Christophe is an Architect and Founding Director of Studio Egret West with over 30 years practice experience on local and international projects. He moved from Paris to London to study at the Architectural Association and spent his formative years working on a number of key projects, notably designing the Peckham Library (winner of the RIBA Sterling 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 while a director at Alsop Architects. In 2004 he joined forces with David West, an Urban Designer, to create Studio Egret West, a dynamic cross platform workshop where architecture, urban design and landscape are not seen as separate skills, but rightfully reunited to create a unique working environment where city, public realm and building speak to each other.
One of Christophe’s main interest has been housing and it’s juxtaposition with other mixed uses to establish richer urban places.
He explores new typologies that adapt to our changing housing landscape and is interested in adapting existing structures to second lives as in Park Hill, Sheffield. He is also fascinated by transport hub which he sees as natural centres of urban life which should be treated as places to stay as well as nodes of transit. The practice’s London Underground Idiom set a new vision for tube stations across the capital both old and new.
More recently he has been interested in schools and the workplace particularly in relation to co-working environments and incubator platforms. The Creative Research Laboratory at Preston Barracks will become a natural incubator platform for design students of Brighton university. Christophe is a frequent guest lecturer on subjects ranging from residential and mixed use developments, sustainable communities, design participation, place making and landscape. He is part of the New Building Futures group which initiates research projects that help plan and adapt to change in our built environment. He also lead the Metabolic Cities course (2017) of the London School of Architecture which explores improvements to health and wellbeing in a dense urban environment. He co-authored the recent book of Studio Egret West : Framing Serendipity, an approach to Evolving Places (2017).
Oliver is a founding director of Softroom. He is currently director in charge of projects as far afield as Seoul and Istanbul as well as the UK. Over the past 20 years with the company, Oliver has overseen many projects in the commercial, public and arts sectors. Among those are galleries at the British Museum and the V&A, lounges and hotels in the USA, Europe and Asia and the Upper Class aircraft interior for Virgin Atlantic.
Oliver trained at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, and graduated in 1994.
Prior to founding Softroom, Oliver worked with Ron Arad Associates, notably on projects for the Tel Aviv Opera House and Belgo restaurants, and in magazine publishing with Condé-Nast and UCL. Oliver lectures at universities and conferences around the world. He’s served as a judge for the Design Week awards, and as a university external examiner.
Oliver has experience of complex project structures in the architectural field and in addition has developed specialisms in museum and exhibition design, product and interior design and visualisation.
Paul Priestman is a designer and Chairman of UK and China-based design consultancy PriestmanGoode, which has been leading innovation in transport, aviation, environment and product design for over 30 years.Priestman has built an outstanding reputation for his award-winning future concepts - visionary ideas to improve our everyday lives and encourage long-term thinking and behavior change.
He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Design Innovation Medal from the London Design Festival. He has been voted one of London's 1000 most influential individuals by the Evening Standard for the last five consecutive years, and was named one of Britain's 500 most influential individuals by the Sunday Times.
Tim steers FITCH’s global creative output and culture, and our work is characterised by his belief that design is more than just an elegant coming together of beauty and utility. It can, should and must enhance people’s lives.
This idea is more than just a creative principle. It’s a commercial imperative - a practical, highly profitable approach to design and brand consultancy that has had a significant impact on a variety of clients, from Hilton, to Microsoft, to John Lewis. It informs what they look like, how they behave, how they perform and how much they’re loved by their customers. In the 25 years he’s been at FITCH, Tim has been awarded for his work with the likes of LEGO, McLaren, and Harrods.
He has also earned the respect peers across the industry and sits on D&AD’s International Advisory Board.
Tim was made a Retail Design Luminary by design:retail in 2015.