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PiP Housing and residential webinar 2023

Learn more about houses and housing from award winning architects and take a deeper look into the products and materials behind their buildings


This webinar covers the latest products and materials and explore how collaboration between architects, consultants and manufacturers are helping create better designed, inspiring, sustainable and future-proof housing and residential development.

Speakers include:

John Boughton, honorary research fellow, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool who will provide an historical glimpse of social housing with a presentation on the 100 social housing estates he included in his new book, A History of Council Housing in 100 Estates (RIBA Books, 2022).

Holly Galbraith, associate, Niall McLaughlin Architects who joins us to deliver an insightful case study presentation on Master’s Field Development, eight purpose-built student accommodation buildings enabling the college to accommodate its entire undergraduate intake and visiting professors in a landscaped setting.

Carl Gulland, project architect, John Pardey Architects who will provide a case study presentation on Lovedon Fields, 50 new dwellings situated on a green, with views to countryside and with public realm designed to encourage interaction and community.

Chris McAvoy, project architect, and David Black, project director, Hall, Black and Douglas who will provide a case study on Gardenmore Green Social Housing Development, with brick feature panels creating a unique identity to each of the 14 dwellings that reference their context in a setting of sloping topography.

Sponsored by: VMZinc


Receive an exclusive 20% off A History of Council Housing in 100 Estates using the code PIP20 at the checkout from RIBA Books. Discount available to use from 30 January.



9.00 am 

Chair’s opening remarks 

Jan Carlos Kucharek, editor, PiP and deputy editor, RIBA J 

9.05 am 

A History of Council Housing in 100 Estates (RIBA Books, 2022)

John Boughton, honorary research fellow, School of Architecture, University of Liverpool

9.25 am 

Zinc in the housing and residential sector over the last 170 years

Jonathan Lowy, Operational Marketing Manager, VMZinc

09:45 am 

Case study: Master’s Field Development

Holly Galbraith, associate, Niall McLaughlin Architects

10.05 am  

Refreshment and stretching break 

10.15 am  

Case study: Lovedon Fields

Carl Gulland, project architect, John Pardey Architects

10.35 am 

Case study: Gardenmore Green Social Housing Development

Chris McAvoy, project architect, and David Black, project director, Hall Black and Douglas

10.55 am 

Chair’s closing remarks 


Speakers biographies


David BlackDavid Black
Project director
Hall Black and Douglas

David is Practice Director at Hall Black and Douglas and has established a reputation as a design-led practitioner throughout his 25 years experience within the profession. David has been responsible for the design and delivery of high quality award winning schemes in Commercial, Civic, Residential, Community and Leisure settings. David has recently completed a number of high profile Health Care projects including the major extension and refurbishment works at Altnagalvin Acute Hospital, which was nominated for the RIBA National Awards and won the RIBA Northern Ireland Regional Award 2022. David also leads the design and delivery of the practice’s successful Social Housing projects, using his innovative approach to design and close attention to detail.


John Boughton John Boughton
Honorary research fellow
School of Architecture, University of Liverpool

John Boughton is a social historian. He has written two books, Municipal Dreams: the Rise and Fall of Council Housing (Verso, 2018) and, most recently, A History of Council Housing in 100 Estates (RIBA Books, 2022). He is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the School of Architecture of the University of Liverpool. Over the last ten years, his blog at has provided a record and history of council housing across the country.


Holly Galbraith Holly Galbraith
Niall McLaughlin Architects

Holly joined Niall McLaughlin Architects in 2014 and became an Associate in 2020. Holly is actively involved in the practice’s higher education, schools, and private residential projects. Holly is responsible for the office resourcing and implements our H&S strategies alongside the Practice Manager. Holly leads the Professional Development working group and contributes to the management of our Recruitment, New Business and bids. Holly is part of the IT/BIM implementation working group. Prior to joining the practice, she worked at several design-led practices in London and gained experience in the housing, education and cultural sectors. She has been involved in Diploma level teaching concurrent to her time in practice and contributes to guest tutoring at various schools of architecture. Holly studied architecture at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle and completed her Part III studies at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in 2014. She is an ARB registered architect.


Carl Gulland Carl Gulland
Project architect
John Pardey Architects

Before joining JPA in 2007 Carl worked with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios on projects including Accordia, Cambridge and Icon, Street. Carl has been a Director at JPA since 2016 leading a team working on larger residential schemes for clients including HAB Housing, Inland Homes and Q-Developments. Key projects include the renovation and re-use of a Grade 2, 1936 Film Laboratory building in Denham by the Bauhaus archi¬tect Walter Gropius, together with a further 175 new flats and houses on the former film production site; Lawn Road – 72 apartments in Belsize Park adjacent to the iconic Isokon flats; Lovedon Fields - 50 houses and apartments forming a new village edge to Kings Worthy, Hampshire - winner of an RIBA National Award and shortlisted for the RIBA Neave Brown Award for Housing; and Alfold Gardens - 56 dwellings in the village of Alfold - winner of the Homes England Masterplan Award 2020. Carl is a panel member for Design South-East supporting local authorities in assessing and shaping development proposals.


Jan-Carlos Kucharek Jan-Carlos Kucharek 
Deputy editor RIBAJ & editor of PIP

Jan-Carlos is an architectural journalist and registered architect. He studied his part 1 at Canterbury College of Art and his architecture diploma at The Bartlett (UCL) and worked for five years at Foster + Partners. He took a part time role at the RIBAJ in 2004 and continued working freelance at Marks Barfield, Hudson Featherstone, David Morley and Fourthspace architects. He became editor of Products in Practice (PiP) in 2013 and deputy editor of RIBAJ in 2021.


Jonathan Lowy Jonathan Lowy
Operational marketing manager
VM Zinc

Jonathan has over 24 years’ experience working with VMZINC. Having operated in both technical and sales positions in three different countries, he has an excellent understanding of not only the market needs but also the technical possibilities of zinc as a roofing and cladding material. Jonathan has also been involved in technical certifications whether that be, Environmental Profile Declarations or BBA certifications and fire testing. Much of this knowledge has been used to write technical literature aimed both at architects and installers. Before joining VMZINC, Jonathan worked as a land surveyor in Paris, ironically spending quite a lot of time on the zinc roof tops of Paris! Jonathan graduated from Nottingham Trent University in Construction Management in 1990.


Chris McAvoy Chris McAvoy
Project architect
Hall Black and Douglas

Chris is a Project Architect at Hall Black and Douglas with 4 years post qualification experience designing and delivering successful schemes across various construction sectors including Housing, Masterplanning, Community and Commercial Developments. Most notably, Chris was the project architect for Gardenmore Green, which was awarded the ‘Best Small Residential Housing Development’ at the 2022 UK Brick Awards. Chris’ design skills have been recognised on a number of occasions, including a nomination for the RIBA Silver President’s Medal and winning the RSUA’s Silver Medal in 2018. Chris has also been visiting design critic at Ulster University School of Architecture.



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