IHBC South Branch on ‘Yearning for Timelessness…’: New architecture in historic settings, in talks and visits in Oxford, 26 Oct

buildingIHBC’s South Branch conference on October 26 will look at ‘Modern architecture in historic settings’ with expert talks and site visits offering top-notch CPD with exceptional settings at the IHBC’s familiar value that includes:

  • a specialist tour of Keble Triangle
  • Geoffrey Tyack, President, Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society, introducing ‘Modern Oxford’ and
  • Architect Sandy Wright on ‘Student accommodation in the 70s and 80s: The Last Building Boom in Oxford’
  • Debbie Dance OBE, Director of Oxford Preservation Trust, on 40 Years of OPT Awards.

IHBC South Branch Chair Jonathan Clarke said: ‘With a title adapted from Frank Gehry – ‘Architecture should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness’ – the IHBC’s Branch conference this year is all about exploring the difficult balance needed when adding and fitting in new architecture and buildings into historic settings.’

‘When it’s done well it contributes so much more than the sum of the parts, but when done poorly or unimaginatively not only does it look cumbersome and jarring it also diminishes the historic value of what was already there.’

‘As people with a passion for conserving historic buildings and their settings, this is very timely, not least given the huge development pressures that so many historic spaces are now under.’

‘Oxford provides a brilliant backdrop for such a conference and the walking tour after lunch around the Keble Triangle will highlight some of the many challenges not least the difficulties of maintaining and managing more recent additions in such historic settings.’

Speakers include:

  • Alan Berman
  • Geoffrey Tyack
  • Sandy Wright
  • Stuart Cade
  • Charles Hendry & Glen Williams
  • Debbie Dance


Introduction Jonathan Clarke Chairman IHBC
South Branch
Modern Buildings in Oxford – The Cambridge Approach Alan Berman Studio Berman
An introduction to Modern Oxford Geoffrey Tyack President of the Oxfordshire Architectural and Historical Society
Student accommodation in the 70s and 80s
The Last Building Boom in Oxford
Sandy Wright Wright & Wright Architects LLP


Inside Out – Outside In
MICA Work in Oxford
Stuart Cade Director of MICA Architects
Walking tour Keble Triangle Charles Hendry & Glen Williams Deputy Head of Conservation and Buildings

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40 Years of OPT Awards
Listed Buildings of the Future
Debbie Dance Director of Oxford Preservation Trust OBE, MSc, HonBUniv, FRICS, FSA, IHBC, RSA

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For more details see links to ‘Future Events’ from IHBC South Branch

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