DTT Leader—Playful City
Christophe is an Architect and Founding Director of SEW with over 30 years practice experience on local and international projects.
His formative years were spent working with Norman Foster, Ian Ritchie, John McAslan, Nigel Coates and Ron Arad and more recently with Will Alsop, with whom he worked for 10 years as a director, managing, amongst others, the Peckham Library (winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize 2000), the Blizzard Building for the Queen Mary Research laboratory in Whitechapel, the winning design for the Fourth Grace in Liverpool and the Manchester Millennium Village framework plan.
In 2004 he joined forces with David West, an Urban Designer, to create Studio Egret West, a dynamic cross platform workshop where architecture and urban design are not seen as separate skills, but rightfully reunited to create a unique working environment where city and building speak to each other.
Christophe lead the practices input into the regeneration of the Park Hill community in Sheffield (including the transformation of the longest listed building in Europe) and the detailed design and delivery of the Library Building, Clapham, London an award winning mixed use development that combines library, council services, community centre, family clinic and high value apartments. Other projects include; Caxton Works (mixed use development containing approx 350 homes, 25,000m2 of commercial space); Erith School (a 3-Form Entry Primary School, community facilities, retained ecological areas and newly provided open space); and Millharbour Village (1400 homes, a two form entry primary school and a dance academy).
Christophe is a frequent lecturer in architectural matters on subjects including residential developments, sustainable communities, design participation, art and colour. He is a visiting lecturer and critic at the AA architecture and urbanism unit.