and lectured on architecture, sat on the RIBA National and International Awards Jury and aids property related research groups and funds.
ROBIN WEBSTER OBE RSA PRIAS FRSA
Robin is current president of the RIAS.
Robin was educated at the University of Cambridge and the Bartlett. He formed his own practice with Robin Spence on winning an international competition for a new Parliament Building in Westminster (although this was never built). He is currently a partner in cameronwebster architects, formed in 2005 with his daughter and son in law, which has won several RIBA and RIAS Awards and a number of competitions. He is also a consultant at The Glasgow City Heritage Trust, and a Trustee on a number of charities.
He has taught all his professional life, at the University of Cambridge, at the Mack and in the USA. In 1984 he took the chair at the Scott Sutherland School in RGU Aberdeen, and is still Professor Emeritus there. While in Aberdeen he was elected President of the Aberdeen Society of Architects, and he was awarded an OBE in 1997 for services to architectural education.
MATTHEW WILKINSON: Associate, AL_A
Matthew is an Associate at AL_A. He led the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter in London as project architect and is currently leading an ambitious project to re-Imagine Paisley Museum, Scotland.
He has a strong strategic approach and expertise in realising ambitious design concepts. He has a particular interest in cultural projects and a passion for materiality and the tactile. He relishes the challenges of technical complexity with a heritage focus.
He is always deeply immersed in the world of his projects and combines intelligent listening, enthusiasm and design leadership to achieve client’s visions, engaging with diverse client structures and stakeholders as a close collaborator.
He understands that design that has the power to redefine an institution, town or city, and his research-led and radical approach continually questions the status quo to achieve this.
ASPECT:Cinema presents… a short screening series celebrating architecture in film
ASPECT:Cinema has hosted screenings across Edinburgh and Glasgow since June 2018, and continues to take a closer look at architecture in film through a creative and collaborative film series curated by our team at WT Architecture. They believe that the practice of architecture is not about just bricks and mortar but the life that fills buildings. Changing light, moving sound, the stories that unfold in architectural space: on screen we see these things and the successes, failures, struggles and celebrations that give architecture purpose brought to life.
Join us as we seek to inspire, intrigue and inform and make a place of welcome to look at what architecture can mean to us.
Initiated by a group of architects, landscape architects, designers, photographers, visual artists and curators the Architecture Fringe is an independent contributor-led series of projects and events across the arts which explores architecture and its impact within its cultural and socio-political contexts.
Seeking to support new work, new ideas and new voices, the Architecture Fringe 2019 was the fourth edition of the festival and was the largest and most successful to date with 100 projects, events, exhibitions, performances, talks, tours and a summer school across Scotland.
The Danish Embassy will be running three sessions, as below, click here for full details.
1. Designing with Nature – Arctic Futures
2. Climate resilient infrastructure – preparing our cities for extreme weather
3. Activating spaces - for health and wellbeing
As part of this years convention we will be announcing the winners of the A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture. Delegates will have the opportunity to see the finalists exhibition and there will be sessions with a student focus, looking at aspects of architectural education. Click here for further details on the student awards.
Pictured Above: V&A Dundee (c) Hufton + Crow