“The Architects Series – A documentary on: Alison Brooks Architects” is the 31st instalment of this event organized by THE PLAN magazine for Iris Ceramica Group. The webinar will begin at 6 pm (UK BST) / 7 pm (CEST) / 1 pm (US EDT) on Thursday, September 14, and will include the screening of a 30-minute video documentary followed by a lecture by Alison Brooks. Participants will need to register for the event on the Iris Ceramica Group website. The webinar will stream live from ICG Gallery London.
Alison Brooks Architects is a leading firm whose projects have made it one of the most influential and acclaimed architecture firms in the UK. Since it was established in 1996 by visionary architect Alison Brooks, the studio has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the project of generous, inclusive city-building supported by a uniquely sculptural design language. Its completed works range from large scale masterplans and mixed-use developments to higher education buildings, public installations, private houses, exhibition designs, and public buildings for the arts.
Alison Brooks Architects’ approach combines cultural research and artistic vision, using these elements as catalysts for community engagement and for new forms of architectural expression.
Principal and Creative Director Alison Brooks is the driving force behind the firm. She sees architecture as an ever-changing social art form and a means to foster ongoing creative-cultural dialogue. Her holistic approach has attracted widespread recognition and earned the firm over seventy awards for excellence in design. Alison is the only British architect to have received the profession’s three most prestigious awards: the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Manser Medal (twice), and the Stephen Lawrence Prize.
Currently the studio is developing in several major urban projects that have attracted a great deal of public attention, including new residential developments in Kings Cross, Tottenham Hale, and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London; a high-density urban neighborhood in the City of Surrey, Canada; and a sustainable tower in Toronto’s Quayside neighborhood. Other critically acclaimed residential projects include Accordia in Cambridge, Newhall Be in Harlow, and three phases of London’s South Kilburn Estate Regeneration.
As well, Alison Brooks Architects has left an indelible mark on the fields of education and the arts. More recent achievements include the Cohen Quad Exeter College in Oxford and, the main entrance building for Homerton College and an art gallery in Cambridge. Private houses are also a focus for the studio, a category to which it brings the same cutting-edge approach to design in intimate, experimental, and innovative dwellings.
Alison Brooks Architects’ visionary style continues to push boundaries and redefine architectural norms, attracting the attention of the public and professionals alike, and leaving a lasting mark on the built environment.
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The course has been submitted for approval by AIA CES (USA) and RIBA CPD (UK) for continuing education credits, and by CNACPP for accreditation of two CFPs (Italy only).
Thursday, September 14, 2023
07:00 p.m. – Welcome and screening of the documentary “The Architects Series – A documentary on: Alison Brooks Architects”
07:30 p.m. – Lecture by Alison Brooks
Alison Brooks is among the most highly awarded and internationally acclaimed architects in the UK. A native of Guelph, Ontario, she studied architecture at the University of Waterloo before moving to the UK in 1988. Since establishing her practice in 1996, she has emerged as one of the UK’s most inventive architects, with works encompassing urban design, housing, higher education buildings, private homes, and public buildings for the arts.
Alison has promoted and championed the role of women in architecture, the resurgence of building craft, and the value of timber as an expressive, low-carbon construction technology. In 2012, she was awarded the BD Architect of the Year Award. Shelater won the 2013 AJ Woman Architect of the Year in recognition of her work in housing, regeneration, and education. In 2017, she was appointed Royal Designer for Industry by the Royal Society of Arts as well as London Mayor’s Design Advocate. She was also recognized with the AJ 100 Contribution to the Profession Award.
Alison Brooks has contributed to architectural education as an external examiner for over fifteen years at University of Central London, University of Bath, University of Lincoln, and the Architectural Association. She taught at the Architectural Association’s Diploma School 2008–10 and served as external examiner 2016–19. In 2018, Alison was appointed as the John T. Dunlop Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard GSD. Since 2018, she has been a visiting professor for the Masters in Collective Housing at ETSAM, Universidad Politécnica of Madrid. Most recently she was the Gensler Visiting Critic Spring 2023 at Cornell’s AAP School, and received the Bethune Award by the University at Buffalo. Alison lectures internationally in architecture and urban design, and sits on numerous international design competition juries.