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.

Cities for Living; Buildings for Life

The Lignacite Lecture 2019

Wednesday 25th September – 6.30pm – 8.30pm
The Royal College of Pathologists | 6 Alie Street | London | E1 8QT

A talk by Rab Bennetts and David Partridge

The talk will be followed by a reception hosted by Giles de Lotbiniere, Chairman of Lignacite.

Speakers: Rab Bennetts, OBE, Bennetts Associates and David Partridge, Argent

Individual works of architecture need to function in themselves whilst often providing a backdrop to city life. Over more than 30 years Bennetts Associates has built a series of calm, well-crafted and sustainable projects that balance individuality with functionality, both for those who use the buildings and for people whose experience is subliminal. Over a similar period, developer Argent has invested in public realm first, ensuring that buildings play a supporting rather than dominating role. Rab Bennetts, founder of Bennetts

Associates, and David Partridge, managing partner of Argent for many years, will discuss how their similar approaches to architecture and urban design support the vitality of cities.

Rab Bennett, OBE

Rab Bennetts co-founded Bennetts Associates in 1987 with his partner Denise Bennetts.

The practice has since grown to around 80-strong with studios in London, Edinburgh and Manchester, and has won more than 150 awards.

In 2016 the practice became employee owned. Rab takes a personal, hands-on approach to projects and is keen to create a collaborative spirit throughout the practice’s activities. Current projects include the Facebook building at King’s Cross, Edinburgh Futures Institute, the Woolwich Creative District in London and a major commercial development at Bankside, London.

He is also involved in research projects, professional committees and construction education outside the firm.

Rab was a founder of the UK Green Building Council and is a Trustee of Sadler’s Wells Foundation. Rab was awarded the OBE for services to architecture in 2003.

David Partridge

David joined Argent in 1990, he was appointed Joint Chief Executive in 2006 and Managing Partner of the new Argent LLP in 2012 and is Joint CEO of the new Argent Related Partnership. He has overall responsibility for all Argent business, including structuring and establishing financial and management programmes. He oversees the sourcing, master planning, building design, financing and legal aspects for all projects.
David is Junior Vice President of the British Property Federation and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of UKGBC. He is a Past President of the British Council for Offices, was one of the founding members and now ex-Chairman of both the Piccadilly Partnership in Manchester and the King’s Cross and St Pancras Business Partnership Ltd and is ex-Chairman of CityCo in Manchester.
David read architecture at Cambridge and is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and has served on a number of RIBA practice committees.
In May 2015, David was awarded NW Insider Property Personality of the Year, and in April 2014, David jointly won the Property Week Personality of the Year Award with Roger Madelin.


How to find Room No 6 at the Royal College of Pathologists, 6 Alive Street, London E1 8QT

This newly built venue, which is also the premises of The Royal College of Pathologists, is located close to the City, just a short walk from Aldgate and Aldgate East tube stations, it is a well-connected and accessible venue.

The nearest tube stations are Aldgate (Metropolitan and Circle lines), Aldgate East (Hammersmith and City and District lines), and Tower Hill (Circle and District lines) and Tower Gateway (Docklands Light Railway). The nearest mainline stations are Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street which are approximately 10 minutes’ walk. The nearest airport is London City, approximately 35 minutes away by public transport. 

Register Your Interest

YearGuest SpeakersTopicVenue
2018Cultivated Land

Niall McLaughlin & Kim Wilkie

Sadlers Wells Theatre
 2017 Sir Jeremy Dixon, Peter Millican, Rob HarrisArt and Acoustics King’s Place, London
2016Eric Parry RA and Vivien LovellCollaborations in Art and ArchitectureRoyal College of Physicians, London
2013Professor Doug KingBuilding on EvolutionThe Royal Society in London
2012Michael PawlynBiomimicry and the Ecological AgeRoyal College of Physicians, London
2011Roger Hawkins, HAWKINSBROWN
Julian Robinson, CROSSRAIL
The CrossRail JourneyRoyal College of Physicians, London
2009Alex de Rijke – Architect
dRMM & Richard Woods – Artist
Truth to Materials and Other UntruthsRoyal College of Physicians, London
2007Sean Griffiths
Erik Kessels
Crossing BordersRoyal College of Physicians, London
2006David Nelson
Per Arnoldi
Colour is CommunicationTanaka Business School, Imperial College, London
2005Sir Terry Farrell
Professor David Mach
The Relationship between Art & ArchitectureThe Royal Institution of Great Britain, London
2004Ken Shuttleworth
Roger Ridsdill Smith
High Society30 St Mary Axe, London
2003Simon Allford
Roger Zogolovitch
Rules of EngagementLSO St Luke’s Church, London
2002Robert Emmerson
John McAslan
Less is MoreThe Royal College of Surgeons, London
2001Mark Whitby
Antony Gormley
The Art of WorkThe Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, London
2000Roland Paoletti
Chris Wilkinson
Web of LifeLeiths, London Zoo, Regents Park