This week we enjoyed a presentation by Niall McLaughlin, principal of Niall McLaughlin Architects, as part of our Building on the Built lecture series. In these talks, guest speakers are welcomed into our Milson Road studio to discuss the importance of reinventing existing buildings and how our urban fabrics can be altered for a more sustainable future.

Niall’s presentation delved into the nuance and narrative of his recent projects and how structural motifs add drama to one’s perception of space. The tactility of stone, intrigue of double height volumes and influence contemporary architecture can have in rewriting history were all themes throughout Niall’s talk.

Niall discussed how history, literature and materiality influenced the design ethos of projects such as the Song School, London Natural History Museum public realm and Jesus College in Cambridge. Niall’s talk also provoked a discourse about project lifespan and how to satisfy both environmental ambition as well as physical longevity. A fascinating question & answers session took place after the presentation to expand on these topics further.

Thank you to Niall, and everyone that attended. It was thoroughly enjoyable welcoming you all to our Milson Road studio for another memorable evening.

We look forward to our next Building on the Built in February 2023 where Graeme Brooker will be our guest. More information and tickets will be released in due course!