double bill organised in conjunction with New Architectures : World Heritage [0728]

Main Lecture Theatre, Edinburgh College of Art
University of Edinburgh, 74 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9DF, See map here

5.30 – 6.30 pm

(followed by a wine and nibbles reception on the balcony of the Sculpture Court)

Challenging contemporary contextualism: The World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre at the British Museum 

John McElgunn, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

The talk will focus on the process of navigating the planning process and the heritage requirements for the erection of a contemporary building in a sensitive historic setting.  To illustrate the narrative the speaker will use the ‘World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre’, a recent extension to the British Museum, as an example to show how a strikingly contemporary building can be sensitively inserted into a conservation adjacent to Grade I listed buildings. The talk will look at colour, material choices as well as the scale and grain of the intervention.

John McElgunn originally qualified as an architectural technician before going on to study Architecture.  He studied in Cork, Canterbury and the Bartlett. After qualifying in 2001 John joined Richard Rogers Partnership (RSHP). He has worked on a number of high profile projects including the Leadenhall Building, Library of Birmingham, Neo Bankside and One Hyde Park.  Most recently he lead the team that delivered the £135m extension to the British Museum known as ‘the World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre’.  John McElgunn is currently working on a new storage facility for the Louvre called Centre de conservation du Louvre à Liévin.

e-pay Full series      £180 (45 students)
e-pay Individual masterclasses      £20 (£5 students)
Students must present a valid ID card at the door.

EVENTBRITE     UoE staff and students only (with valid ID card)