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Bristol relaunches architecture centre

The Architecture Centre in Bristol has been relaunched following a major overhaul of its Harbourside home and the arrival of a new programme manager and centre head

Christine Davis, the former project manager at the city’s Create Centre, has joined as the organisation’s manager, while associate editor of the Architectural Review Rob Gregory has become the new programme manager. 

Housed in an 18th century warehouse, the centre has recently launched its new business associates scheme, which invites local businesses to invest in its work and already includes signatories Aardman Animations and Burges Salmon Solicitors.

David Mellor, chair of the board of trustees at the Architecture Centre, said: ‘We’ve already a great supporter base of architects and engineers but we’re now looking to engage a wider cross section of Bristol.

‘The built environment affects everyone and we want the business associates scheme to reflect that.’

Describing the revamp, Mellor added: ‘Our new ground floor gallery brings the centre’s exhibitions, resources and information closer to the public passing by on the Harbourside.

‘We’re drawing in even more people and  getting Bristol talking about the buildings they pass every day and the public places they inhabit. Bristol has some fascinating architecture – there’s a lot to get excited about.’

The relaunch was marked with the unveiling of a new exhibition Bristol: Retrofit City which looks at Bristol’s future as a sustainable city.

On 7 June, the centre will hold an event to discuss the content of the show and to consider the future of the City and Region. Bristol mayoral candidate and former RIBA president will lead the discussion and the talk will be chaired by Chair of Design Council CABE, Paul Finch.


Comment from Richard Rogers, a patron of the Architecture Centre

‘Bristol was one of the first Architecture Centres in the UK. Since its inception it has been deeply engaged with all those who influence our built environment to seek better buildings and places. At a time when our cities face so many challenges it’s encouraging to see the Centre is launching a new phase and I wish it every success with its future development.’


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