The annual Lignacite Lecture

A chance for guests in and around London to come and hear a topical discussion from some highly respected faces in our industry at an architectural icon in central London.

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The Lignacite Lecture 2018

Cultivated Land

Tuesday 16th October – 6.30pm – 8.30pm
followed by a reception
The Lilian Baylis Studio | Sadlers Wells Theatre | Clerkenwell | London | EC1R 4TN

A talk by Niall McLaughlin and Kim Wilkie

The mythical state of man living in nature never existed. We have always significantly altered and managed our landscapes for practical and symbolic reasons. We will explore the relationship between man and cultivated land, how this shaped our world and gave rise to the possibility of architecture. We will explore the future of our relationship with nature in these islands’.

Niall McLaughlin

Niall McLaughlin

Niall McLaughlin was educated in Dublin and studied architecture at University College Dublin. He worked for Scott Tallon Walker for four years and established his own practice in London in 1990. Niall designs buildings for education, culture, health, religious worship and housing. He won Young British Architect of the Year in 1998 and received the RIBA Charles Jencks Award for Simultaneous Contribution to Theory and Practice in 2016.

Niall exhibited in the Venice Biennale in 2016 and 2018.  

Niall is Professor of Architectural Practice at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Niall McLaughlin Architects recent project the Sultan Nazrin Shah Centre for Worcester College in Oxford has also been shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Stirling Prize.

Kim Wilkie

Niall McLaughlin

Kim Wilkie is a landscape architect and environmental planner with projects across the Americas to Europe and Russia. Kim’s first degree was history and he specialises in reading the patterns and stories of the land as inspiration for new design. Kim teaches at the University of California, Berkeley and has sat on a number of government bodies, including the Mayor of London’s Public Realm Advisory Group and the Royal Parks Advisory Board. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2002 and made a Royal Designer for Industry in 2009.

Current projects include the redesign of the grounds for the Natural History Museum in London and a new city for 250,000 people planned around 2 miles of agricultural terraces in the Omani desert.

Year Guest Speakers Topic Venue
 2017  Sir Jeremy Dixon, Peter Millican, Rob Harris Art and Acoustics  King’s Place, London
2016 Eric Parry RA and Vivien Lovell Collaborations in Art and Architecture Royal College of Physicians, London
2013 Professor Doug King Building on Evolution The Royal Society in London
2012 Michael Pawlyn Biomimicry and the Ecological Age Royal College of Physicians, London
2011 Roger Hawkins, HAWKINSBROWN
Julian Robinson, CROSSRAIL
The CrossRail Journey Royal College of Physicians, London
2009 Alex de Rijke – Architect
dRMM & Richard Woods – Artist
Truth to Materials and Other Untruths Royal College of Physicians, London
2007 Sean Griffiths
Erik Kessels
Crossing Borders Royal College of Physicians, London
2006 David Nelson
Per Arnoldi
Colour is Communication Tanaka Business School, Imperial College, London
2005 Sir Terry Farrell
Professor David Mach
The Relationship between Art & Architecture The Royal Institution of Great Britain, London
2004 Ken Shuttleworth
Roger Ridsdill Smith
High Society 30 St Mary Axe, London
2003 Simon Allford
Roger Zogolovitch
Rules of Engagement LSO St Luke’s Church, London
2002 Robert Emmerson
John McAslan
Less is More The Royal College of Surgeons, London
2001 Mark Whitby
Antony Gormley
The Art of Work The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, London
2000 Roland Paoletti
Chris Wilkinson
Web of Life Leiths, London Zoo, Regents Park