Andrea Stipa in Conversation with Carmody Groarke

16 February 2010, 7pm

Chaired by Ellis Woodman, Building Design

Following an inspirational opening to the London_Rome series with Alberto Iacovoni's first ever presentation in the UK, this week Andrea Stipa will showcase his Italian practice’s work alongside Kevin Carmody and Andy Groarke from the eponymous London practice. They will discuss their respective professional outputs and contributions to the London_Rome exhibitions at the British School at Rome last year, in a conversation chaired by Ellis Woodman, Deputy Editor at Building Design Magazine and architecture critic at the Daily Telegraph.

Having worked at the practices of Peter Eisenman and Massimiliano Fuksas and studied at Columbia, Stipa set up Andrea Stipa Architecture in 2000. In 2006, Soundscape, a masterplan for the conjectural city of Vema, was awarded the Giancarlo de Carlo prize at the 10th Venice Biennale of Architecture owing to its “combining a concrete and experimental research on urban territory with an intense and visionary approach ”. In addition to exhibiting, Stipa has designed and realized a strikingly diverse range of residential, public and commercial developments: a church in Siena, a remote check-in building for Torino airport, and a Stanley Kubrick inspired cinema which lies hidden within Rome’s historic centre. 

Established in 2006, Carmody Groarke reject predetermined architectural solutions to client briefs but place a strong emphasis on a critical design process within the studio. As a result of their process-led approach, the studio have been able to undertake projects of highly varied typologies. They designed the 7th July Memorial in Hyde Park , and the British Museum Skywalk during the 2008 London Festival of Architecture. They collaborated with both Antony Gormley on his Blind Light pavilion, and with Carsten Höller on the Double Club. Carmody Groarke’s Osnaburgh Street Pavilion has just opened. A major intervention in the public realm of Regents Place, the project was won through a two-stage competition run by The Architecture Foundation for British Land.

Image: Andrea Stipa, Milan

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