Stephen Hodder MBE, the President of the Royal Institute of British Architects, will be making his only visit to Cornwall this March, where he will be hosted by Bude architects, The Bazeley Partnership before attending an RIBA commissioned exhibition at Bude Castle.
During Stephen Hodder’s visit, staff from The Bazeley Partnership will be able to discuss their aspirations for architecture in the region as well as key projects including their work on the £8 million re-development of Carbis Bay Hotel and the new eco-development of Atlantic View in Widemouth Bay.
Martin Back, Director of The Bazeley Partnership, said of the visit: “We’re very much looking forward to meeting Stephen Hodder at a time when our own community is carefully considering the development of its built environment. Our Practice has worked with communities and individuals in Cornwall for more than 100 years and it feels very special to be acknowledged for our contribution in this way.”
Stephen Hodder and Martin Back will then attend a Private Viewing of the “Spirit of Place” Exhibition at Bude Castle, which has been curated by Jonathan Ball MBE, local Bude architect and co-founder of The Eden Project.
The Bazeley Partnership has a long-standing history of working with Jonathan Ball, having merged with his Practice in 2001. Jonathan Ball is a celebrated Cornish architect, whose work asks people to “look again at the built environment and see the relationship between the natural and the manmade in a different light.”
The visit from Stephen Hodder and the exhibition present a great local opportunity to explore the relationship between people, place and architecture at a time when Bude and Stratton are developing their own neighbourhood plan.
Jonathan Ball, explains further: “Within the exhibition, there will be a space with a special focus and purpose as a large, white “Citizens’ Wall” which will be divided for interactive use into an area for adults and one for schoolchildren to comment on their feelings about Bude and its environment.”
RIBA President Stephen Hodder MBE said: ‘I look forward to my President’s visit to Cornwall to open the Spirit of Place exhibition curated by local RIBA Cornwall members and funded by the RIBA Local Initiative Fund and sponsorship from Ibstock Brick Ltd. I also look forward to meeting local architects, stakeholders and policy makers across the county over my two days, including a visit to Eden. The Royal Institute of British Architects is an organisation with global reach, and in the farthest West of the UK, it is fantastic to see the RIBA in partnership with others promoting the value of good design within the industry and to the public.’
The Spirit of Place Exhibition will run from 25th March – 11th April 2014 in the Willoughby Gallery at Bude Castle and is FREE to the public to attend.
Notes to Editors:
• The Bazeley Partnership Ltd is an award-winning, RIBA chartered architecture practice based in Bude, covering Cornwall, Devon and the wider South West. www.bazeley-architects.co.uk
• The Royal Institute of British Architects is the UK body for architecture and the architectural profession. They provide support for 40,500 members worldwide in the form of training, technical services, publications and events, and set standards for the education of architects, both in the UK and overseas. The RIBA also work with government to improve the design quality of public buildings, new homes and new communities. www.architecture.com
• Stephen Hodder was educated at the School of Architecture, University of Manchester, where he gained a Distinction in the Bachelor of Architecture degree. Following university he joined the Building Design Partnership in 1981 and became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1982. He has been in practice since 1983. He was awarded an MBE for services to architecture in the Queens Birthday Honours List in 1998.
• Jonathan Ball is the co-founder (with Sir Tim Smit) of The Eden Project and founder of The Great Atlantic Way, Cornwall. An RIBA chartered architect and writer, Jonathan was appointed MBE for services to architecture in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 1992.
• Martin Back is the Director of The Bazeley Partnership and an RIBA chartered architect with over 30 years experience in architecture. He is currently a Visiting Practitioner at the University of Plymouth’s School of Architecture and was nominated for a RIBA President’s Silver Medal in 2003.
For more information, please contact The Bazeley Partnership on: 01288 355557 www.bazeley-architects.co.uk