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Wednesday 31st January 5.30-8pm Museum of Bath Architecture BA1 5NA

Happier Housing 

David Mikhail


David is a Founding Director of Mikhail Riches and has been responsible for Goldsmith Street for Norwich City Council, The Housing Supply Programme for The City of York and post graduate accommodation for Queens’ College, Cambridge. 

Mikhail Riches started life by developing a slice of unpromising land at Church Walk Hackney, which went on to become the RIBA London Building of the Year 2013. With Mikhail Riches, David is now realising his ambition of working with a team of talented practitioners to deliver environmentally and socially engaged places around the UK. 

David’s talk will cover their work at Park Hill, a grade 2 listed brutalist housing scheme in Sheffield, the original ‘Streets in the Sky’, with 1000 homes within Europe’s largest listed building. How it has been successfully retrofitted to hugely improve its energy performance, whilst gently tweaking and enhancing its many assets to make a great a place to live and work. And Goldsmith Street in Norwich, the celebrated 2019 RIBA Stirling Prize winning social housing scheme, using a low rise, medium density street-based approach, combined with the latest building technologies to deliver super low energy bills for its residents (often in fuel poverty) with walkable streets, secure ginnels and gardens for social cohesion and healthier lifestyles.


Doors open at 5.30 for 6pm start.

The Museum of Bath Architecture is housed in the Countess of Huntingdon’s Chapel, the Paragon Bath BA1 2LR


There will be an opportunity for ticket holders to explore the museum, which is currently closed to the public, before and after the talk.


A bar will be available serving wine, beer and soft drinks.



The entrance, and main museum room which houses the museum’s permanent collection and changing exhibitions are all level access. There are three steps up to the ‘Countess’ Room’ which explains the history of Selina, Countess of Huntingdon, for whom the chapel was built and three steps up to the back of the scale model of Bath. Assistance dogs are welcome. Unfortunately, the museum toilets are located up three steps and then down a flight of stairs.

This event is not available for sale.