Mark Pearson, senior lecturer at Plymouth University School of Architecture, has landed the job of director of Bristol Architecture Centre and aims to take design to the public in a big way.
Pearson will replace Sasha Lubetkin in May. He said his appointment ties in with a three-year restructuring of the centre's education programme, to shift its orientation towards the public rather than the profession. 'It will involve everything from children right up to cpd level and is about getting the message across to the public,' he said. 'It is about explaining what we do without belittling people, but avoiding being too simplistic about design.'
The centre will advertise shortly for a part- or full-time education officer to work with Pearson on various initiatives, which are still being worked out.
The 38-year-old, who has worked at bdp and Allies and Morrison, will try to make architecture more relevant to other disciplines. He also aims to build bridges with the South-west Regional Development Agency. 'Bristol and Plymouth have a close geographical match with the agency. Architecture centres must have a regional as well as cultural role if they are to have true relevance to development and regeneration,' he said.
Pearson, who has been practising alongside his wife, Louise, as part of Pearson Lubbock Architects, will hand over its work to a local practice.