London's Architectural History with Chris Scott

London's Architectural History with Chris Scott


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The webinar begins with the city of Londinium as a Roman outpost, complete with the construction of a wall to defend against invaders. Important landmarks, such as the Forum, Amphitheatre, and Temple of Mythras, will be highlighted, along with political developments that led to the Romans abandoning the City in AD410. The seminar moves onto the Anglo Saxon and Norman periods, covering the construction of iconic symbols of the Tower of London, built to watch over the City, and the Guildhall where standards in products and trade were set. It was during this period when the City gained its medieval, higgledy-piggledy street pattern.

No discussion on the City's architectural history would be complete without covering the Great Fire of London of 1666 and Christopher Wren's subsequent rebuilding program. His Neoclassical designed churches, Monument to the Great Fire, and the masterpiece of St. Paul's Cathedral, with its great Renaissance dome, influenced a generation of architects. The conversation concludes with a focus on the modern city. The juxtaposition of contemporary high tech buildings of the Gherkin and the Cheesegrater with medieval structures and Wren's architecture will be identified as part of the rich tapestry that gives this cutting edge, commercial hub a unique architectural character and global standing.

Led by a qualified architect and lecturer in architectural history, Chris Scott, this interactive discussion will trace the rich and turbulent two-thousand-year history of the City of London. Participants will come away, not only with an appreciation of the layers of architectural history but also an impetus to explore the City of London in more detail as part of future travels.

Chris studied architecture at the University of Sheffield and became a RIBA qualified architect in the mid-nineties. He has lived in London for over 20 years and, as well as working for a number of high-profile architectural practices in the city, he has spent the last 14 years teaching the History of Architecture in London for Boston University (USA). Chris particularly enjoys giving guided tours and exploring the many layers of London's architectural history from its Roman origins to present-day hi-tech architecture. He has a special interest in developments in the city either side of the 1666 Great Fire of London, and the Battle of the Styles between Gothic and Classical architecture.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.