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PiP Bespoke House Design Webinar

Tuesday 14 November 2023, 9 am – 11:15 am


Join us for this RIBA Journal PiP Bespoke House Design Webinar on 14th November. 

The seminar offers presentations and case studies from architects and materials experts.  

We will cover the latest products and materials and explore how collaboration between architects, their clients, consultants and manufacturers are helping create better designed, inspiring, sustainable and future-proof bespoke house architecture.  

Featured speakers include: 

Marion Baeli, partner, Studio PDP who will share insights from her book, Residential Retrofit: 20 case studies
Nicholas Lyons, founder, Lyons Architects who will deliver a case study presentation on the RIBA Award winning, home, Blackbird.  
Claire Taggart, associate, Hayhurst and Co who will deliver a case study presentation on RIBA Award winning Green House. 
Ann Nisbet, director, Ann Nisbet Studio who will deliver a case study presentation on RIBA Award winning Cuddymoss.

Sponsored by: Tile of Spain and Maxlight 



Chair’s opening remarks
Isabelle Priest, managing editor, special projects, publishing and learning content, RIBAJ

Residential Retrofit: 20 case studies
Marion Baeli, partnerStudio PDP 

Case studies: Ceramics in architecture
Clara Vicedo Peñarrubia, architect, International Promotion department, ASCER-Tile of Spain

Case study: Blackbird
Nicholas Lyons, founder, Lyons Architects

Mid-morning break

Case study: Green House
Claire Taggart, associate, Hayhurst and Co 

TBC, Maxlight

Case study: Cuddymoss
Ann Nisbet, director, Ann Nisbet Studio

Chair’s closing remarks


Speaker biographies


Marion Baeli Marion Baeli
Partner, Studio PDP

Marion is an award-winning architect and author who specialises in low energy design and retrofit. With sector experience in housing, from prime to affordable, and workplaces, she has designed and delivered many large scale, complex projects. Marion’s book ‘Residential Retrofits: 20 case studies’ is described as ‘an invaluable text for those working in residential retrofit’. Marion is a Design Review Panel member for Westminster City Council, a former NLA Net Zero Expert panel member, board director of the Passivhaus Trust and an architecture awards judge.


Nicholas Lyons Nicholas Lyons
Founder, Lyons Architects

Nicholas studies at The Manchester School of Architecture where he gained both a BA (Hons) in Architecture and a Bachelor of Architecture. During this period, he furthers his experience with OMI Architects and also studied at the Melbourne University, Australia. At Hogarth Architects, in London, he became qualified as a chartered and worked closely with the two directors to help grow the practice from 2 to 8 architectural staff whilst learning about how to remodel existing, often, Listed buildings with respect to their place in architectural history. Nicholas moved to Spacelab in order to broaden his experience in different sectors. Projects included new build houses, large scale new build residential developments .


Claire Taggart Claire Taggart
Associate, Hayhurst and Co

Claire is an Associate at Hayhurst and Co and leads the practice’s sustainability agenda. She is experienced in Passivhaus as well as Net Zero Carbon design and recently won RIBA Project Architect of the Year Award for London (2023). She has delivered a number of award-winning projects across a range of sectors, including education, housing and mixed-use, with a particular interest in MMC technologies and innovative retrofit strategies. Claire is part of Patchwork, a research collective working on collaborative urban design and architecture research. Her research was recently long-listed for the Davidson Prize for proposals to retrofit a shopping centre in Coventry city centre, providing homes for displaced and homeless families, alongside high street revitalisation.


Isabelle Priest Isabelle Priest
Managing director of RIBAJ

Isabelle joined RIBA Journal in 2015. She had previously worked at Architecture Today, The Architects’ Journal, The Modern House and a10 New European Architecture in Amsterdam. She studied architecture at The Bartlett (UCL) and later graduated from there with distinction in MA architectural history.
Isabelle has been shortlisted for multiple International Building Press awards and won the Architecture Writer category in 2016 and 2019.


Clara Vicedo Peñarrubia, architect, International Promotion department, ASCER-Tile of Spain

Clara gained a BA in Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and Universiteit of Eindhoven. Prior to joining Ascer, Clara worked for five years in several international architectural practices. She currently works as a technician in the International Promotion department at ASCER, the Spanish Ceramic Tile Manufacturers Association, focusing on the promotion of the Tile of Spain brand among architects and designers, strengthening the connections between Spanish ceramics and design, health and sustainability. Clara also holds a Master’s degree in Marketing and Communications Strategy from the UPV and continues to freelance as a consultant architect.  

Ann Nisbet, director, Ann Nisbet Studio



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