Second WAS symposium: Negotiation in Architecture

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Our second symposium is around the corner, and this time we bring up the subject of negotiation in architecture. Not the negotiation skills you use to get better fees or contracts, but negotiating the architect’s role within the construction industry.

When collaborating with so many different professions and having so many consultants, when being part of design&build contracts, one might ask where the architect stands. What can students do to avoid a decline of the role of the architect in the future or, alternatively, what would be the best attitude to take when faced with these fast paced changes?

We’re delighted to welcome a distinguished panel of speakers, each contributing to the discussion from a different perspective.

Marion Brereton, director at BGS Architects, has extensive experience working with listed buildings for both private and commercial clients. Recent projects include the new Academic Wing for Wolfson College – Oxford, including the award-winning Leonard Wolfson Auditorium. In addition to her technical design skills and attention to detail, Marion has considerable expertise in sustainable design solutions.

Eric Schrijver is a doctoral candidate at TU Delft, majoring in the field of Public Building, with a research-minor focusing on architecture and aerodynamics. He worked at several Dutch architectural practices (including UN Studio) and lectured at TU Delft and the University of Darmstadt. For the past 3 years Eric has been working with UK based Architects of Air, who design, build, and operate large, inflatable sculptures called Luminaria.

Professor Harry Charrington, head of the Department of Architecture, studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and was awarded his PhD at the LSE. He practiced architecture in Finland, working for Arkkitehtitoimisto Alvar Aalto & Co. and Studio Suonto Architects, and in the United Kingdom for Winskell Architects and Spence & Dower Architects, as well as running his own practice. From 2000–04 he was a developer and designer of the multi-award winning Springhill CoHousing in Stroud, the UKs first new build CoHousing project.

Dr Frances Ekwulugo is a Senior Lecturer in Marketing at Westminster Business School. Before venturing into academia, Dr Ekwulugo had extensive experience in both private and public sectors in the UK and overseas. She consults extensively for public and private sector organizations in the UK and teaches the brilliant course on negotiation at WBS.

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to hear and contribute to the discussion alongside passionate, forward-thinking individuals!

27th March, 5pm, Robin Evans room (M416), Department of Architecture – University of Westminster

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