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Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT9 5AG
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Designing Differently – Form Follows…

Once in a while it’s important to challenge our own way of doing things – to take oneself out of the groove and view things from a different perspective. This Friday afternoon you are invited to think differently about the process of design.

The QUB ArcSoc Conference, supported by RSUA and the Irish Architecture Foundation, gives you the chance to hear about the design process from an artist, product designer, urban designer and architects’ perspectives. The exciting line up of local and international speakers will undoubtedly give you something to mull over and hopefully spark an idea that you can incorporate into your own working practices.

As well as the talks there will be plenty of time to engage with the speakers and with the next generation of architects from across Ireland.

Sebastian Conran, Director, Sebastian Conran Associates
Director of Sebastian Conran Associates, is a leading designer/innovator.  Sebastian is designer in residence to University of Sheffield science faculty; Visiting Professor at the University of the Arts London; Hon. Fellow of the Royal College of Art; Hon. Doctor of Arts, University of Hertford; Chair Home Office's Design & Technology Alliance; Chair Creative Industries KTN; Chair of Innovate UK's Design Special Interest Group; Trustee of the Design Council; Trustee of D&AD 2005-2009; Trustee of the Design Museum; Fellow of: Royal Society of Arts; and Chartered Society of Designers.

Jessica McGarry, Director, McGarry-Moon Architects
Beginning her architectural career at Taylor Architects, Jessica then moved onto London to work for Thomas Ford & Partners, a practice which has an enviable reputation for its conservation work on some of the country's most important historical buildings.  Jessica McGarry and partner Steven Moon set up McGarry-Moon Architects in 2004, currently operating out of their award winning studio near Kilrea and delivering projects across the British Isles.

Sam Tyler, Partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
After completing his Masters degree at Yale University, Sam lead the delivery of numerous educational, regeneration and cultural projects for Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.  These included a £30 million student village for Queen Mary, University of London, the RAF's Cold War Museum in Cosford, a major mixed-use regeneration scheme at New Cross Gate in London, masterplanning associated with Marylebone's Moxon Street, and the design of various secondary schools and adult education colleges.  He is currently delivering an ambitious new £250 million Belfast Campus for the Ulster University and is leading a number of smaller local projects building on the regenerative impact of the University in the city.

Hugo Nowell, Director of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design, Urban Initiatives Studios
Hugo is a Director of Urban Initiatives Studio with over 20 years experience of urban design, masterplanning and public realm design.  His work ranges from city centre and residential masterplanning, preparation of design codes and design guidance through to detailed design and delivery on site.  Hugo is currently leading our work in preparing masterplans for Roeshot Hill in Christchurch, the St James Hospital Area in Dublin and for the Talbot Campus in Bournemouth where he is working with Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth to deliver a digital village.  Hugo is a visiting lecturer at both the Bartlett and University of Westminster and a tutor on the Bartlett Major Projects programme.

Artur Carulla, Partner, Allies and Morrison 
Artur trained at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (ETSAB) in Barcelona and The Architectural Association in London.  He joined Allies and Morrison in 2003 having previously worked in New York.  Artur was appointed as a Director of the practice in 2010 and became a Partner in 2015.  Artur has remained involved across the whole range of the practice's work, leading a number of cultural, educational, residential and commercial projects from concept to delivery.  In recent years Artur has also been involved in large urban regeneration masterplans.  He is the Partner responsible for Allies and Morrison's proposals for the new town centre of Elephant and Castle, a two million square feet residential led development which also includes a multi storey retail centre, a new underground station, a cultural venue, a new building for the London College of Communications  and the headquarters offices for the University of the Arts London. 

Gail Mahon, Artist and Independent Cultural Producer
Gail Mahon is an artist and research-led practitioner, working predominately in installation, sculpture, ceramics, ephemera, sound, performance and photography.  She holds a masters from the Royal College of Art, London.  Her work draws from transdisciplinary concerns within material, culture and corporeality affecting the macro, micro and meta 'architectures' at the border of the body.  Co-founder of Belfast arts collective MAK9 since 2011 and founder of collaborative project CAAKE (Collaborative Art and Kinetic Environments), developing public interventions, exhibitions and active research residencies in expanded material and movement practices.  Recent shows include Residue Contemporary Clay series, Galway Arts Centre, two hundred acres, Pumphouse Gallery, London, Ri-ver-bero residency project, Art Arcadia, Pietrafitta, Italy.

When: Friday 2nd March 2018 from 1.30pm to 6.30pm

Where: Queen's University Belfast, Ashby Building, Stranmillis Road.  ASH/01/005

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