Section 2

Change comes to town


Eeva Berglund

Eeva Berglund trained as an anthropologist at Cambridge University. For some years she pursued an academic career, exploring environmental and regional politics and the social dimensions of scientific and expert knowledge. She spent two years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley and then moved to London to take up a lectureship at Goldsmiths College.

In 2002 she left academia for a more varied existence, and now mostly writes about people and their environments for a variety of audiences in both English and Finnish. She has pursued her interest in the changing shape of higher education in both peer reviewed academic publications and online. In between writing and voluntary work she also gained an MSc in spatial planning at UCL. Having become a trustee of Women’s Design Service, a London-based organisation promoting women’s interests in the built environment, she wrote its history, published in 2007 as Doing things Differently: WDS at twenty.

Torange Khonsar

Torange Khonsar is a practicing architect/artist and lecturer. She obtained her professional Diploma at the Architectural Association in London and also studied at Dundee University. Her research interests include how users of public space engage with their environment and how design and programmatic strategies can support and facilitate physical, economical and social infrastructures in the public realm.

She has written extensively and has had a number of works published both in the UK and the middle east. Recent titles include What is the role of participation in architecture?, Open house international publication, edited by Maurice Mitchel and Participatory Urbanism, Shahrbod publication, Tehran. Torange also speaks regularly at conferences and has exhibited widely, including at the Baltic in Gateshead, with the British Council in Oslo, Budapest and in Berlin.

Torange was founder and a partner of 3A Architects and is currently leading Public Works: an art and architecture collaborative which uses art led participatory processes and their methodology to explore how existing social networks can inform spatial, architectural and urban proposals.

Eeva Berglund

Rupert Cook

Rupert is a Joint convenor of the RIBA’s Higher Education Design Quality Forum and he represents the practice as a founder member of Winchester Action on Climate Change (WinACC). He has taught full time and is currently is a visiting design tutor Oxford Brookes, also visiting Schools of Architecture as a critic. He has presented lectures on broad architectural issues and specific buildings.

Rupert is a Director of architecture plb, registering as an architect in 1998. He has a broad range of experience across and range of projects including; university, housing, mixed-use, arts and cultural buildings. Rupert is currently working on a number of projects for Royal Veterinary College, University of London and for City of Westminster’s Housing management company CityWest.

Previously he has built boats and worked in design studios for production and advertising companies. Privately he currently is designing a near zero carbon house on Chichester Harbour. He Lives with Laura and has three daughters.


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