In this lecture, British architect Sadie Morgan reflects on good and smart growth of the city, in the light of the current Covid-19 crisis. Watch the lecture here!
For the past decades, there’s a growing belief in cities as meaningful places for socio-economic and spatial development and change. What core values and qualities are being highlighted in these times of Covid-19? Based on her own practice, Sadie Morgan shares her ideas on making liveable cities in a post-Covid-era.
Morgan’s lecture was followed by a Q&A and open debate with Rotterdam city makers about good and smart growth of Rotterdam.
AIR and Van der Leeuwkring have invited Sadie Morgan as one of the guest urban critics of this edition of the Stadmakers Conference.
About Sadie Morgan
Sadie Morgan is a founding director of Stirling Prize winning architecture practice dRMM, alongside Alex de Rijke, Philip Marsh and Jonas Lencer. In her role as a design champion Sadie is involved in a number of advisory roles including chairing the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two and being one of ten commissioners for the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). She has been instrumental in setting up the NIC’s Design Group which will place design at the heart of all new major infrastructure projects. In 2017 Sadie was chosen as a Mayor’s design advocate for the Greater London Authority and became a non-executive director of the Major Project Association. She is a non-executive director of U+I, overseeing delivery of their commitments to community engagement in public-private partnership projects. In 2019, Sadie Morgan was appointed as a member to the Homes England board, the UK government’s housing accelerator. She recently founded the Quality of Life Foundation – a new independent body aimed at raising people’s quality of life and wellbeing through the improvement of the built environment.
Sadie lectures internationally on the work of dRMM and the importance of infrastructure which connects back to people and place. In 2013 she became the youngest president of the Architectural Association, and in 2016 she was appointed professor at the University of Westminster and awarded an honorary doctorate from London South Bank University. In 2017, she was named New Londoner of the Year by the NLA for her work championing the importance of design at the highest political level and most recently she won ‘Female Architectural Leader of the Year’ at the BD awards and AJ100 Contribution to the Profession. In the New Years Honours 2020 she was awarded an OBE by the Queen for services to design advocacy in the built environment.