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Retrofit Meets: Natural Materials

Event video
Wed 7 Jun 2023, 6-7.30pm

Retrofit Meets is an in-person series of panel events that connects people through themes and topics relevant to the deep retrofit of homes at scale. Produced as part of Retrofit 23 and taking place on Wednesday evenings at the Building Centre, this series showcases research and ideas on the residential retrofit challenge. The panels feature guest speakers presenting a project or provocation, followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Join us for these thought-provoking sessions and meet and share with others involved in the retrofit puzzle. 


Natalie Black of Enbee Architecture and Design showcases examples of retrofitting older properties with natural materials. She explores and puts into practice innovative ideas and uses a pallet of low-carbon natural materials to reduce the energy loss of buildings, create healthy indoor environments and minimise the impact of building work 

Ewald Van Der Straeten of Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects then explores eco-aesthetics and invite attendees to think about how to make retrofit sexy.There will be time for a lively debate and discussion chaired by architect and academic Giles Bruce of A-Zero Architects, whose project Highgate House is featured in the Retrofit 23 exhibition.  

About our speakers 

Natalie Black of Enbee Architecture and Design specialises in sustainable architecture and retrofit. She is keen to retrofit beautifully to add visual appeal to her work, to assist any proposal in getting through planning as well as the enjoyment of the refurbishments and extensions. She is keen to set up templates for how this can be done at scale across beautiful period properties. Enbee Architecture and Design is based in Herne Hill and is involved in projects locally and across London. 

Ewald Van Der Straeten is the Director of Bradley Van Der Straeten, a chartered architecture practice based in North London. Combining creativity and attention to detail, their professional service makes the process of building simple and enjoyable. They specialise in remodelling and extending existing homes. They love creating colourful, fun and liveable spaces, that represent the people who live in them.


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