HEDQF Annual Conference 2022 / Cynhadledd Flynyddol HEDQF 2022 – LATEST PROGRAMME DETAILS

Date & Time:14th and 15th July 2022

The Conference is now closed.  Presentations and post conference report are available here.


This year’s Annual Conference will be held at Cardiff University which has recently undertaken an ambitious and transformative programme involving £600 million  estate investment to provide it with the facilities for the 21st century.  The conference programme will include visits to four of the new buildings on the afternoon of the first day, plus a visit to the newly-refurbished Bute Building and the Degree Show of the School of Architecture in the evening.

The theme of the conference aims to be forward looking and, in doing so, it will consider the growing focus on reuse of existing buildings and also on how data and new technology could support decision-making in creating a smart campus.

Cost:  £225 Members/All HEI’s, £295 Non-members

THE PROGRAMME (subject to amendment)

Thursday 14th July

From 13:00

Tea/coffee on arrival in the new Centre for Student Life, opened in October 2021.


Move to the Stanley Thomas Lecture Theatre.


Overview of this year’s HEDQF Conference by Ian Caldwell, former Director of Estates and Facilities at King’s College London and Chair of HEDQF Events Committee

Welcome to Cardiff University with an introduction to the university’s substantial investment in its estate to support it’s future plans, and to the buildings to be visited, by Dev Biddlecome, Director of Estates and Campus Facilities at Cardiff University.


Introductory presentations by the architects and the client leads on the buildings and facilities to be visited in the afternoon.

  • Centre for Student Life: Andrew Street (IBI Group) and Andy Couling (FCB Studios)/Simon Wright (Academic Registrar)
  • Abacws: Andrew Kingdon (Stride Treglown)/Bea Allen
  • SBARC – Julia Roberts (Hawkins Brown)/Sally O’Connor
  • TRH: Andrew Ensslen (HOK) /Duncan Wass


Visits to the four buildings:

  • The Centre for Student Life, designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios -. a major building providing a new home for the University’s Student Life services and which increases links with the Students’ Union.
  • Abacws, designed by Stride Treglown with Adjaye Associates – a new six-storey home for the School of Computer Science and Informatics and its undergraduate Computer Science-related degrees.
  • sbarc/spark, designed by Hawkins Brown – a new hub providing facilities to support innovation and partnerships between entrepreneurs, business leaders, professional advisers, academics and students, and the
  • Translational Research Hub, designed by HOK, home to the world – leading Cardiff Catalysis Institute and the Institute for Compound Semiconductors, linking with business to fuel economic growth in Wales and beyond.


Drinks reception to be held at the Welsh School of Architecture in the Bute Building.


An overview of the Welsh School of Architecture and the recently refurbished Bute Building by Professor Juliet Davies, Head of the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University.

18.30 – 20.00

Visit to the Bute Building, with the refurbishment designed by BDP and to the Architecture Degree Show.


Friday 15th July


Registration & tea/coffee


Welcome and Introduction – Dr Ghazwa Alwani-Starr, QMUL, HEDQF Chair


Session 1: Welcome to the Cardiff University, its future priorities in a post-covid world, and a Welsh perspective: The Wellbeing and Future Generations Act and its impact on campus priorities and design, with presentations by Professor Damian Walford Davies, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Cardiff University and Professor Kevin Morgan, Professor of Governance and Development at the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University.


Session 2: Designing for the new world 1:  Sustainability – environmental, economic and societal: Zero Carbon, Community, Research, Enterprise and Innovation, including a presentation on the design of the new UCL PEARL building in Dagenham by Ian Goodfellow of Penoyre & Prasad, linking to Session 7 in the afternoon, the Edinburgh Futures Institute at Quartermile for the University of Edinburgh by James Allison of Bennetts Associates and the new Bocconi Urban Campus in Milan by Francesca Singer of Sanaa.


Session 3: Debate with interactive questions from delegates: ‘Are new buildings dead?’, including contributions from Will Hurst. Managing Editor of the Architects’ Journal and Gerry O’Brien, Design Director of AKT II.




Session 4: Update on HEDQF Research by Alex Grigull, Chair of the HEDQF Research Committee and Associate at Grimshaw.


Session 5: The HEDQF Student Prize, which this year is at the Welsh School of Architecture. Presentation on the Prize and the Winners by Andy MacFee, Organisor for HEDQF and Principal of Andy MacFee Architects and Dr Hiral Patel. Lecturer in Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture.




Session 6: Designing for the New World 2: Reuse, Retrofit and Refurbishment: Creating 21st century environments within existing buildings.  An interactive session, including presentations on the University of Sheffield’s Engineering Heartspace by Matt Hutton of Bond Bryan Architects, the University of Cambridge’s New Eutopia Building housing the University’s Institute of Sustainability Leadership by James Todd of Architype, the refurbishment of the Fry Building at the University of Bristol by Tom Musson of Wilkinson Eyre, the new Civil Engineering Building at the University of Cambridge by Alex Grigull of Grimshaw Architects and a comparison of different perspectives to achieve common goals from the Middle East and the UK by Akshay Khera of BDP.


Session 7: Designing for the New World 3:  The Smart Campus – how data and intelligence could be used to shape design with contributions from Nick Tyler, Director of the UCL Centre for Transport Studies, which is housed in PEARL in Dagenham, and the Chadwick Professor of Civil Engineering, and from Chris Dymond, Academic Director of the Smart Cities Management Programme at Zigurat Global Institute of Technology.


Summing up and close – Trevor Wills, Director of Estates and Facilities, University of Plymouth and Incoming Chair of HEDQF.




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