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Join us at the LSA’s show & tell social at the Design Museum – 19 May

Joseph Walsh Studio by ID_DO, one of five innovators from the LSA Practice Network who will present at the event
Joseph Walsh Studio by ID_DO, one of five innovators from the LSA Practice Network who will present at the event

What are the important issues that emerging architects are wrestling with today? From kick-starters to civic architecture, what does the profession look like today for a 21st century architect.

Meet Sarah Castle, IF_DO, who is passionate about advancing opportunities for women in architecture and construction; Chris Romer-Lee, Studio Octopi, who worked on a campaign to re-introduce swimming in the River Thames; Katy Marks, Citizens Design Bureau, project architect on the Stirling Prize-winning Everyman Theatre; conservation specialist Sophie Goldhill , Liddicoat & Goldhill; and Lionel Real de Azua, Red Deer, who explores surrealism and architecture.

All of the featured architects will deliver short presentations followed by a Q&A. IF_DO is a young architecture practice with a big ambition — to work strategically to deliver larger scale sustainable projects. Meanwhile, practices like Studio Octopi have developed an incredibly diverse portfolio since 2003 and self-initiated community projects are pivotal to the practice’s development.

Other practices are fostering entirely new ways of working, Citizens Design Bureau are a multi-disciplinary team of architects, social entrepreneurs, product designers and makers. Meanwhile, a focus on the artisanal and the collaborative frames the work of Liddicoat and Goldhill while a preoccupation with the unexpected is the driving force behind the work of Red Deer.

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Sarah Castle studied architecture at the University of Edinburgh and currently teaches at the University of Brighton. She is the co-founder of IF_DO and has worked at a number of practices in London, Paris and New York. Sarah believes passionately about advancing opportunities for women in architecture and construction.

Chris Romer-Lee co-founded both Studio Octopi and social enterprise Thames Baths. A highly experienced architect with numerous residential, cultural and commercial projects behind him, Chris has also campaigned for greater access to water in London as well as campaigns to re-introduce swimming in the River Thames and the Peckham Lido.

Katy Marks is Director of Citizens Design Bureau. She has previously worked at Haworth Tompkins where she was a project architect on the Stirling prize winning Everyman Theatre. Current projects include a new commission for the Manchester Jewish Museum, a refurbishment of the grade II Listed Jackson’s Lane Arts Centre.

Sophie Goldhill, Liddicoat & Goldhill, was shortlisted in 2012 for the AJ Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award. She combines her conservation specialism with the experience of on-site delivery of construction projects. The studio was founded after the completion of the RIBA award and Manser Medal nominated ‘Shadow House’.

Lionel Real de Azúa is a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, his explorations on Surrealism and architecture at Oxford Brookes University saw his project win the Original Field in Architecture Award. He is currently director of Red Deer, a London based architecture and design studio.