Form & Function - 3rd Ian Constantinides Memorial Debate

Third Annual Ian Constantinides Memorial Lecture & Debate. Form & Function: four of the UK's leading experts in architecture and conservation debate which building in the South West of England is most perfectly fit for purpose?


Each speaker will put forward a particular building in the South West which perfectly represents the marriage of form and function and is therefore most brilliantly fit for purpose.

We will not reveal which buildings have been chosen until the night, but each proponent will present his/her choice and you, the audience, will be called upon to vote at the end of the debate, to decide which building (and which speaker?!!) best embodies the happiest blend of form & function.

Our speakers are:

George Ferguson CBE PPRIBA, Past President RIBA (2003/5) and first elected Mayor of Bristol.

In the 90’s he developed the Tobacco Factory as Bristol’s second theatre and multi-use project, which has acted as a catalyst for regeneration in South Bristol and a model for culture led city regeneration.

He has an international profile as an advocate for liveable cities and the global environment and has represented the European Commission, Eurocities, and others, including at Paris COP21 and at the G7 2016 summit in Japan. He is on the advisory boards of Metropolis and the Indian Urban Innovation Fund.

Henrietta Billings: is the Director of SAVE Britain's Heritage, a national charity and campaigning organisation. SAVE has used the power of public opinion, the press, and the threat of legal action, to rescue a series of major buildings from demolition and decay as well to fight for numerous local landmarks. Many of SAVE's campaigns have altered the way legislation now protects our built heritage.

Henrietta has worked in the planning and heritage sectors for over ten years. Previously she was Senior Conservation Adviser for Twentieth Century Society. Henrietta is a chartered town planner and has a background in journalism.

Trevor Proudfoot: trained as a stone mason under John Bysouth in North London during the 1970s. Bysouth’s was an acclaimed workshop training many who now flourish in the conservation of stone and plaster.

While repairing and rebuilding the Bristol Cross at Stourhead in the 1980s, Trevor was recruited by the historian David Winfield to set up the Statuary Conservation Workshop at Cliveden for the National Trust.

He became Adviser for stone and plaster conservation to the National Trust in 1986. His workshops at Cliveden, and later in Somerset (Ammerdown) and Norfolk (Houghton) became independent at the time of the Uppark restoration in 1991. Trevor and his workshops remain closely tied to the National Trust.

Kimberly Reczek: specialises in the conservation of historic decorative surfaces.

Originally from Chicago, she trained at City & Guilds Arts School from 2008-11, hungry for the urbane riches of a world capital after 15 years of working in the tempestuous Balkans.

Her recent projects include many within the Palace of Westminster (The Great Hall, The Royal Gallery and The Sovereign’s Robing Room), Nelson's Pediment at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, The Apothecaries Hall, The Royal Artillery War Memorial, The Chindit Memorial, The National Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Wellington Statue, and The Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as numerous smaller conservation projects in churches and chapels around London.

Her previous experience includes conservation projects in World Heritage Sites in Albania and Afghanistan, including the creation of the Castle Museum and the restoration of 16th Century Ottoman Merchant Tower villas in Gjirokastra, and the restoration of the Great Serai in Kabul with the Turquoise Mountain Foundation.

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