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During this symposium, organised by the Centre for the Study of the Production of the Built Environment (ProBE), we will discuss the changing relationship between the role of the architect and building worker, as well as the role of labour in the production of architecture.


The symposium will feature 3 sessions with different themes and speakers, as below: 

Session 1: social and historical relations between building workers and architects

  • Labour and architecture – Christine Wall, ProBE at University of Westminster
  • The example of Qatar – Fran Tonkiss, London School of Economics
  • The socially engaged architect – Geraldine Dening, Architects for Social Housing at DeMontfort University Leicester
  • Design as part of the construction process – Jörn Janssen, European Institute for Construction Labour Research

Session 2: divisions between architects and building labour

  • Disputes and divisions between building workers and architects – Linda Clarke, ProBE at University of Westminster
  • The gap between site and design office – Colin Gleeson, Linda Clarke, ProBE at University of Westminster
  • Producing the West Bromwich temple: cultures of work and querying ‘history’ – Megha Chand Inglis, Cardiff University

Session 3: a future collaborative construction process

  • Breaking down barriers – Tessa Wright and Kath Moore, Women into Construction, Queen Mary, University of London
  • Low energy construction for design: the need for collaboration – Anne Thorne, Anne Thorne Architects
  • The changing role of labour  – Denis Doody, Union Of Construction Allied Trades & Technicians (UCATT) and Unite

Download the full programme (pdf)

Book your place

Book your free place by emailing Christine Wall at [email protected] or Linda Clarke at [email protected].