Roddy Langmuir, Practice Leader of London-based and award-winning Cullinan Studio, will be running a 1-day workshop focused on designing new gateways to that boldly re-imagine the arrival of two celebrated places on the UBC Point Grey campus: Nitobe Memorial Garden and the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. The workshop will focus on quick creation of short films to explore and represent design concepts, with students working in small teams to create 5-minute videos of the course of one day.

The methodology and topic is of equal relevance to those interested in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design. The workshop is free and open to all SALA students.

About Roddy Langmuir

Roddy Langmuir, MA(Hons 1st), Dip.Arch, RIBA, RIAS, is a Practice Leader at Cullinan Studio with a focus on the design quality of the work of the practice. He grew up in the Cairngorm Mountains in Scotland, studied and worked in Edinburgh, and then in 1988 joined Cullinan Studio where he found an empathy for crafting buildings that engage with and respond to their environment. He helped develop the practice’s campaign to Connect to Nature, with cross-cutting themes based on wellbeing, community values, carbon reduction and circular economy principles.

Roddy chairs design review panels for Architecture and Design Scotland and lectures widely on projects and practice in the UK and abroad. He has chaired juries for the RIBA Awards and the Cairngorms National Park Design Awards, and was on the jury for the UK’s Milan Expo 2015 Pavilion.

Roddy has a wealth of experience on projects across many building types and at all scales, and he is particularly interested in discovering ways to cross-pollinate ideas researched in one specialist sector to help inform others. Roddy led our design team on the John Hope Gateway for the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, and the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC) for Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors at Warwick University. These projects developed the use of engineered timber in the UK with the latter having the largest timber roof in Europe. Current work includes the new Catkin Centre at the Alder Hey Childrens Hospital, Liverpool – a cluster of paediatric facilities focussing on mental health for the Hospital Trust, won through RIBA competition in 2018 and recently completed. The knowledge accrued at Alder Hey has informed several other projects that improve the health and wellbeing of young people, including two community focused projects in the London Borough of Southwark: the new Beormund School for 56 pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs; and a new hub for Marlborough Sports Garden providing much needed access to physical activity, sport and leisure pursuits for local school children.