Revealed - Exploiting context in design

The first of a series of three one-day courses in partnership with English Heritage in East Midlands.


November 6 2014 • 10.30am
to 4.00pm


Henrietta McCabe 01522 837402


Castle Meadow Road, Nottingham



£30.00 (inc vat)

£72.00 (inc vat) for complete 'Revealed' series

Book tickets Member booking


£30.00 (inc vat)

£72.00 (inc vat) for complete 'Revealed' series

Book tickets Member booking

If people are to continue to enjoy the benefits of historic places, it is architects and their clients who will make it happen. This is the first of three one-day courses in partnership with English Heritage. All three will feature leading practitioners who will help you pass on a legacy to future generations.

This session explores how to develop an understanding of context which will enrich and stimulate the creative process. Rather than inhibiting design or resulting in derivative solutions, a sound understanding of the site’s context can allow for an intervention which enhances its surroundings and is both distinctive and sympathetic.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Develop an understanding of the historic character and significance of a development site, in itself and in its wider context

  • Utilise these inherent assets of the site’s character, significance and context in generating design concepts

  • Ensure a design outcome which capitalises on and enhances the building’s context and contributes to public enjoyment of its location.

Speakers and sessions include:

  • Reading place: the impact of context on design: Peter Larkham, Professor of Planning, Birmingham School of the Built Environment, Birmingham City University; co-author, Shapers of Urban Form (University of Chicago)

  • Renewing place: the impact of design on context: Joe Holyoak, the Custard Factory, Birmingham

  • Design in context, a practitioner's view: Jon Phipps, Lathams

  • Building design in the context of the National Planning Policy Framework: Clive Fletcher, English Heritage

 The day will also include a practical charrette featuring a site in the city centre.

Further sessions in the series entitled 'Revealed' are:

  • 29 January 2015: Realising the value of character (Derby)

  • 5 March 2015: Bringing new life to historic fabric (Lincoln)

Make a note in your diary now and look out for further details!

English Heritage booking form (pdf 57kB)