Kate Macintosh in conversation with Rowan Moore

The architect talks about the pioneering housing schemes she designed for the London Boroughs of Southwark and Lambeth in the 1960's and 70's


07:00pm, Wednesday, 22 June 2016


08:30pm, Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Karakusevic Carson Architects, Unit E03, The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Rd, London SE16 4DG


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In 1964, the 26-year old Kate Macintosh designed Dawson's Heights, a twelve storey social housing scheme which occupies a prominent hilltop site in Dulwich, south London. Built for the London Borough of Southwark, the project would go on to be grade II listed and has been described by, Rowan Moore, who chairs tonight's talk, as "one of the most remarkable housing developments in the country". Macintosh subsequently worked for the London Borough of Lambeth on projects including the recently listed 269 Leigham Court Road and later ran a private practice with her life-partner George Finch.

In this evening's discussion at the offices of Karakusevic Carson Architects, Macintosh will focus on her and Finch's experience of building social housing during the high years of post-war reconstruction and reflect on the challenges facing London boroughs as they attempt to address the city's current housing crisis.

Rowan Moorse is architecture critic of The Observer and author of Slow Burn City: London in the Twenty-First Century.

The event forms part of Carte Blanche, a series of Architecture Foundation curated events staged at different architect's offices.

Utopia London trailer, featuring Kate Macintosh

Cotton Gardens (completed 1968), designed by George Finch for the London Borough of Lambeth

Dawson's Heights by Kate Mackintosh for the London Borough of Southwark (1964-72)