What Does it Take to Make a Building?

Join us for a live screening of a new film about the practice of Sarah Wigglesworth; followed by a panel discussion in which she is joined by architect Piers Taylor and filmmaker Jim Stephenson


05:30pm, Thursday, 28 January 2021


06:30pm, Thursday, 28 January 2021

All talks are free and accessible to everyone, but for security reasons, we do require attendees to have a registered Zoom account.

All times are stated in UK time (GMT)


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Join us for a live screening of 'What Does It Take to Make a Building’, the second in a series of intimate portraits filmed by Jim Stephenson with Piers Taylor in conversation with an architect, where they reflect on their practice, ideas, influences, education and future, through the lens of one of their seminal buildings.

This new film focusses on Sarah Wigglesworth who talks to Taylor about studying architecture at Cambridge in a context where women architects were rarely mentioned, and the development of her socially and environmentally minded practice which has been mainly lived out in the ground breaking house and studio ’Stock Orchard Street’ she designed and built with her partner Jeremy Till. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Sarah Wiggleworth, Piers Taylor and Jim Stephenson.



Sarah Wigglesworth

Sarah Wigglesworth is the director of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, which she founded in 1994. She has extensive expertise in green and sustainable design. Her work is characterised by careful theorising of the issues unique to each project and close engagement with clients and users. In 2003 she was awarded an MBE for her services to architecture and in 2010 was made a prestigious CABE Commissioner. She was awarded Royal Designer for Industry by the RSA in 2012. Sarah is aCABE Built Environment Expert, a member of the Oxford and Kingston upon Thames Design Review Panels and a member of the LLDC Quality Panel. She has a long standing relationship with academia and for 19 years was a Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield, where she led the DWELL research project designing exemplary neighbourhoods and housing for older people. 

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Piers Taylor

Piers Taylor is an architect and educator. He is principal of Invisible Studio and convenor of the Studio in the Woods.

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Jim Stephenson

Jim Stephenson is an architectural photographer and film maker based in the UK. Stephenson’s work is hallmarked by a keen eye for human interaction with architecture and the built environment, be it the occupation of space or the traces people leave behind. His photography and films lean to a looser, poetic documentary style and he has cultivated a meditative process allowing for the agility to document the small, fleeting moments of people and light in architecture. After studying Architectural Technology and working in practice in the UK and US, he turned to photography and film making.