Blueprint for the Future: The Future of Architectural Practice

The month of July saw Blueprint Magazine launch ‘Blueprint for the Future’, a 3-day event which brought together the best architectural graduates from around London and showcased their work.

Two seminars were held as part of the event, providing a forum for conversation and debate around the future of architectural education and practice.

Christophe Egret was invited to speak as part of this latter seminar, where he contributed to a panel debate about the shifts and changes required in the industry in light of current challenges and opportunities, as well as the changing social, technological and political climate.

Held at the offices of Jestico + Whiles, the panel also included: Ben Marston, a director at Jestico +Whiles; Elsie Owusu, architect, and founding member and chair of the Society of Black Architects and current RIBA presidential candidate; Sunand Prasad, co-founder of Penoyre Prasad; Hikaru Nissanke, founding director of OMMX; Chloe Phelps, head of design at Common Ground Architecture; and Dele Adeyemo as chair.

It was invigorating to hear the varied responses; each panellist tackled the topic from a different perspective, bringing unique observations and ideas to consider. For Studio Egret West, Christophe highlighted our Studio’s belief that the wellbeing of staff as well as a collaborative multidisciplinary approach to design is central to the future of architectural practice – the Studio provides a canvas for creativity, and should be nurtured.

Thanks for having us, Blueprint Magazine and Jestico + Whiles – we look forward to continuing to champion this discussion.