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Homes For All

Event Date: 19/03/2024



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Sarah Wigglesworth MA DipArch RIBA MBE

Sarah’s talk will focus on new housing models for a diverse range of people. Acknowledging changing demographics, new kinship models and the desire for autonomy, the talk will draw on recent work by Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. It will explore the practice’s work at three scales (neighbourhood, urban block and building): a shortlisted competition entry for a new neighbourhood in Letchworth Garden City, recent proposals for intergenerational housing integrated with a health hub in Ebbsfleet Garden City, our and scheme for an adaptable home that can flex to many different types of occupant. Along the way it will reference other projects and design-based research. 

Sarah Wigglesworth founded her own practice based in London in 1993, and since then has been pioneering an approach to building using low energy principles and materials in a highly innovative way, and theorising it. The best known example if this approach is the award-winning Straw Bale House in London, published worldwide. The practice has subsequently designed and built a number of award-winning across a range of sectors. Between 1997 and 2016 Sarah was Professor of Architecture at The University of Sheffield where she headed the DWELL (Designing for Wellbeing in Environments for Later Life) research project that created exemplary places for older people. Sarah has co-authored several books and has lectured globally. She was awarded an MBE for services to architecture in 2003 and was created Royal Designer for Industry in 2012.

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.



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