Tom Greenall, David Cohen, Emily Davey and Ed Watson, chaired by Joanna Chambers

Housing London: Visions for the Future, Part 2

Series: Housing London Lecture Series
Date: Thursday 3 March 2016
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 108 mins

Following on from our popular series last Spring, Housing London returns this term to speculate on our visions for the future. Continuing in the same vein, this pair of talks will bring together architects, politicians, planners, developers and commentators to propose new inspiration for what housing in London could be like in the years to come. 

Image caption: Richard Rogers’ Y:Cube ‘move-on’ housing complex in Merton, London. Photograph by Grant Smith

David Cohen is the Campaigns Editor and Chief Feature Writer for the Evening Standard newspaper. His hard-hitting reports on the Angell Town estate in Brixton where he lived for a week to gain unique insight has led to increased investment to tackle social change in council estates across London and in 2014 he received the presitgious Paul Foote Award for his Frontline London campaign on gangs. 

Tom Greenall is an Associate Director at DSDHA and a Studio Tutor at the Royal College of Art. His experience spans from urban design and public realm projects through to residential and highly acclaimed education schemes. A strong attitude towards research underpins Tom’s approach; in 2015 he was awarded a Research Fellowship in the Built Environment from the Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851.

Emily Davey is a London Assembly Candidate and a housing solicitor who has practiced in legal aid and private client firms and has worked in-house for one of the largest RSLs in the South West. She now has her own operation specialising in advising and training both legally and non-legally qualified people working in the housing sector. In 2011, Emily served as interim Head of Governance for a substantial new housing group in southern England. Emily also heads up the Liberal Democrat Housing Policy Working Group which feeds directly to Liberal Democrats ministers. 

Ed Watson is the new Executive Director of Growth, Planning and Housing for Westminster City Council. He has a strong track record in planning and regeneration and has 25 years of experience in local government. He joined the council in January 2016 from the London Borough of Camden where he has held the position of Director of Culture and Environment since 2014. He previously worked for five years as the Assistant Director of Regeneration and Planning for the London Borough of Camden and as Planning Programme Manager for the Local Government Association. He also worked as the Head of Development Control at the London Borough of Lambeth.

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Certificate), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

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