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Architect Roger Zogolovitch Addressed the Joint Housing DHPLG & RIAI Committee

Published: Thursday, November 30, 2017

Pictured with Roger Zogolovitch at RIAI & DHPLG event: Kathryn Meghen, Carole Pollard, Paddy McKillen & Ali Grehan

Pictured with Roger Zogolovitch at RIAI & DHPLG event: LR Kathryn Meghen, Carole Pollard, Paddy McKillen & Ali Grehan

Noted architect, developer and author Roger Zogolovitch addressed the Joint Housing and Sustainable Communities Committee of the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government & The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland on 29 November.

The Joint Committee is a collaboration between the RIAI and the Department to encourage excellence and showcase new thinking in housing design and delivery. This is principally by way of a Joint Housing Conference held every two years (the first was held in 1969) and by inviting prominent guest speakers who contribute to the discussion and debate on matters relating to housing.

Elaborating on the subject of his critically acclaimed book Shouldn’t we all be developers? Roger Zogolovitch will make the case for the small independent developer and the role they can play in providing imaginative solutions to today’s housing crisis - by unlocking the potential of under-developed and pre-developed lands in city and town centres. He will examine the mechanics of development with an analysis of eight key issues that impact on the challenge of delivering the homes so badly needed today – planning, land, design, finance, brand, money, interiors, materials, and concluding with the Developer and the State.

Expressing his disappointment that due to Oireachtas commitments he was unable to attend Roger Zogolovitch’s address, Minister for Housing Damien English said “We have got to improve the use of brownfield and unused lands which lie within the built up areas of our towns and cities. This is because we need to take all avenues for delivering much needed housing, especially in good locations. This is a challenge not only to private developers but also to Local Authorities and I am pleased that many Local Authority Architects will be attending this evening, as well as colleagues from the Department. I know they will all be interested in Roger’s experiences in advancing the use of left over lands in towns for housing.

RIAI President, Carole Pollard welcomed the address by Roger Zogolovitch: “There is a sense of urgency about our need to look at new ways of developing our built environment In Ireland.  All over our towns and cities, empty sites - often too small for the traditional developer model - offer solutions to reinstate sustainable communities close to existing amenities.  We need a new spirit of creativity and entrepreneurship, coupled with innovative financing models to realise the potential of these sites.  British architect turned developer, Roger Zogolovitch is one such visionary who is leading the way in the development of well-designed and beautifully executed housing.  His invitation to speak this evening at the Customs House offers all those involved in the delivery of housing an opportunity to look with fresh eyes at better development models.

RIAI CEO, Kathryn Meghen, added: “The challenges Ireland faces in providing homes for growing aging population needs new solutions. We need to provide an additional 500,000 homes by 2040 and part of the answer is in increasing density on our cities, towns and villages. This requires vision from the public and private sector. We look forward to learning from the Work commissioned and designed by Roger Zogolovitch.”

The address took  place at the Customs House Conference Room, Wednesday 29 November 2017. 

For further information, please contact the Press Office in the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, press_office@housing.gov.ie, T 01 8882638 or Dr Sandra O’Connell, Director of Communications at the RIAI, soconnell@riai.ie, T 01 6761703.

About Roger Zogolovitch

A qualified architect with 40 years’ experience of design and development, Roger Zogolovitch is known in the industry as a progressive thinker – always striving to create projects that delight, engage and push the boundaries of how architecture can enhance our cities and towns. Solidspace chairman and creative director, Roger is an independent developer making new buildings in collaboration with different architects – developments that continue to experiment with the Solidspace DNA of living in split section volumes.

Roger has been awarded eleventh and twelfth best client in the UK by the RIBA. Often asked to give his expertise as a juror, Roger contributes regularly to the architectural press, as well as teaching and lecturing regularly on regeneration policy throughout the UK. Roger has served as president of the Architectural Association in London and he is honorary surveyor to the Royal Academy of Arts. He was director of the infrastructure and development course at the London School of Economics, and a working group member of the UK government’s Urban Task Force.

Aspiring to be “Development as Art”, Zogolovitch’s projects exploit volume, space and light – and higher densities – to deliver housing that makes positive additions to urban places; developments that delight, engage and push the boundaries of how architecture can enhance our cities and provide homes for how people want to live today.


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