Managing Contemporary and Historic Design and Development - Oxford, Tour and seminar on Wednesday 13 September 2017

The city of Oxford is known world-wide for its historic built environment, shaped largely by the architecture of its university and 44 colleges.  With a long tradition of patrons supporting remarkable buildings, this trend continues today and provides fascinating exemplars for how to manage historic environments and embrace challenging new architecture.

This two-part walking tour and seminar is an opportunity to visit developments built over the last 10 years in their urban context, and discuss ways of balancing historic and contemporary design.

The day will be useful to local authority officers and councillors with planning and design portfolios, conservation officers, developers, architects, urban designers and planners in private practice, town and parish councillors, and civic society members. 

Speakers will include:

  • Steven Parissien, Director, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, who will also lead the walking tour
  • Michael Crofton-Briggs, Oxford City Council's former Head of City Development
  • Alan Berman, Panellist, Oxford Design Review Panel
  • Debbie Dance, Director, Oxford Preservation Trust
  • Christina Duckett, Principal Conservation Officer, Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council

This event offers:

  • A first-hand appreciation of contemporary development within an historic setting

  • An understanding of how planning guidance and decision-making frameworks are established and used

  • The opportunity to discuss guidance and its interpretation with key figures in the city

  • An awareness of the main issues for guiding and promoting good contemporary design

  • An appreciation of key conservation and urban design principles

  • Greater confidence in decision-making on design in historic places or conservation area settings.


The programme for the day is now available below, and tickets range from £35-120 and so please book your place at:


We look forward to seeing you then!

The HTVF Team