Alan Berman Bridging Centuries

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Bridging Centuries

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Oxford University has had a formative role in shaping the city's uniquely dense historic fabric. With increased demand for development and the neglect of abandoned, poor quality buildings previously housing tanneries, breweries and slaughterhouses, a national competition for the expansion of Oxford's centuries-old Pembroke College was initiated and won by Berman Guedes Stretton Architects.
Known for its sympathetic approach to architecture, both in the firm's extensive experience with listed buildings and its deference for maximum functionality, the winning design comprises a human scale development of stepped quads, conference facilities and housing. Bridging Centuries outlines the genesis of the project in relation to Pembroke College's extensive history and the development's aspirations: to be innovative, useful and respectful of its context. The book discusses how the College has played a major part in rejuvenating this area of industrial decline while simultaneously integrating itself within the context of Lutyen's neighbouring Campion Hall and surrounding 1960s buildings.
The scheme is reflective of Berman Guedes Stretton Architect's consistent clarity of vision, creative thinking and dedication to uncomplicated, detailed design. The simple elegance and logic of their work paired with their extensive historical and theoretical knowledge has recently won the firm two RIBA awards, numerous listed building project commissions and clients such as the Natural History Museum, Imperial College London and the NHS.

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Shaping history with a sympathetic approach to architecture

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After graduating from Cambridge and University College London, Alan Berman joined the pioneering practice of Maguire & Murray Architects. He set up his own practice in London in 1984 with Pedro Guedes and later moved the practice to Oxford, where in 1996 he teamed up with Roger Stretton to form Berman Guedes Stretton.

James Roach studied at Oxford Brookes University and the Mackintosh School of Architecture. After graduation he joined Edward Cullnan Architects where he was Director for eight years. Here Roach was Project Architect for a range of designs including the £58 million Centre for Mathematical Sciences at the University of Cambridge and the £12 million Gateway Building for the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh. In 2005 he moved to Oxford and joined Berman Guedes Stretton Architects.

John Church lives in Oxford and has been Bursar since 2003 at Pembroke College, Oxford. He has said the design of the footbridge was chosen to meet the requirements of the highways department, while addressing the concerns of English Heritage and the city council that the bridge should blend into its surroundings . Church was previously Managing Director, Offshore Banking and Premier Banking at Barclays Bank for many years.

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