Principal and Creative Director of Alison Brooks Architects in London, Alison Brooks is recognized as one of the leading architects of her generation. Her approach to building emerges from extensive research, with each project expressing a specific response to place, community and landscape. Since founding her practice in 1996, she has produced an outstanding portfolio of projects that range from urban design and housing to buildings for education and the arts.
Her most Instagrammed project to date is The Smile, a landmark project for the 2016 London Design Festival installed at Chelsea College of Art and a showcase for the structural and spatial potential of cross-laminated American tulipwood.
Measuring 34 meters in length, the enterable pavilion was double cantilevered with upturned ends, giving it the shape of a rocking chair glider, or as its name suggests, a wide grin.
Acclaimed for the sculptural quality of her work and its ingenious detailing, no other project exemplifies these traits quite like the spectacular Cohen Quadrangle for Exeter College, Oxford, completed in 2017.
The building is organized around two new courtyards connected by a three-dimensional ambulatory. A multi-level common space is at the centre of the S-shaped plan and opens onto both courtyards. Its over-riding concept, of a “scholarly home,” is characterized by an all-embracing curved roof.
AZURE Talks and Architect@Work are proud sponsors of Brooks’ lecture, “Experimental Archetypes and the New Civic,” which will highlight the best of her award-winning practice. It will also cover topics that interest her the most, including the resurgence of building craft, housing as advocacy, and the rise of timber in architecture.
Brooks will be speaking on Thursday, April 12, 2018, 3pm, at the Enercare Centre 100 Princes’ Blvd., Toronto. Tickets are free, though attendees are required to register here, using code 18000.
This lecture qualifies for one ConEd structured learning hour (a certificate will be provided upon request, post-event, by email).