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Joanna Bacon / Allies and Morrison

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
October 4, 2017 - 5:30pm

Joanna Bacon will present a lecture "Home to City: The Architecture and Urbanism of Allies and Morrison" in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4. The talk is free and open to the public. A partner at Allies and Morrison, Bacon trained at the University of Cambridge, Robinson College, where she was tutored by Bob Allies. She joined the practice in 1988 and became a Partner of Allies and Morrison in 2001. Bacon was shortlisted for the Woman Architect of the Year Award in 2015.

In 1996, Bacon held a lectureship at Hong Kong University and worked in Shanghai. Since her return to Allies and Morrison in 1998, she has played a key leadership role in a number of significant projects, including leading the design team on the Royal Festival Hall and being the partner responsible for BBC Media Village in White City, which won a national BCO award.

Bacon has been involved in a number of the practice’s key education projects including the University of Cambridge Sidgwick Site masterplan and the construction of two buildings for the site, the Faculty of English and the Institute of Criminology.

Her more recent focus has been on large commercial schemes as well as hotel development within sensitive contexts. She is currently the project lead of a collaborative team for the 100 Bishopsgate tower, a speculative city tower delivering new public realm and just under a million square feet of new offices including a new building behind a retained facade on St Helen’s Place.

Bacon continues her role as managing partner of the practice. Allies and Morrison is an architecture and urban planning practice based in London and Cambridge.

About the lecture

Allies and Morrison is an architecture, urbanism and planning practice with a reputation for well-crafted buildings and thoughtful place making. Based in London, the practice works around the world with clients now from 15 countries. Particularly known for its work on many significant masterplans, Allies and Morrison have been entrusted with projects that have helped to shape London’s renaissance in the 21st century, including the redevelopment of King’s Cross, the 2012 Olympic Games and Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, as well as the second generation of Canary Wharf. In the UK the practice is noted for its portfolios in culture, higher education, infrastructure and housing having now received 41 RIBA Awards and being twice shortlisted for the Stirling Prize. Further afield, Allies and Morrison is designing urban projects in Doha, Beirut, Muscat, Rotterdam and North America – each project very different, but each rooted in the context of the particular place. 

Jo will talk about the scale of individual buildings that she has been involved with at the practice over the last 30 years.