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Retrofit Tours: The Bartlett School of Architecture x Hawkins\Brown

Walking tour
Thu 4 Jul 2024, 10.30am-12pm

Retrofit Tours are a celebration of retrofitted buildings in the city of London. To bring to life the challenges of retrofit and showcase what is possible through collaboration, the Building Centre in conjunction with our partners, invites you to tours guided by the architects of some recently retrofitted buildings.  

Operating in different contexts, retrofitted to varying degrees and for various reasons, each tour will make plain what is possible when we choose to work with what we already have, adapting it to the needs of the users. Join us for a guided tour by the architects followed by time to ask your burning questions. 

Wates House, the home of The Bartlett School of Architecture, was dingy and cramped therefore, it did not reflect the creative goings on in the building and prevented the school from expanding.

Initially suggesting minor alterations Hawkins\Brown soon realised that a deep retrofit was key to resolving the school’s structural issues. After four years the school is now able to accommodate 1,000 staff and students, more than double its former capacity. The Bartlett is more interconnected, it can better facilitate socialising and collaboration and no longer detracts from the conservation status of the area.

Join us first, at the Building Centre to have a quick look around the Retrofit 24 exhibition. After, we will walk over to The Bartlett School of Architecture where Euan Macdonald and Tom Noonan from Hawkins\Brown will take us on a guided tour of the key areas of interest with time to ask questions.



 10.30am- Arrive at the Building Centre

Have a quick look around the Retrofit 24 exhibition

26 Store Street, London, WC13 7BT

10.45- Walk to The Bartlett School of Architecture

22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB

11am- Tour begins

12pm- Tour ends 


  • Tom Noonan (Partner- Hawkins\Brown) 
  • Euan Macdonald (Partner- Hawkins\Brown) 

Tom studied his undergraduate degree at the University of Nottingham and completed his masters at UCL.  After studying he spent some time working on art installations and small scale architecture projects, but soon returned to architecture after he was overcome by the drive to build. Having spent some time working as an architectural assistant in various companies, he joined Hawkins\Brown in 2010 in the same role and has worked his way up to Partner.  

Euan Macdonald studied architecture at Edinburgh. He has almost 20 years of experience of delivering award winning projects across a diverse portfolio encompassing residential, education, community, civic and arts projects. He has been a Partner at Hawkins\Brown since 2010 and in this role has overseen the renovation of existing buildings and the delivery of complex briefs. Euan is also a RIBA Advisor, Design Council Built Environment Expert and member of a number of Design Review Panels in London and the South- East. He is a regular guest critic and lecturer at several schools of architecture across the UK. 


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