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In collaboration with the Architects’ Journal, on 22nd October, we welcome Sheila O’Donnell, founding director of award-winning studio O’Donnell + Tuomey. Recipient of the Architect of the Year award at the Women in Architecture Awards earlier in 2019, O’Donnell will speak about the work of her practice over the last 30 years.
“Throughout our 30 years in practice we have worked on the re-use and transformation of existing buildings. In this lecture I will talk about our attitude to re-use with reference to a number of built projects, and focussing mainly on our recently won project for the School of Architecture in Liverpool. The school currently occupies two adjoining, but not very well connected, buildings from the19th and 20th centuries. Our proposal combines the Georgian houses, the Reilly building, and new building into a legible composite entity. We want to use the available budget to radically transform the School into an integrated organism, upgrading the environmental performance of the existing structure and fabric. The new building forms a head house, a terminus to the linear train of existing buildings. We like the accumulated narrative, the 4-part story of the history of the school, the sequence from the 19th to the 21st century. We’ve captioned our project A Connected School.” Sheila O’Donnell.
Admission is free but places are limited.