The Only Way Is Up – Contemporary Architecture In Confined Spaces

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A FREE CSES talk for the public by Richard Cottrell of the multi-award winning practice - Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture.


Since their foundation in 1992 Cottrell and Vermuelen Architecture has forged an ever growing reputation for innovative, colourful and sustainable design. From primary schools with no green spaces to the historic grounds of Brentwood School and Cambridge University, from churches to exhibitions and everything between, CVA have brought their experience and imagination to produce award winning buildings that will stand the test of time.

When space is at a premium imaginative design is imperative to make the most of what is available. In this talk Richard will show us examples of working with "infill sites" in Southwark and elsewhere. He will talk about the processes, from consultation to delivery, on projects as diverse as boatyards, community housing and schools and tell us what works and what doesn't.

Take a look at some of the work of Richard and his colleagues HERE

Richard Cottrell co-founded Cottrell and Vermeulen Architecture with Brian Vermeulen in 1992. The practice has focussed upon work in the education and community sectors and is one of only six architectural practices selected to work on the DfES Schools for the Future project. CVA has received multiple awards since it was established which include 5 RIBA Awards, RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2002, RIBA Journal Sustainability Award 2002, BD Education Architect of the Year 2011 and 2016, and most recently the BD Education Architect of the Year 2018, and winner of the prestigious BD Architect of the Year Gold Award 2016.

Richard oversees the design and direction of all projects in the office and he has delivered a number of award winning and shortlisted projects for Cottrell and Vermeulen. These include Lyndhurst Primary School, Sacred Heart School, Broadway School – Building Schools for the Future programme, Westborough Primary School Zero-Carbon exemplar project , Royal London Hospital Children’s Play Space, Bellenden Primary School and Compass Academy.

Richard has lectured widely in the United Kingdom on the subject of education and he continues to be involved in teaching. He has run the Cottrell and Vermeulen Diploma and Undergraduate Architecture studio at CASS London Metropolitan University since 2009 and has been an external examiner for University of Cambridge Department of Architecture, the University of East London and is currently external examiner at Southbank University. Richard sat on Design Excellence in North Kent review panel 2008 and Lewisham Design Review Panel in 2013 and 2017, and is currently a member of the Southwark Panel and chair of Harrow Design Review Panel.

Richard received a BSc (Hons) in Architecture from the Polytechnic of North London in 1985 and his Post Graduate Diploma in Architecture with Distinction in 1989 from the Polytechnic of East London. He obtained his RIBA Part 3 in1999 from South Bank University.

Refreshments will be available from 30 minutes before the advertised start time.


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11 October 2023 from 19:00 to 21:00
Anglia Ruskin University (Room QUE 101)
Queen's Building
Bishop Hall Lane
United Kingdom
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