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Wednesday 24th June 2020 

10.00am UK


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What is meant by C2C and the circular economy, and how does that concept mesh with current practices in construction and property?



Chair: Ruth Slavid

Architectural Writer and Editor

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Ruth Slavid is a freelance writer, editor and consultant who specialises in architecture, landscape and lighting. Ruth worked for The Architects’ Journal for 15 years. Since becoming freelance in October 2008, she has written for a wide range of magazines and organisations, as well as chairing conferences, judging awards, lecturing, giving CPD sessions and leading an architectural walk. She is the author of nine books on architecture

Ruth has a degree in metallurgy and materials science from the University of Cambridge. For five years she edited Landscape, the journal of the Landscape Institute. She is a regular judge on the Wood Awards, having become something of a specialist in wood architecture


Maria Smith

Director of Sustainability, Buro Happold

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Maria is a multi-award winning architect, engineer, writer, and curator, working across disciplines to bring the built environment in line with planetary limits.

Maria joined Buro Happold from Webb Yates Engineers in 2020, where she was a Director focused on sustainability and transdisciplinary practice. She brings fifteen years’ experience leading multi-award-winning architecture and engineering practices – from art and architecture practice Studio Weave, Interrobang Architecture and Engineering and Webb Yates Engineers.

She is a nationally elected member of the council of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a trustee of the Architecture Foundation, and on the steering committee of Architects Declare. In 2017 she was appointed a Design Advocate by the Greater London Authority where she serves on the Ecological Urbanism Sounding Board and advised on the development of the Circular Economy Guidance document. Maria was also chief curator of “Enough: The Architecture of Degrowth”, the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennale that explored how architecture can establish the conditions for an economy based on social and ecological flourishing.

Maria has written for newspapers and magazines including the Financial Times, the Architectural Review and RIBAJ, where she was a columnist for five years. She co-founded the international series of politics and architecture debates Turncoats, and frequently speaks at universities, conferences, and events on sustainability, architecture and the interconnectedness of the ecological crisis and our economy.

Maria studied architecture at the University of Bath, TU Delft, and London Metropolitan University. She studied engineering at the Open University and believes that integrating the skill sets of architecture and engineering offers a stronger position from which to address the issues of our age.


Marco Abdallah

Head of Engineering UK, Drees & Sommer

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Marco Abdallah studied Energy Technology und Economy in Ulm, Germany and Waterloo, Canada. He started his career at Drees & Sommer Stuttgart in 2011 in the Energy Design and Energy Management Team. Later he headed the MEP Engineering team in China and worked on projects such as the Schindler City in Shanghai, the BMW R&D Center in Beijing and the Novartis Research Campus in Shanghai. Marco Abdallah is Head of Engineering at Drees & Sommer UK since 2019.


Duncan Baker-Brown

Senior Lecturer University of Brighton and Co-Founder BBM Sustainable Design

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Duncan Baker-Brown is an architect, academic and environmental activist. Author of ‘The Re-Use Atlas: a designer’s guide towards a circular economy’, he has practised, researched, and taught around issues of sustainable development for more than 25 years. He has worked on projects as diverse as 'The Greenwich Millennium Village' in London, the RIBA’s ‘House of the Future’, the multi-award-winning ‘Brighton Waste House’ and a new building for Glyndebourne Opera that will be constructed from waste flows identified on site.

Duncan is currently the Principal Investigator for two EU Interreg research programmes focussing on the re-use of construction waste, building deconstruction/ re-construction. He is curating a summer school for August 2020 that will be based in Brighton. It will ask teams of students from across Northern Europe to focus on re-working material from de-constructed buildings in the neighbourhood. Called the ‘School of Re-construction’ Duncan is working on this project with Rotor DC from Brussels, Bellastock from Paris, together with Brighton & Hove City Council.

Duncan curates the annual ‘Waste Zone’ at FutureBuild; a three-day symposium and exhibition focusing on discussing many of the most pressing issues presenting the emerging concept of Circular Cities. It involves over 50 invited speakers including Prof. Walter Stahel, Prof. Michael Braungart, Dr. Zoe Laughlin and Prof. Mark Miodownik.

Research - https://research.brighton.ac.uk/en/persons/duncan-baker-brown

Practice - https://bbm-architects.co.uk/category/news/

Recent Waste House News - www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-46289234

Awards - https://bbm-architects.co.uk/awards/

TEDx Talk - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWUpV6J1JN8 aj100

Talk ‘Wake Up!” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egvoJv9NwiY


Sunand Prasad

Principal, Penoyre & Prasad

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Sunand co-founded the practice with Greg Penoyre in 1988. He now shares its leadership and design direction with four other Principals. He has played a central role in the design, procurement and delivery of the majority of Penoyre & Prasad’s 300 plus projects of many types across commercial and public sectors.

Sunand is committed to engaging with the wider design and construction industry, providing thought leadership on current issues such as the circular economy, co-creation and valuing design. He has led the development of the studio’s healthcare architecture, recognised for its innovative patient-centred and urban approach.

While President of the RIBA from 2007 to 2009, Sunand was voted one of the Independent’s top 100 environmentalists for his work in ‘greening the RIBA’. He has served in several key advisory and policy positions, and has regularly chaired Design Review Panels for high profile projects around the UK. He is a London Mayor’s Design Advocate, a board member of the UKGBC, Chair of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Architecture and of Article 25, the humanitarian architecture charity. He has recently been appointed a specialist advisor to support specific aspects of the Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission.

Sunand has authored many books, articles and broadcasts on architecture, sustainability, retrofit, hospital design and urbanism. He has been cycling round London for 40 years, sometimes taking part in long rides such the 1,500km Cycle to Cannes relay.




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