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Modern crit to revisit original Cambridge College designs

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Contemporary architects including Alison Brooks and Clare Wright will take part in a crit revisiting the original 1959 designs for Churchill College, Cambridge

Completed in 1968, Churchill College was one of the first modern Cambridge Colleges.

Richard Sheppard, Robson & Partners, now known as Sheppard Robson, won the original competition to design Churchill College, beating three other practices: Chamberlin, Powell & Bon; Howell, Killick, Partridge & Amis; and Stirling & Gowan.

Now all four of the shortlisted designs will be debated in an updated crit in May, with each design championed by current architects.

Alison Brooks, director of Alison Brooks Architects, will present on behalf of the Howell, Killick, Partridge & Amis scheme; Elain Harwood of English Heritage will present Chamberlin, Powell & Bon’s scheme; Patrick and Claudia Lynch of Lynch Architects will present the Stirling Gowan scheme while Takeshi Hayatsu of 6a Architects will present on behalf of Richard Sheppard, Robson and Partners’ winning scheme.

The panel of critics will include Clare Wright, partner at Wright and Wright Architects; MJ Long, of Long & Kentish; Peter Carolin, former professor of architecture, Cambridge University; and David Dunster, professor of architecture at Liverpool University.

Guest speaker at the event will be Dr Mark Goldie of Churchill College, author of Corbusier Comes to Cambridge, and in attendance at the event will be Bill Mullins, the original project architect of Churchill College.

The event will be chaired by Paul Finch, editorial director of the AJ and will take place on Thursday 1 May 2014 at Pilbrow & Partners, 2-5 St John’s Square, London EC1M 4DE. More details can be found here.

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