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AAA Special Talk: The Imperative of Place: JL1701

Julian Lipscombe
Formal CPD
2 Hours - FORMAL
Duration: 01:12:02
For Bennett’s Associates, the evolution of their approach to urbanism has been characterised by two themes: a preoccupation with human scale in the city and a drive to achieve directiveness of place. 
They are determined to resist the cult of ‘object’ buildings that relegate the space occupied by the city’s inhabitants as being of secondary importance. 
They also strive for developments, places and cities that are identifiably connected to context, be it cultural, historical or environmental and reject the ever more depressing tide of globalised architecture that has swept the planet in the three decades they have been practicing.
This talk by Julian Lipscombe is a part of their story.
At the completion of this course you will:
  • Understand the work scope of Bennett's Associates in the UK and Europe
  • Appreciate the benefit of a long standing and well communicated design philosophy within the firm
  • Gain an insight into the ‘Imperative of Place’ as an overriding outcome which drives design
  • Learn from the experience of this firm in the practice of observation and the importance of human scale
  • Be able to compare some of the outcomes illustrated with similar opportunities in your own built environment.

Recognised by the NSW ARB, ARB of Victoria, BA of Qld, AB of WA, Work Stds Tas, APB of SA, PIA, AILA & BDA



    Director, Bennett's Associates (UK)

    BArch(Hons) DipArch RIBA

    Julian has been at the heart of Bennett's Associates’ evolution during his 24 years with the practice. He has a broad range of skills across a variety of project types, with recognised expertise in master-planning, low carbon design, public sector estate rationalisation and transportation. 

    Current commitments include major urban design commissions for Manchester City Council and a prestigious facility for Jaguar Land Rover in Warwickshire. Previous key projects include award-winning headquarters for various clients (such as PowerGen, John Menzies and Hampshire County Council), new buildings for St Antony’s College, Oxford, a series of schemes at King’s Cross and 14 surface stations for Crossrail. 

    Julian is an acknowledged public speaker with regular engagements in the UK and abroad. Outside of work, he has spearheaded a series of community projects connected to education and youth sport.