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, Cullinan Studio
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 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.
SCOTT MCAULAY: ANTHROPOCENE ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL
Scott coordinates the Anthropocene Architecture School - a decentralised, regenerative response to Climate Breakdown, and contributes towards the RIAS Sustainability Working Group and the GIA’s Sustainability Committee. Recently graduating with a Postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Architectural Design - between the University of Strathclyde and the University of Dalhousie, with special studies in Ecology and International Sustainable Development.
A regular speaker and writer on sustainability and the built environment’s place in responding to the Climate Emergency; recently writing for the Architects Journal, Crumble, -Ism and the RIBAJ whilst delivering talks and workshops through the AAS, Extinction Rebellion and the GIA across Scotland.
Conscientious protectorship and advocation for compassionate design led Scott to initiate the AAS following the IPCC’s Special Report on 1.5 Degrees. Other past projects include conservation-energy-efficiency hybrid works with John Gilbert Architects; Climate Emergency Compliant Cities hackathons across Scotland; and coordinating the Arts of Extinction Rebellion Glasgow’s Summer Uprising.
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.
As part of this years convention we will be announcing the winners of the A&DS and RIAS Scottish Student Awards for Architecture and delegates will have the opportunity to see the finalists exhibition. Click here for further details on the student awards.
THE SCOTTISH ECOLOGICAL DESIGN ASSOCIATION
SEDA will host a session looking at:
Upskilling the Profession to Deliver Maximum Architectural Value - Minimum Environmental Harm.
Dr Richard Atkins - RIBA FRIAS FRSA
David Seel – Chair of SEDA
Ben Rainger – President of EAA
Professor Sandy Halliday – CEng Hon FRIAS Director, Gaia Group Ltd
A short screening series celebrating architecture in film. 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.
Films being screened: Torre Davide (By Urban Think Tank, 2013 - a striking film following the everyday life of 800 families living in a vertical slum in the city of Caracus in Venezuela) Mining Poems or Odes (Callum Rice, 2015 . Robert, an ex-shipyard welder from Govan in Scotland has put down his welding tools and replaced them with pens and paper, and a new found passion for poetry. In this film Robert reflects on how his life experiences have influenced his new found compulsion to write) & one more film tbc. & one more film tbc.
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.
SUZANNE EWING: ESALA
Suzanne is an architect, academic and educator who works at the intersection of humanities and design. Her teaching and research is motivated by exploration of how Architecture’s interdependent relation with city, culture and society can equip students and citizens to engage with real-world complex questions - activating the role of imagination through a repertoire of spatial, material, visual techniques for rigorous action and collaborative practice. She completed a tenure as Head of the Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in 2018, is a partner at Zone Architects, and is Professor of Architectural Criticism at The University of Edinburgh.
Ruta Turcinaviciute & Andy Summers, will present a session looking at: Architecture & Contemporary Culture
Ruta and Andy will present the work of the Architecture Fringe and explore the wider, plural landscape of contemporary architectural culture in Scotland. 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.
JACOB KUREK: HENNING LARSEN
As partner in charge of Henning Larsen’s international projects, Jacob combines more than 20 years of experience with deep strategic insight and a strong commitment to the work of winning new assignments. Together with Louis Becker, Jacob has driven Henning Larsen’s internationalization to the prominent position it holds today. As a result of his leadership, Henning Larsen is currently engaged in projects in 12 European and Middle Eastern countries.
Jacob’s expertise shines through in his ability to develop site-specific architecture that is always rooted in a transparent and democratic Scandinavian tradition. Based on a strong belief that dialogue and close collaborative project development is the key to good architecture, Jacob always meets personally with developers and partners locally. Through the years, he has built up extensive experience in urban planning, commercial headquarters, cultural institutions and educational buildings – most recently with the trendsetting Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.
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.
CHRIS HART: WERNICK
Chris has more than 15 years’ experience in the modular building industry, in Consultancy, Project Management and Commercial Management. Chris has personally overseen major hospital extensions, multiple school extensions and has experience in a wide variety of market sectors.
Wernick Buildings are Britain’s oldest independent manufacturer and supplier of permanent modular buildings, with five Divisional offices covering the UK. The steel framed modular systems designed by Wernick Buildings have the flexibility to provide accommodation solutions in a wide range of sectors, including education, healthcare, custodial as well as specialist requirements.
HEFIN O'HARE: HARDIES
Hefin is a Chartered Building Surveyor and commercial energy assessor and works in the Hardies Dunfermline Office.
Alongside competing as a professional rugby player Hefin graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University with a First-Class Honours degree in Building Surveying. Before joining Hardies Property & Construction Consultants in 2018, Hefin previously worked for two Scottish commercial property consultants over a 7-year period and gained his MRICS membership, a Diploma in Non-Domestic Energy assessment and his Section 63 and Displayed Energy qualifications.
Hefin is now Head of Hardies Non-Domestic Energy Service and Senior Chartered Building Surveyor working in Hardies Property & Construction Consultants Dunfermline office.
Pictured Above: V&A Dundee (c) Hufton + Crow