Concrete Elegance:

Focus on Higher Education Buildings


Concrete Elegance brings together architects, engineers, developers and designers to share innovative ideas on contemporary concrete design. Join us on 2 December to learn about inspirational, world class, concrete architecture.


Saleem Jalil, Project Architect, Zaha Hadid Architects 
(Issam Fares Institute Building, Beirut)

Richard Jobson, Partner, Design Engine Architects 
(John Henry Brookes Building, Oxford Brookes University)

The Issam Fares Institute, American University of Beirut 
The IFI was established as a neutral, dynamic open space where people representing all viewpoints in society can gather and discuss significant issues, anchored in a long-standing commitment to mutual understanding and high quality research.

The existing campus combines buildings constructed in concrete throughout the 20th Century in a variety of revivalist and modernist styles with different cladding and rendering treatments.

The new concrete structure of the Institute building is in keeping with this tradition. Its form has been defined by the many routes and connections it makes within the campus and creates a forum for the exchange of ideas - a centre of interaction and dialogue - at the heart of the university.

The John Henry Brooks Building 
At the core of the buildings concept is the ambition to bring cohesion to a disparate campus, integrating existing buildings with new central student facilities. These links provide fluid movement across the new campus for the first time, where academic spaces co-exist with social areas for the enjoyment of students and staff alike.

The main university reception is housed within the John Henry Brooks building, which overlooks the forum space. The main entrance area is intended as a place to pause. It is at this point that visitors will be welcomed and, particularly during open days, it is important that there is a generous space for people to gather.

This talk is free to attend but please note that booking is essential.

This event is chaired by David Bennett and sponsored by The Concrete Centre, part of the MPA.