We Need To Talk: Symposium on Catalytic Climate Communication

Irena will be attending “We Need To Talk”, a symposium on catalytic climate communication organised by the Danish think tank “Monday Morning“.

Monday Morning initiate many projects to co-create new communications frameworks to overcome the challenge of complexity of issues such as climate change. One of these projects is Sustainia, of which this symposium is part, an innovation platform to enable companies across the world to work together and share ideas and actions that have a tangible approach to sustainability.

“We Need To Talk” will take place on the 7th of April in Copenhagen at the Carlsberg Academy.


4×4 Manchester /// Human City: A place to Change

On the 26th of March, Irena will be attending the talk “Human City: a place to Change” organised as part of the 4×4 Manchester series of events. She will be one of four speakers, each giving a 15min presentation followed by Q&A with the audience. Irena’s talk is titled “Be the change you want to see in the  world”.The event will start at 6pm, is free to attend and there’s no need to book. Details about the location and about all the other talks in this series can be found here.


Modelling Princess Building

Our Part II Architectural Assistant Guy has been modelling Princess Street with great accuracy and attention. Very kindly Platinum Print in Harrogate has allowed us to recycle their offcut cardboard, which has come in really handy!

Miasta Magazine : Irena discusses BLA’s work in homeless provision

For the launch of Polish magazine MiastaIssue #01 discussed topics on Housing and Housing provision in Poland. Irena was invited to discuss the work that we have undertaken in the past 10 years in designing and delivering new and refurbished homeless facilities schemes. Because in Poland homeless provision is under developed, Irena talked about our five projects in this area and our different approaches depending on the client’s requirements and phylosophy. The article is in Polish, the whole issue can be downloaded in PDF here.

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Marcus Westbury visits Sheffield /// Irena as guest speaker

Next week Marcus Westbury will be visiting Sheffield, guest at the University of Sheffield, to talk, discuss and share his work and experience of Renew Newcastle (Australia).

Irena Bauman has been invited to give a short presentation together with Marcus, John Burton ofUrban Space Management and Dough Francis of Artspace Lifespace Project, on Thursday 13 February at 6.30pm at Temper:Coffee. Details of Marcus’ main lecture “Iterative Cities: Renewal and Revitilisation from the Bottom Up”, on Tuesday 11 February, can be found here.

Our Garden Room CNC components have arrived!

This morning Matt and Pete arrived with a van full of our CNC fabricated components for our Garden Room. These are very exciting times, R&D (research & design) in action, we plan to also build it ourselves come spring. We will be sharing our experience via all our various social media channels and hope to be part of a larger conversation about mass bespoke and CNC production.


Newgate Market, York: First Public Consultation

We spent 3 days over the past weekend getting to understand the complex social, economic, management and physical systems that underpin the workings of the  Newgate Market in York. Many thanks to all the traders and members of the public who shared their knowledge and ideas with us. If you didn’t manage to make it tour stall you can still take part online at:http://www.york.gov.uk/info/200199/markets/253/newgate_market/3 (the consultation is now closed but you can read about the findings here). Please get back to us with your comments as soon as you can and no later than Monday 3rd February 2014. We will also be holding Open Surgeries every Monday from 17.30- 19.00 at 5 Silver Street project room throughout February and March- please come and talk with us.


Leeds Architecture Awards 2013

A big thank-you to the Homes and Communities Agency for nominating Tower Works at the 2013 Leeds Architecture Awards, which received the ‘Best Altered Building’ award last Thursday, 23rd of January. The standard was very high this year, including LILAC – the first UK example of affordable, ecological co-housing – which received a special commendation in the ‘New Building’ category. Congratulations also to Lathams Architects, whose 1991 conversion in central Leeds – the much-visited Victoria Quarter – won the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Architecture & Design in Leeds’ award.

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Recorded talks from “Urban Thresholds”: RIBA Research Symposium 2013

The RIBA, through their YouTube channel, have published online recordings of all the talks given at the RIBA research symposium “Urban Thresholds: Do urban thresholds help or hinder local resilience?” held last October in London. Amongst them, it’s Irena’s opening keynote, as convenor and chair, and Tom Vigar’s short presentation – together with Professor Bill Gething – on our recent Climate Change Adaptation Strategy research project. You can see and listen to Irena’s introduction here and to Tom and Professor Gething’s intervention here.


Princess Buildings, Halifax – Planning submission

We have submitted this week a Planning application for the Grade II listed Princess Buildings, in Halifax. The buildings are currently a series of disjointed cellular spaces with difficult access and circulation that don’t offer a good working environment. The proposal aims to reorganise and rearrange the interior spaces of the buildings, exposing the high quality heritage detailing, to rationalise its circulation by introducing a new atrium to the rear courtyard and to rebuild a 1960s extension to the main street, next to the primary facade.

Rochdale International Design Competition

We had the opportunity to enter and be part of the final 6 shortlisted entries, for a New Public Realm RIBA international competition in Rochdale Town Centre. It has given us the opportunity to get to know a really interesting Lancashire town with an amazing past and a bright future. We wish the winning team – Building Design Partnership – and Rochdale Council all the best in delivering a successful and long-lasting project.

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RIBA Journal January 2014

In this month’s RIBA Journal, our research project “Climate Change Adaptation Strategy” – commended in the RIBA President’s Awards for Research 2013 – was featured in the “Intelligence” section, where Irena describes the impact that the research has had on our practice as well as the new knowledge gained. The article, amongst others, is available online here.


Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and Good Health for 2014

From all at Bauman Lyons Architects 

(Office will be closed from 25th December and reopen 6th January 2014)


RIBA Research Symposium: Urban Thresholds

This year’s RIBA Research Symposium was convened by Irena Bauman on the subject of “Urban Thresholds – do they help of hinder local resilience”. The event had a fantastic line up of speakers, including Prof. Ann Powers for LSE, Prof. Danny Dorling of Oxford and Jan Gehl of Jan Gehl Architects. A Student Charette was held to explore the thresholds between RIBA Headquarters and Society. The photo here shows students in the RIBA council chamber during the tour of the building.

Silk Mill- Re:Make project

The re-making of the Silk Mill museum is in progress. Derby Makers delivered fabulous design ideas at the Half Scale Prototyping workshop on 12th of November but at FULL SCALE! The workshops are supported by the Silk Mill team working with artists-in-residence TILT and with matt Murphy from BLA providing workshop and CNC support. This is the first phase of a very ambitious HLF bid to restore the whole museum.



Derby Museum Silk Mill Visualisations

Our Architectural Assistant Guy has created these visuals to accompany Derby Museum Trust’s exciting HLF application for the redevelopment of Silk Mill – Derby’s first factory in the world! To find out more about Derby Musem see the official website here and their Tumblr blog, which is documenting the museum’s big plans, activities and changes: http://derbysilkmill.tumblr.com/


Value the Social: A voice for the future of practice

Irena will take part in an engaging free conference in London on Thursday the 21st of November, discussing “How can architects continue to promote a social awareness in design at a time when architecture is being increasingly taken over by the process and technology of building?”

Speakers also include:

Phil Coffey, Partner, Coffey Architects
Daisy Froud, Partner, AOC
Andrew Groarke, Partner, Carmody Groarke
Will Hunter, Deputy Editor, Architectural Review (Chair)
Roger Hawkins, Director, Hawkins\Brown
Nick Johnson, Partner, Nick Johnson Consulting
Satwinder Samra, Director Future Practice, The University of Sheffield

This event is free but registration in advance is essential – click here to book