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Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata will join the architect of Walmer Yard Peter Salter and the London-based practice OMMX for a discussion looking at how the architecture of Japan has influenced their work.
Each of the speakers will talk about one of their own housing projects in relation to craft, materiality and the interpretation of home.
Hirata’s futuristic Tree-ness House – a complex stack of concrete boxes containing living and gallery spaces, will contrast with the materiality and textures of Walmer Yard, which will be discussed by Salter.
The discussion will be chaired by Walmer Yard’s Keeper Laura Mark.
Akihisa Hirata, born in Osaka in 1971, worked for Toyo Ito & Associates before founding his own firm Akihisa Hirata Architecture Office in 2005. He has also been a professor at Kyoto University since 2015. Hirata has won many awards for his work, including the Golden Lion for Best National Participation in the Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale in 2012.
OMMX is a London-based practice which builds, draws and writes about architecture. It works on a wide mix of projects including housing, private residences, galleries, offices, public spaces, festivals, exhibitions and shop. This year the practice was nominated for the EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture and the Lisbon Triennale Début Award. The practice’s directors, Hikaru Nissanke and Jon Lopez, have taught at the Architectural Association, Cambridge University, the Bartlett School of Architecture, the Cass and Central St Martins.
Peter Salter is a British teacher and designer. In the 1980’s and 1990’s Salter established his reputation whilst teaching at the Architectural Association. He went on to become the Head of the School of Architecture at the University of East London and has been the Professor of Architectural Design at the Welsh School of Architecture since 2006. In 2004, he won the Royal Institute of British Architects Annie Spink Award for his outstanding contribution to architectural education. This prize was awarded jointly with Wolf Prix, and confirmed his international standing. His students are amongst the foremost architects now practicing all over the world from Iceland to Germany. The four houses at Walmer Yard in London represent his first built residential project in the UK.
Laura Mark is an award-winning architecture critic, curator and designer based in London. She is the Keeper of Walmer Yard and runs the Baylight Foundation, where she curates a number of cultural programmes and projects. She currently teaches at the University of Greenwich and the Bartlett School of Architecture. Trained as an architect, Laura spent five years in architectural practice before joining the editorial team of the Architects’ Journal. During her time at the magazine, Laura won numerous awards for her work including IBP’s Multi-Media Journalist of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. She has directed a number of films including the documentary Zaha: An Architecture Legacy (2017) which has been shown at festivals in London, Milan, New York and Miami.