Lecture of Jonathan Sergison and Stephen Bates about the relationship between teaching and practice, current projects and central themes in their work in Harvard GSD.
With projects sensitive to place, experience, and environmental concerns, Sergison Bates has worked at scales from architecture to urban planning and regeneration, in the UK and Europe, since 1996. Among recent projects are a Centre for the Applied Arts in Ruthin, Wales; an urban housing development in Finsbury Park, London; a public library in Blankenberge, Belgium; a care home in Huise-Zingem, Belgium; the London Sustainable Industries Park in Dagenham; a rural housing project in Montemor-o-Novo, Portugal, and an apartment building and crèche in Geneva, Switzerland. Sergison Bates’s widely published work has been recognized with RIBA awards, an Erich Schelling Medal for Architecture, and a Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal for Architecture; the firm participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2008 and 2012. Jonathan Sergison and Stephen Bates hold the Dunlop visiting professorship in architecture at Harvard GSD in Spring 2014.The lecture will be in two parts: Stephen Bates will talk about the relationship between teaching and practice, while Jonathan Sergison will present current projects and central themes in their work.
Sergison Bates architects:
Established in 1996, Sergison Bates architects have earned a reputation as one of the UK’s leading architectural practices by successfully engaging with all dimensions of architectural and urban design. The main office in London is international in outlook and staff composition, and in 2010 a second office was opened in Zürich. Both offices are currently involved in a wide range of international projects ranging from urban planning to regeneration, public buildings, housing and private houses.
Sergison Bates’ projects are informed by a sensitive approach to place, the experiential potential of materials and construction and a concern for the environmental, social and economic aspects of sustainability. They aspire to create a design-led architecture that is contemporary and rooted in its context, at all scales, and are committed to a research-based approach, supported by the partners’ academic work.
The practice has won recognition from architectural critics and numerous national and international awards – among them the Erich Schelling Prize and Heinrich Tessenow Gold Medal.
The Harvard Graduate School of Design is dedicated to the education and development of design professionals in architecture, landscape, urban planning, and urban design. With a commitment to excellence that demands the skillful manipulation of form and technology and draws inspiration from a broad range of social, environmental, and cultural issues, the GSD is uniquely positioned to provide leadership for shaping the built environment of the 21st century.