Ali is a Principal Engineer and Partner at Max Fordham with 14 years experience in environmental engineering on a vast range of education and cultural buildings as well as private houses.
He was the lead engineer on the RIBA award-winning Passivhaus project, Max Fordham House, a private home in a conservation area in Camden. He lectures part time at UCL School of Architecture teaching environmental design.
Amrita Mahindroo co-founder of DROO – Da Costa Mahindroo Architects that bridges urban design and research. She has a breadth of experience in both private and public sector projects with a particular focus on Collective Housing projects, mixed use programs in hospitality, contemporary art museums and urban regeneration plans.
Fran Williams is the Architects' Journal's Technical Editor and Deputy Architecture Editor. Before joining the AJ at the end of 2018, Fran was working as an architectural assistant for various practices in London including Gort Scott, Jestico +Whiles and Sarah Wigglesworth Architects.
David is responsible for the quality of Peabody’s development programme across its four main operating regions covering London and northern Home Counties. His team facilitates the design, procurement, construction and handover of safe, sustainable, inclusive, viable and desirable new homes and neighbourhoods which people are proud to live in. David trained as an architect in Dublin and Edinburgh.
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Max Fordham is calling on architects to re-imagine the future of neighbourhoods in the face of the climate and biodiversity emergency.
The environmental engineering firm and its eponymous late founder designed Max Fordham House, the UK’s first net zero residential home in Camden, north London. As part of a retrospective exhibition to celebrate Max and the practice, the firm is inviting architects to build on their founder's legacy by illustrating a vision for the UK's first net zero neighbourhood.
Max Fordham House was a massive step forward for sustainable residential design. The brief is for designs that build on these lessons and address both the need to reduce emissions and contribute to improved well-being in our towns and cities. As a mix of residential, commercial and retail buildings, green and public spaces and supporting infrastructure, the net zero neighbourhood presents the opportunity to create resilient, people-centred places.
Seven practices will be shortlisted to pitch their vision to a panel including
Ali Shaw, Max Fordham
Sunand Prasad, Penoyre Prasad
David Stronge, Peabody
Amrita Mahindroo, DROO Architects
Fran Williams, Architects’ Journal
The Pitch will take place on March at the Building Centre as part of the exhibition on Max Fordham’s life and legacy.
The pitch presentation should:
· Be an aspirational design for an urban extension adjacent to an existing development for approximately 500 people
· Question the status quo and demonstrate inventiveness in approaching the challenges posed by the climate emergency (such as extreme temperatures, energy crisis, droughts etc)
· Showcase how the design fits into the circular economy
· Utilise existing buildings and demonstrate how they will be adapted and retrofitted for new uses
· Explore the opportunities and efficiencies that can happen with economies of scale on a neighbourhood level
· Be grounded in real world constraints and parameters
· Illustrate a flair for “beautiful engineering” and elegant design rooted in sustainable design principles
The winning architect will be awarded £2,500.
Applying to the Architect Pitch
If you would like to apply, please fill in the form by February 15
Successful architects will be contacted by email immediately after the shortlisting stage.
The Pitch may be filmed.
To apply to be in the audience, please go to Ticket Tailor.
A video of the last Architect Pitch can be watched here