Thursday 05 October 2017 -
20:00 to 22:00
Lendoc studio, Saint Petersburg

The British Council together with Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design invites you to a seminar with Holly Lewis, co-founder of London-based architecture and urbanism practice We Made That, as part of ‘Strelka Weeks’ in St Petersburg. The seminar will take place at Lendoc studio (naberejnaya Kryukova kanala, 12, St Petersburg).

The seminar will focus on We Made That’s work across research, strategy and design. The practice’s wide-ranging portfolio, spanning culture, economy, industry and community in city redevelopment, showcases a multi-faceted and socially engaged approach to architecture and urban design.

After the introductory lecture, the audience will explore with Holly how the experiences and methods of this architecture practice could be transferred to St Petersburg today – in particular the potential of the city’s ‘grey belt’ – a complex of industrial buildings surrounding the city.

The seminar is part of the British Council’s Future Culture programme.
The seminar will be conducted in English with Russian translation.

Holly Lewis

Holly Lewis is an architect who co-founded architecture and urbanism practice, We Made That, in 2006. She has led a unique range of urban projects for the practice, from facilitated urban discussion events through to comprehensive high street regeneration in South Croydon. Holly also leads the research portfolio of the practice, which has included studies of local economies and placemaking in the London Legacy area and research into trends in industrial land uses across London.

Architecture studio We Made That

We Made That is an energetic architecture and urbanism practice with a strong public conscience. They work with their clients to prepare incisive urban research, to develop responsive area strategies and masterplans and to deliver distinctive architecture and public realm projects. 

All their work is public, and aims to make imaginative and considered contributions to the built environment through socially engaged design processes. The relationship between local communities, development and creative practice is a particular focus of the work and they believe that - handled correctly - it can lead to enriched, exciting and engaging places.

Examples of projects:

  • Croydon South End High street regeneration including building frontage improvements and public realm upgrades in the heart of the borough's restaurant quarter
  • Artists’ Workspace Study Report exploring affordable studio provision for artists across London
  • Blackhorse Lane A range of public realm, industrial estate and building frontage improvements in Waltham Forest 
  • Seoul Biennale Exploration of the industrial supply chains of one of London’s most significant cultural venues, supported by the British Council.