Marking Grimshaw's 40th anniversary, the online event will explore the practice's legacy of delivering design that encompasses an innate respect for the fragility of the planet and its depleting resources, built on the foundation laid by founder Sir Nicholas Grimshaw.

This 90 minute virtual event will set the context for need for sustainable and regenerative design. It will chart Grimshaw's mission to design environmentally responsible buildings and infrastructure, and examine how current and future projects can adapt to and mitigate the immense challenges humanity faces.


Introduction to Grimshaw and the event: Matthew Utley (7 minutes)

Why net zero and regenerative design – Dr Paul Toyne (15 minutes)
Paul will explain the latest climate change science and introduce wider social and environmental themes that result in the need for a sustainable and regenerative approach that includes net zero carbon.

Grimshaw’s approach: a personal reflection – Andrew Whalley (20 minutes)
Andrew will explain the philosophy for Grimshaw’s early designs including Eden, Seville Expo and Southern Cross looking at how the practice incorporated ecology into its designs.

Grimshaw’s current approach and the future – Keith Brewis (20 minutes)
Keith will describe current design projects aiming for net zero carbon and wider regenerative design. He will look at practice principles drawing from examples around the worlds. (Oman BG, Expo, ASU & Monash (projects TBC))

Discussion - The moderator with the panel will explore some of the key themes from the presentations and their relevance to Dubai and the region. The audience will be able to ask questions through the moderator. (25 minutes)

Register via email here.

About Grimshaw

Grimshaw was founded by Sir Nicholas Grimshaw in 1980. The practice operates worldwide, across all major sectors with offices in London, Paris, New York, Los Angeles, Dubai, Melbourne and Sydney, employing over 650 staff. Grimshaw has been honoured with over 200 awards for its commitment to excellence and innovation, including ‘Practice of the Year’ and ‘Building of the Year’ at the 2019 AJ100. In 2019, Founder Sir Nicholas Grimshaw was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

The practice’s work is characterised by strong conceptual legibility, innovation and a rigorous approach to detailing, all underpinned by the principles of humane, enduring and sustainable design.