7th — 10th June 2018

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Renew / Rebuild

  • Anna Parker
  • Immy Kaur
  • Glenn Howells
  • Stuart Holt
  • Cheryl Jones
  • Kim Quazi


St Paul’s Church


Thu 7th June @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm



Birmingham has an interesting history in its development and is still undergoing a momentous transformation.

The discussion of whether we should renew or rebuild our buildings is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago. What buildings should be salvaged and restored? What is the place of new architecture and what form should it take?

A panel of varied speakers, all heavily invested in the changing shape of Birmingham, give their views and discuss where we should go from here.


Anna Parker

Intervention Architecture

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Intervention Architecture

Anna Parker is IA’s founding Director, a qualified Architect who has gained experience in a number of renowned architecture practices within the UK, leading a variety of residential, education and commercial projects from conception to completion.

In 2017 Anna has been shortlisted within the national RIBA ‘Rising Stars’, shortlisted for the Birmingham Post ‘Business Entrepreneur of the Year’, and named within the ‘Midlands top 50 Entrepreneurs’ (Insider). In 2016 Anna was nominated as a finalist for Birmingham’s Young Professional of the Year.

Further to her RIBA chartered membership, Anna also sits on the panel for the RIBA Small Practice Group which regularly meets in London.

Anna teaches at the Birmingham School of Architecture, and has led a 3rd year design studio on the Undergraduate Course since 2014. One of Anna’s students has been nominated for the prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) President’s Bronze medal award in each of the previous three academic years in which she has taught to date.

Immy Kaur

Co-founder, Impact Hub Birmingham

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Co-founder, Impact Hub Birmingham

Immy is a co-founder of Impact Hub Birmingham, a network of citizens, makers, doers, entrepreneurs, activists and dreamers committed to building a better Birmingham and better world. Powered by a 6,000 sq. ft. collaborative workshop in the heart of Birmingham, the Impact Hub is an engine for passion, learning and outcomes where together, the community work to build a better, more fair city. Impact Hub Birmingham launched and successfully crowdfunded over £65,000 on Kickstarter, with more than 650 people backing the #EpicBrum campaign. Impact Hub Birmingham is part of a global association of more than 80 communities around the world in over 70 cities, with over 12,000 members all with a shared focus on creating positive impact.

Immy is a member of Project 00, [zero zero] is a collaborative studio of architects, strategic designers, programmers, social scientists, economists and urban designers practicing design beyond its traditional borders, ventures include WikiHouse, Open Desk, Civic Systems Lab and more.

Immy was one of the original founding team members that produced Birmingham’s first ever TEDx. Over the last 6 years Immy has curated and produced TEDxBrumas licensee including:

  • 2012 The Next Revolution at mac, Birmingham (100 attendees)
  • 2013 Marking the Map at Millennium Point (350 attendees)
  • 2014 DIY at the Library of Birmingham (400 attendees)
  • 2016 Power of Us at the Town Hall (750 attendees)
  • 2017 Perspectives at Birmingham Hippodrome (1500 attendees)

Immy is also the producer of CityCamp an annual festival to explore together how an ideas community can continue to build and make a more democratic and fair city together.

Previously Immy worked as part of Tony Blair Faith Foundation.

On behalf of 00, Immy is co founding Dark Matter Laboratories alongside Indy Johar and team.

Glenn Howells

Glenn Howells Architects

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Glenn Howells Architects

Since establishing Glenn Howells Architects 26 years ago, Glenn has built a strong reputation for designing innovative buildings and shaping areas of cities.

He has led the Practice, with studios in both Birmingham and London, to win numerous major design competitions, over 120 awards from industry organisations and built a portfolio of completed projects across a diverse range of building types. He has an overview of all aspects of the practice and regularly reviews all projects during design development and construction stages.

Glenn has been closely involved with shaping the future of some of Britain’s most complex and ambitious regeneration projects. The practice has provided masterplans that have prepared the way for billions of pounds worth of investment such as Paradise in the civic heart of Birmingham, the historic Chapel Street area of Salford and the Royal Wharf project in London Docklands. The Practice has recently worked on a vision for the entire Eastside of Birmingham, an area that’s set to be transformed by the arrival of the High Speed 2 rail link.

Outside of the practice, Glenn chairs the board of the Ikon Gallery and Warwick University’s Building Committee and sits on the advisory board of Birmingham Hippodrome and the West Midland’s regional architecture centre, MADE. Glenn continues to work closely with the RIBA and CABE where he was a member of the 2012 Olympic design review committee. In the academic field Glenn is an external examiner at Sheffield Hallam University and a lecturer at the Centre of Alternative Technology in Wales.

Stuart Holt

Javelin Block

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Javelin Block

Stuart Holt is the Founding Director of Javelin Block, a design and build company that has been based in Birmingham and New York for the last ten years.

Javelin Block re-animates and restores industrial, historic and listed buildings with sensitivity, preserving the unique identity, heritage and integrity of each site.

Stuart is thought of as one of the leading lights in the regeneration of Birmingham and has spoken at influencer talks worldwide.

The Javelin Block headquarters are situated in the Jewellery Quarter at the Compound, a multi-RIBA award winning and Sterling Prize nominated industrial warehouse conversion that often plays host to the world’s leading creative organisations and individuals. Most recently it has welcomed Steven Spielberg and Warner Brothers, Facebook, Microsoft and Barclaycard.

Cheryl Jones

Director/Founding Member, Grand Union

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Director/Founding Member, Grand Union

Cheryl Jones is Director and one of the founding members of Grand Union, a gallery and artist studios complex in Digbeth.

Grand Union aims to create opportunities for people to access important and innovative artwork that encourages and enables professional development, and collaborative thinking and learning. It currently houses workspace for 22 artists and presents a lively programme of contemporary exhibitions and events.

Since 2009 Cheryl has successfully developed Grand Union from being run voluntarily by a collective of artists and curators, to an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.

Grand Union is now embarking on a capital project that will transform Junction Works, a beautiful mid-nineteenth century, Grade II listed canal building in Digbeth, into a vibrant centre for the presentation and production of contemporary art.

Alongside Grand Union, Cheryl runs Birmingham Art Map with Ruth Claxton as Self Service and has played a key part in developing Digbeth First Fridays.

Kim Quazi

Director at Arup

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Director at Arup

Kim has significant experience in brief development, client and stakeholder engagement and technical delivery; he has a particular interest in the design of education, transport buildings and urban realm infrastructure.

In the transport sector he led the design development team for Kings Cross Station Western Concourse Mezzanine Building sitting under new curved roof to the west of the existing main train sheds. The complex gerometrail form of the mezzanine has bold tiled facade.The project is currently on site and due for completion in early 2012.

He has recently completed a study for HS2 demonstrating that a large scale High Speed Rail station can be successfully integrated into the Leeds cityscape.

Kim studied at the University of Edinburgh and joined Richard Rogers Partnership in 1992. He worked on a wide variety of projects including the Channel 4 Headquarters, extensions to Marseille Airport, Heathrow Terminal 1 and a large residential scheme in Berlin for Daimler Benz.


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St Paul’s Church

St Paul's Square, St Pauls Square
Birmingham, B3 1QZ United Kingdom

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St Paul’s Church is a Jewellery Quarter landmark in the centre of leafy, tranquil, St Paul’s Square. Dating from 1777, the Grade I listed church was built at the same time as the Georgian Square that surrounds it – the last remaining Georgian Square in the city. The excellent acoustics and atmosphere make St Paul’s a distinctive venue.

St Paul’s Square is a nice place to relax and take in the surroundings – or to enjoy the many cafés, bars and restaurants in the area.

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