Programme for 'Managing Contemporary and Historic Development and Design - Oxford'

We are delighted to announce this event on Wednesday 13 September in Oxford.

Managing Contemporary and Historic Development and Design - Oxford

Starting out from Kellogg College, this fascinating two-part walking tour and seminar is an opportunity to visit developments built over the last 10 years around Oxford in their historic urban context, and discuss ways of balancing historic and contemporary design.

It 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. The benefits of attending this seminar are:

  • 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.


10.30am  Walking Tour leaving from Kellogg College, led by Professor Steven Parissien, Director of Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park - looking at a range of contemporary architectural schemes in Oxford’s historic urban context:

  • The Passivhaus Hub, Kellogg College (by architects Feilden Clegg Bradley 2017);
  • Middle East Centre/ Investcorp Building, St Antony’s College (Zaha Hadid Architects 2015);
  • Mathematical Institute and Radcliffe Observatory Quarter (Rafael Vinoly Architects 2013);
  • Somerville College Student accommodation (Niall McLaughlin Architects 2013);
  • Blavatnik School of Government (Herzon & de Meuron 2016);
  • Rewley House/ Oxford University’s Department for Continuing Education (Bradley Burrell Architects 1986);
  • Sackler Library (Adam Architecture 2001);
  • Ashmolean Museum Extension (Rick Mather Architects 2009);
  • Gateway Building, St Antony’s College (Bennetts Associates 2013);
  • Denis Wilkinson Building/ Nuclear Physics Lab (Arup 1967);
  • Beecroft Physics Centre (Hawkins Brown 2017);
  • Donald Fothergill Building, Lady Margaret Hall (John Simpson Architects 2017).

12:30pm          Lunch at Kellogg College, including a visit to the Herbert Lane Library


1.30pm            Tea and coffee on arrival

2pm                 Welcome & The View from the Street, Louise Thomas, HTVF Director

2.15pm            Oxford: A Long Tradition of Patronage, Professor Steven Parissien, Director, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park

2.35pm            Conservation Principles and Tools, Michael Crofton-Briggs, former Head of City Development, Oxford City Council

2.55pm            Managing design in historic areas: lessons from elsewhere, Christina Duckett, Principal Conservation Officer, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, and Director, Hankinson and Duckett

3.15pm            Q&A

3.45pm             Tea and Coffee

4.10pm            The Role of Design Review in Historic Cities, Alan Berman, Oxford Design Review Panel

4.30pm            Balancing the Pressure for Growth – the view from the other side, Debbie Dance, Director, Oxford Preservation Trust

4.50pm            Q&A with panel discussion

6pm                 Close


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