Foreground Activity, Background Architecture & Heritage

Tuesday 13 November 2018, 5.30PM to 18:45

Speaker(s): Simon Baker

The emerging role of the architect relies on establishing the right relationship with the client, one which embraces the evolution of ideas and the search for possibilities. This stands in opposition to the description and translation of an already formulated solution - a further iteration of a well-established tradition in designing and planning space.

Group Ginger is an architecture practice which identifies alternative ideas for the benefit of their host; opportunities which amplify development potential and celebrate activity.  Common to the work is an objective to push beyond the architectural object and explore the potential of creating social spaces, focused on place-making and experience; foregrounding activity and pushing architecture, heritage and conservation to the background. 

Simon Baker founded Group Ginger Architects in 2014 to establish an architecture practice offering an accessible and engaging design studio which focuses on place, identity and distinction. Group Ginger were named best Small Project Architect 2018.  Simon graduated from the Architectural Association, School of Architecture in 1995. He has worked as a director in architectural practices with Piers Gough, Terry Farrell and Laurie Chetwood.

He has extensive architectural and urban design experience delivering projects of all scales and in numerous sectors. Simon teaches at Sheffield University where he runs a research by design Diploma Studio. He is a Built Environment Expert for Design Council CABE; a design review panellist for Yorkshire and Humber and is a trustee of the Architecture Centre for the Leeds City Region.

Location: K/159

Admission: Free and open to all

Email: ade506@york.ac.uk