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Housing: how architects can design for wellbeing and equality

Wed 6 Dec 2017


Solutions to the housing crisis are political and complex with change needed at policy level as well as across the building industry. However, debates often exclude the role of the architect. This event will explore how architects can be actively involved in addressing issues of inequality and disparities of wellbeing in the built environment through housing design and provision.

Architects Peter Barber, Alex Ely and Sarah Wigglesworth will talk about their approaches to human-centred design and concerns for wellbeing. The speakers will shed light on the positive agency an architect can have and will consider what must be addressed for such approaches to have a stronger influence on housing provision and wider architectural practice.

The individual presentations will be followed by a chaired panel discussion and audience Q+A. 



Peter Barber, director of Peter Barber Architects

– Alex Ely, principal of Mæ Architects

– Sarah Wigglesworth, director of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects

Chair: Peg Rawes, co-author of Equal By Design and Professor of 
Architecture and Philosophy at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL



The event will start at 6.30pm. Please arrive 15 minutes early for registration. 



These architects, whose work is on display as part of the Making Wellbeing exhibition, contributed to the Equal By Design film project from which the event takes precedence. The film argues that housing design is intimately concerned with the ethical creation of wellbeing and diverse and equitable societies. It shows that these values are currently under significant political, economic and social pressure in the UK. 

This event is part of the Making Wellbeing event series curated by The Built Environment Trust.

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