Claire McKeown leads on construction of museum’s new O’Donnell & Tuomey and Diller Scofidio & Renfro buildings

Claire McKeown, project director of V&A East, has joined Building Design’s Stratford Design Challenge judging panel.

Claire McKeown, V&A East project director

Source: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Claire McKeown, V&A East project director

The Fulbright scholar and former Cabe advisor is leading on construction for the museum’s two new venues in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Stratford – the Waterfront Museum, which is being designed by O’Donnell & Tuomey, and the Collection & Research Centre at Here East, by Diller Scofidio & Renfro.

McKeown previously headed Platform 5 Consultants advising cultural clients commissioning new buildings, as well as working at Platform 5 Architects when it was shortlisted for YAYA in 2018, and with Malcolm Reading Consultants. She studied architecture at Cambridge and the RCA.

There are just 10 days left to enter the Building [Re]Design Stratford Design Challenge, Building Design’s competition to reimagine Stratford town centre (see box for details).

We are particularly encouraging entries from early-career architects and students.

Entries will be assessed by a panel of influential judges including Pam Alexander, director of the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), Kathryn Firth, who was LLDC design chief between 2011-14, and Simon Tonks of RSHP.

Winners will be celebrated at the Architect of the Year Awards in October.

Alongside the competition, we are running a series of thought leadership pieces examining the issues involved in successful town centre regeneration projects, from designing for diverse communities to the future of the high street and using green infrastructure.

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The Stratford Design Challenge judges

 Pam Alexander, urban regeneration specialist, director of London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) and Connected Places Catapult, chair of digital community engagement company Commonplace.

Phil Askew, landscape and placemaking director at Peabody working on £8bn Thamesmead regeneration. From 2008-17 he led on the landscape and public realm transformation of the Olympic Park into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Siu-Pei Choi, senior design manager at Wates Residential. Graduating from the Bartlett, she previously worked as an architect at Patel Taylor, Levitt Bernstein, Fraser Brown Mackenna and HTA, specialising in residential and regeneration schemes.

Melissa Dowler, director of Bell Phillips Architects and an external examiner at Greenwich and Westminster architecture schools. She has extensive experience of regeneration and residential projects working with local authorities and private-sector clients.

Kathryn Firth, partner in FPdesign, is an architect and urban designer. She was chief of design at the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) from 2011-14. She also teaches at Harvard and the Bartlett, is a mayor’s design advocate and serves on several design review panels.

Lanre Gbolade is production innovation lead at Stratford-based L&Q and co-founder of Gbolade Design Studio, with experience on large-scale residential projects. He serves on RIBA practice & profession committee and is a founding member of Paradigm Network promoting black and Asian representation in the built environment.

Tom Holbrook, founding partner of 5th Studio which specialises in complex urban regeneration, sustainability and the resilience of cities. Current work includes masterplans around Stratford and the Royal Docks. He is a mayor’s design advocate and professor of architecture and urbanism at RMIT.

Kay Hughes, director of design at HS2 Ltd and the former head of design at the Olympic Delivery Authority and senior project sponsor at the Foreign Office. She was also part of the winning team in the National Infrastructure Commission’s ideas competition for the Oxford-Cambridge arc.

Roland Karthaus, founding director of Matter Architecture which works across sectors and scales and is known for its research including a project with the Ministry of Justice to improve prison design for wellbeing. An architect, urban designer and public sector client, he is also a tutor at the University of East London, a member of the High Streets Task Force and a Design Council expert.

Claire McKeown, project director of V&A East, leading on construction for the museum’s two new venues in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Stratford – the Waterfront Museum, which is being designed by O’Donnell & Tuomey, and the Collection & Research Centre at Here East, by Diller Scofidio & Renfro.

Simon Tonks, senior associate at RSHP. He was project architect on the Transport for London headquarters at Stratford’s International Quarter London and also worked on the Leadenhalll Building in the City of London. He is currently leading detailed design and delivery of the 220m Qianhai Financial Holdings Tower in China. He has a particular interest in affordable and sustainable residential design.

Leanne Tritton, founder and managing director of ING Media, the built environment communications specialists, and incoming chair of the London Society. She is a regular speaker and writer and has worked in Australia, the USA and the UK.

Keith Waller, development director of Costain and programme director of the government’s Construction Innovation Hub, working with government, academia and industry to transform construction.

Building [Re]Design: The Stratford Design Challenge

Building Design is launching a design challenge using Stratford as a live case study. Our aim is to showcase your creativity, connect visionary thinkers and kick-start some important conversations.

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The brief: Simply identify an issue in Stratford town centre that you find compelling and use your design creativity to imagine a better future. Submit your ideas in one sketch and 500 words and we’ll showcase the best on Building Design’s website, our other digital channels and at an event later in the year.

The challenge is open to all architects, but we are particularly encouraging entries from architects who are in the early stages of their careers and architecture students. Solo, practice and inter-disciplinary entries are welcomed, as long as the submission is led by an Arb-registered architect or an architecture student.

The closing date is July 23.

More details here: Building [Re]Design: The Stratford Design Challenge

>> Judging panel announced for Stratford Design Challenge

To submit your entry click here.