Section 5

The role of community, the place of technology


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.

Prue Chiles and Anna Holder

Prue Chiles combines research and practice with teaching. At the University of Sheffield Prue is the Director of Architecture. She initiated the acclaimed Live Projects programme and has continually forged links between the University and the City. She also directs the Bureau of Design Research, founded by her in 2002 within the School of Architecture, redefining the role of the architect in relation to the university, the community and practice. The Bureau of Design Research carries out a variety of design projects, research consultancy and consultancy projects with both local and national bodies and has built up a reputation for innovation and expertise in the area of school design, community visioning and regeneration and sustainable futures.

This work is augmented by a private practice – Prue Chiles Architects. Formed in 1999, the practice has undertaken a number of innovative buildings including one of the “Classrooms of the Future”. These projects have been published widely in the Architectural Press and often for the basis of further research and/or consultancy.

Anna Holder is a Research Assistant at the University of Sheffield and at the Bureau of Design Research, researching design and education, socially sustainable communal housing, alternative forms of entrepreneurship in design and inclusive methodologies of design and research. She has worked in practice in the fields of architecture, urbanism and landscape, in the UK and the Netherlands, and is a member of the Voluntary Design and Build architecture network.


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