The Big Debate: Architecture versus People

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About the event

In a departure from our usual format, September will see the first SDS Big Debate. With the help of a multidisciplinary panel we’ll be addressing the role of wayfinding consultancy within the built environment. We’ll be exploring whether it’s really needed, why it’s needed and perhaps touch upon what the future holds for those practicing the art.

Through the insights of our panellists and contributions from the audience we expect an evening that will challenge assumptions, perhaps be uncomfortable in places and also reassuring.  Whatever your discipline, at the end of the night you should come away with a deeper understanding and some new ideas to take back to your practice.

Billy Griffin, SDS Treasurer and Director of Artisan, will host this exciting new event. Whilst all our talks include speaker question and answers, this debate will be an opportunity for you to have your say. So sign up today, to secure your place in what should be a great evening.

NB. If you’ve got a burning question to put to the panel please pass details to Kirstine.

The panel members

The Big Debate panel will include:

Tony Baugh, Wood & Wood (Manufacturing)

Colette Jeffrey, Birmingham City University (Wayfinding Research)

Dr. Max Roberts, University of Essex (Human Psychology)

Mario Vieira, Scott Brownrigg (Architecture)

Ole E. Wattne, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Architecture and design (Graphic and Information Design)

Fran Raybould, FRA Creative (Branding and Placemaking)


Book today

Date: Wednesday 6 September 2017

Time: 6pm for 6.30pm start

Venue: The Gallery, Alan Baxter & Associates, 75 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ

Price: This talk is free for SDS members and £25 per ticket for non-members. We have a special offer for newcomers: if this is your first SDS event, you can pay a special ‘taster fee’ of £10 on the door. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

Please note: This event will be livestreamed and available to SDS members via our SDS Live Facebook account, and our website.

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