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Lecture: Perpetual Change

20 January 18:30 - 20:00
Organized by: The Victorian Society
Art Workers' Guild
6 Queen Square

Re-engaging with the Past: New Architectural Approaches


In the second lecture of our winter lecture series we are offering the chance to hear from leading architect, Biba Dow.


Biba Dow of Dow Jones Architects, who has a particular reputation for her work in the renewal and reuse of London churches. Her extension to Street’s St Mary Magdalene Paddington, recently completed, is the project best known to the Victorian Society. Also there is the superb renewal of the crypt at Christ Church Spitalfields and the remodelling plus extension of St Mary’s Lambeth for the Garden History Museum. All these, like her work in other spheres, are characterised by the strong use of materials, from weathered steel and concrete to faience, in response to the immediate context.


The ongoing debate about how to adapt and reuse old buildings has reached an exciting stage. A new approach to reconciling old and new in architecture has emerged in recent years, one that is neither purely conservationist nor historicist but instead adopts a fresh, innovative approach. In this Victorian Society lecture series seven leading architects discuss this new trend and what it means in their work.