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Design Abroad: Perspectives on Global Opportunities

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An evening of presentations and discussions exploring design journeys and collaborations overseas.

How important is it for designers and architects to experience different cultural environments? Can engaging with new design communities have an impact on practice, influence design methodologies and stir creative instinct?

A group of designers who have recently completed Churchill Fellowships overseas, in collaboration with the British Council, will reflect on their experiences abroad and discuss how these opportunities have shaped their practice.

This evening talk includes presentations from:

Architect and artist Alpa Depani, reflecting on the community-driven public spaces she encountered in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong; Assemble architect Maria Lisogorskaya, sharing insight into her research on collective building projects in USA and China; and Alexander Groves, of Studio Swine, will present his experience of travelling to Brazil to research design projects which promote sustainable products from the Amazon Rainforest.

This will be followed by a discussion chaired by Sarah Mann, Director of the Architecture Design Fashion at the British Council.


Alpa Depani
Alpa Depani is an architect and artist. She teaches on two BA Architecture courses and in 2017 was awarded a Travel Fellowship by WCMT and the British Council exploring community driven public space in New York, Tokyo and Hong Kong.

Maria Lisogorskaya
Maria Lisogorskaya is a co-founder of Assemble - working across architecture, design and art. Maria has also led a masters unit at Central Saint Martins, as well as lecturing internationally. She is a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust fellow, researching collective building projects in USA and China.

Alexander Groves
Alexander Groves is co-founder of Studio Swine, formed in collaboration with Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami. Their work explores themes of regional identity and the future of resources in the context of globalisation. They have exhibited at the V&A, the Pompidou Centre and the Venice Art Biennale.

Sarah Mann
Sarah Mann is Director of Architecture Design Fashion at the British Council where she is responsible for the strategy and creative direction of the Architecture Design and Fashion Team, creating links between designers and cultural institutions around the world.

Booking information:
Adult: £12
Student/Concession: £8
Members: £9