Oliver Smith

Director
5th Studio

Speaking at: East England Roadshow - Cambridge - 22 October 2013

Before founding 5th Studio, Oliver had worked with James Stirling and then Sir Richard MacCormac on a number of international and national gallery, museum and higher education projects. For a period of over 12 years Oliver combined practice with studio teaching at the University of Cambridge School of Architecture – focussing on attitudes to materiality and construction. This research has been extended through the practice’s work to develop a critical approach to sustainable construction and in particular to the adaptation of existing fabric. Recent project work at 5th Studio includes the award-winning low-carbon projects at St Catharine’s College, Russell Street and the Wolfson Flats, Churchill College in Cambridge, which have established the practice’s reputation for innovative new build and retrofit housing. Current projects in Oxford, London, Norwich and Cambridge are developing this approach over a wide range of projects – at scales from minor works to campus master-planning, and include the highly-sustainable refurbishment of the Grade I listed buildings at New Court in Trinity College. Oliver was a founding Trustee and Chairman of shapeCambridge - the Architecture and Built Environment Centre for Cambridge and has been, since 2009 a member of the Cambridgeshire Quality Panel, advising on the sustainable growth within the city-region.

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