Sydney Talk / John Allan on Berthold Lubetkin / 27th March


CPC Lecture Theatre (Charles Perkins Centre), The University of Sydney

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Please join the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning for a Wilkinson Centenary Series guest lecture

Tuesday 27th March 2018

This talk is supported by Docomomo Australia and Australia ICOMOS and is the second event in the 2018 Docomomo Australia / ICOMOS Australia lecture series.


Lubetkin and Me: John Allan

The life and work of Berthold Lubetkin, and selected restoration projects

This talk surveys the life and work of Berthold Lubetkin (1901-1990), pioneer architect of the Modern Movement in Britain, witness of the Russian Revolution, European traveller and intellectual and – at the age of 81 – RIBA Royal Gold Medallist.  Lubetkin is widely regarded as the leading architect of his generation to have practised in England. Almost all of his surviving buildings are now listed and his ideas continue to illuminate architectural discourse and education. The presentation will also include accounts of conservation rescue projects on two of his most celebrated buildings, the Penguin Pool at London Zoo and Finsbury Health Centre, both undertaken personally by John Allan.

The Speaker

John Allan embarked on his architectural career at the Greater London Council (1971-73), then spent ten years at the practice of Shepheard, Epstein & Hunter before joining Avanti Architects as a Director in 1983. There he has led Avanti’s extensive range of Modern Movement conservation projects and studies, working on listed buildings by Lubetkin; Lasdun; Goldfinger; Patrick Gwynne; Connell, Ward & Lucas; Wells Coates, Maxwell Fry and others. He authored the Listed Building Management Guidelines for the Barbican and Golden Lane Estates for The City of London. His new build work has included healthcare projects, schools and housing. He has served on several English Heritage committees, and was a Project Enabler at CABE, 1999- 2007. He was founding Chairman of DoCoMoMo-UK 1989-91 and is author of the award-winning biography Berthold Lubetkin – Architecture and the tradition of progress, now in its 2nd edition. He is a member of the Finsbury Health Centre Preservation Trust and Chairman of the Isokon Gallery Trust, Lawn Road, London.

NEW VENUE: CPC Lecture Theatre (Charles Perkins Centre), The University of Sydney

Drinks and refreshments: 6:00pm, Talk commences: 6:30pm

This is a FREE event, however please RSVP to confirm attendance