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May 14, 2018

Hana becomes a Public Practice Associate

Hana has been selected as one of the founding cohort of Public Practice Associates. She is undertaking a part-time, year-long contract with South Cambridgeshire District Council, working with village communities to co-create a new generation of Village Design Statements. Rural design is an area that Hana has long been researching and exploring through design, and she is excited to have the opportunity to pioneer new work in this area.

Public Practice is an innovative social enterprise, founded last year to help address a lack of public sector planning capacity, recognised as the primary barrier to delivering the quantity and quality of homes the country needs. It is a key initiative of the Mayor of London's Good Growth by Design programme, and is also supported by the Local Government Association, Future Cities Catapult, British Land, The Berkeley Group, and Peabody. Local authorities are using the first cohort to bring in design expertise at a time when almost half of all councils have no in house design capacity.

April 26, 2018

HAT Projects selected for the Mayor of London's architecture framework panel

We are very proud to be the only practice based outside London, to be selected for the Mayor of London's new Architecture, Design and Urbanism Panel (ADUP). We are one of only twelve practices on this framework for commercial, workspace, health, education and civic buildings - among some of the best of our peers and major UK practices. The framework panel will run for two years and we look forward to working on the projects coming up.

This illustration shows the design proposal that led to our selection - repurposing a former London School board complex as a community and workspace hub.

March 14, 2018

'Revisiting Postmodernism' reviewed by Hana for Architecture Today

Hana has reviewed 'Revisiting Postmodernism' by Terry Farrell and Adam Nathaniel (published by RIBA) for the February edition of ArchitectureToday. She finds that whilst not without its problems, "this necessary book rightly reinstates the best of postmodern architecture as a serious design response to an increasingly diverse cultural context." The full review can be read HERE.

March 13, 2018

Creative Workspace Summit in Great Yarmouth

As part of this excellent summit hosted in Great Yarmouth exploring the role of creatives (individuals and organisations) in creating great places and how creative workspaces can help make the most of a town's potential, HAT Projects will be presenting a talk upon how architecture can affect place.

Taking place at St George's Theatre in Great Yarmouth on 20th April, other speakers will include:

Creative Foundation (Folkestone)
East Street Arts (Leeds)
Focal Point Gallery and Southend Borough Council (Southend)
Outset (London/ UK)
MAIA (Birmingham)
Paradise Works (Manchester)
OUTPOST (Norwich)
Dove Street Studios (Norwich)
originalprojects (Great Yarmouth)
Smiths Row (Bury St Edmunds)
Mazi Reverso (independent networking)

with a keynote speech from Charles Landry.

Further information is available HERE.

February 14, 2018

Beyond Participation

Hana has been invited to speak at 'Beyond Participation', a conference in Dublin on 9th March organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation and curated by Tara Kennedy. It is billed as a vital discussion about architecture and community, bringing together "innovators, provocateurs and activists it challenges us to think about democracy, consequence, responsibility and the meaning of the things we design."

Also speaking will be Killian Doherty of Architectural (Field) Office, Ana Jara and Lucinda Correia of Artéria, Stefan Laxness of Forensic Architecture, Alex de Rijke of dRMM and more, chaired by Diarmaid Lawlor, Director of Place at Architecture + Design Scotland. Further information and tickets are available here.

January 31, 2018

Portrait of Hana Loftus featured at Jerwood Gallery

'Architects: Portraits' by Ivan Jones is a photographic portrait series which acknowledges the faces of contemporary architectural practice and will be exhibited at the Jerwood Gallery from 27th January to 15th April.

The exhibition includes a cross-section of female European architects. A statement of equality Jones explains that there are no special concessions to femininity or “femaleness”; these are architects. They just happen to be women.

Jones has photographed each of the architects at the heart of a key building they have been pivotal in creating. Each full-colour image sets the person among the materials and physical environments which form the public face of their work.

Further information to be found here.

December 5, 2017

Science Museum Smith Centre wins planning permission

We're delighted that our new centre for the Science Museum's supporters, which will be known as the Smith Centre, has received planning permission and will be starting on site in Spring 2018. It repurposes a former Victorian Post Office sorting office and delivery yard, behind the Museum's main concourse, into a series of beautiful salon spaces for everyday use, events and lectures.

October 10, 2017

Hana joins the London School of Architecture team

HAT director Hana Loftus has been invited to join the teaching team this year for the Urban Studies module at the London School of Architecture. The cohort will be looking at the borough of Southwark through research, data visualisation, mapping and strategic proposals.

September 27, 2017

Cleefold progressing on site

We're all excited to see Cleefold coming to life on the Shropshire hills. Wonderful curved copper roofing details being beautifully realised by the contractor, and sheep coming up to inspect, just as intended. The curved glulam beams will be exposed internally, giving rhythm and scale to the living spaces. It already feels very much part of the landscape, which was one of the main ambitions for the design.

August 23, 2017

HAT appointed to Ely Museum

We're delighted to have been selected as the architects for Ely Museum's redevelopment. We're passionate about the role of local museums as, for many people, their first heritage or museum experience. At Ely, the museum is a fantastically rich resource - telling compelling stories through both its collection and its building.

The museum is housed in a Grade 2 listed building that was formerly the Bishop of Ely's jail, and includes a courtyard garden in what was the felon's exercise yard. We're excited to be charged with its renovation and extension to create better exhibition, education and event spaces. With the museum having successfully gained Stage 1 HLF support, we will be working towards a planning application and Stage 2 HLF submission mid next year. Our winning team includes Max Fordham LLP, Momentum Engineering and People Friendly Design.