Duncan Baker-Brown Architect, Academic & Environmental Activist
Director of BBM Sustainable Design, award-winning architect, senior lecturer at the University of Brighton and an environmental campaigner, Duncan has been at the forefront of sustainable design for over 20 years since he designed and built the RIBA Competition winning scheme ‘the house of the Future’ with partner Ian McKay in 1994. In 1997 as Co-Director of BBM Duncan was part of the design team that won the competition to design The Greenwich Millennium Village in London. Since then he has practiced, researched and taught around issues of sustainable design & development. Duncan designed ‘The House That Kevin Built’ with Kevin McCloud in 2008. It was UK’s first prefabricated house made almost entirely of organic ‘compostable’ material and it was built in only 6 days live on Channel 4 attracting 5 million viewers a night. Duncan was the joint curator of the WasteZone seminar series and designer of the 9m high Waste Totem, both featured at EcoBuild 2013. He has also worked on numerous green retrofit projects, including ideas to keep & regenerate whole Victorian streets & 1960’s tower blocks so that they are Carbon Neutral.
Duncan is the architect and coordinator of the University of Brighton’s Waste House, which is currently being built with the help of students from City College Brighton & Hove and the University of Brighton Faculty of Arts. To date nearly 600 people have been involved with the project.
Duncan is passionate about looking at ways of making our current cities truly beautiful, sustainable places to live in.
Using the Brighton Waste House and other positive models Duncan will discuss contemporary design solutions to the huge environmental problems currently plaguing Planet Earth due to humankind’s habit of throwing things ‘away’.