Challenging conventions: practice and projects - Gbolade Design Studio
Lanre and Tara will discuss innovation and housing design and delivery and their work as part of the Paradigm Network.
Gbolade Design Studio is an emerging architectural practice based in London, focused on achieving high regenerative performance on all its projects; particularly stressing importance on human socio-economic factors as well as the ecological and environmental qualities of places and building components. Led by its co-founding directors Lanre and Tara Gbolade, the practice seeks to break the mould of traditional practice through an approach that is collaborative across international borders, explores product design and instigates self-initiated projects.
RIBAJ Rising Star Winner, Tara is a co-founder of Gbolade Design Studio, and part of the Architects Declare steering group. Architect by trade and Passivhaus designer by passion, her expertise in design and planning policy saw her lead the Harlow & Gilston Garden Town Sustainability Strategy. Tara sits on a few Design Review Panels including RBKC, Lambeth, and Merton Councils - advising on major planning applications. She is a founding committee member of the Paradigm Network, a professional network championing Black and Asian representation in the built environment, sits on the Public Practice Board as an Alumni Observer, and is part of the advisory committee for the Guys & St Thomas Charity Impact on Urban Health initiative.
As an architect and client lead, Lanre brings a unique perspective to the affordable housing development industry in the UK. With extensive experience in architectural design and construction design management he has a passion for leading design teams using a collaborative working methodologies to deliver high quality, innovative project outcomes. As co-founding Director of Gbolade Design Studio (GDS), he oversees strategic project design approaches, practice R&D initiatives and management activities. In a client capacity, he has established and leads the in-house multi-disciplinary Production Innovation Team for one of the UK’s largest affordable housing providers. His role focuses on transforming the organisation's affordable housing delivery targets of 3,000 homes per annum through adoption and integration of sustainable DfMA, MMC and Offsite methods. Between 2017-20 Lanre was an elected RIBA Council member and recently completed a four-year term on the RIBA Practice & Profession Committee where he contributed to a number of policy initiatives and most recently, the launch of the DfMA Plan of Work Overlay, As well as being on numerous industry panels and co-founding Paradigm Network, he has also recently been appointed to the Women’s Economic Imperative as a sustainable communities & environment expert; providing development and delivery expertise on local, affordable, community based-project opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa.