Where is the centre of architecture? Where does architectural culture evolve? Does it have a geographic base? What is marginal activity and what are marginal places? In a digitally democratised world is the idea of physical proximity and cultural hegemony relevant?
David Knight is a designer and author, and a founding director of DK-CM. David is a unit tutor at the Royal College of Art School of Architecture, where he is also a PhD candidate. He is co-author of ‘SUB-PLAN: A Guide to Permitted Development’ (2009), and has written, taught, spoken and exhibited internationally. David serves as a trustee of The Architecture Foundation, as Visiting Critic to the Mayor's Project Review Group at the Greater London Authority, and is a member of the Architectural Humanities Research Association and the Society of Architectural Historians.
George Saumarez Smith is one of the leading classical architects of his generation. Much of his inspiration comes from an appreciation and study of historic buildings, combined with a high level of classical literacy. He has received various awards for his work, including from the RIBA, the Sunday Times and the Georgian Group.
George qualified as an architect in 1998 and has been a Director of ADAM Architecture since 2004. George is passionate about measuring and drawing historic buildings and his work has been exhibited and published widely, both in the UK and abroad. He also regularly teaches, lectures and writes on a wide range of subjects relating to traditional architecture.
Jes Fernie is an independent curator and writer based in Essex, working with galleries, architectural practices and public bodies on commissioning schemes, exhibitions, residency projects and public programmes. She is interested in an expansive idea of contemporary practice which encompasses dialogue, research, engagement and serendipity.
David Kohn is director of David Kohn Architects, a London-based office working internationally on arts, education and residential projects. Past projects include ‘A Room for London,’ a boat-shaped installation on the roof of the Southbank Centre designed in collaboration with artist Fiona Banner, The White Building in Hackney Wick and Carrer Avinyó, an apartment in Barcelona’s Gothic Quarter. He taught architecture at the Cass between 2003 and 2013 and was a Visiting Professor at KU Leuven between 2014 and 2016.
Daisy Froud is a strategist specialising in brief-development, community engagement and participatory design. Having started her career in community-led regeneration and environmental campaigning, in 2003 Daisy co-founded architecture practice AOC, which built a reputation for “a committed engagement with communities, clients and parts of the city” (FT, 2008) and was twice shortlisted for the Young Architect of the Year Award.
Since 2007 she has taught on the history and theory of spatial politics at The Bartlett School of Architecture, and also currently teaches at the London School of Architecture. Daisy sits on Design Review panels for the London Boroughs of Lewisham, Hackney and Bexley and for housing provider Home Group, and on the advisory Design Panel for High Speed 2. She is a Built Environment Expert for Design Council CABE, an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, and in 2014 was shortlisted for The AJ’s Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award.