Building Tour: LSE Centre Building

Join Tracy Meller and Lorna Edwards of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners for a tour of the LSE Centre Building.


11:00am, Saturday, 7 December 2019


12:30pm, Saturday, 7 December 2019

Tour Guides:


Tracy Meller

Lorna Edwards


Duration: 1.5 hrs

Time: 11am - 12:30pm

Tickets: £8 // AF Members and Supporters can receive 20% Discount with code

Start: LSE Centre Building, Houghton St, Holborn, London WC2A 2AE

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The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has opened its latest landmark building to students, staff and alumni. The Centre Building, which has a £78m construction cost as part of an overall investment of £125m in developing the centre of LSE’s campus [A], was designed by internationally renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and delivered by international consultancy and construction company Mace.

Situated at the heart of LSE’s campus, on Houghton Street and Clare Market, the 13-storey building is the largest building commissioned in LSE’s history. A bold and beautiful design, it is also the highest building on campus, offering spectacular views across London’s skyline.

The Centre Building hosts a number of academic departments, more than a dozen seminar rooms, hundreds of study spaces and four lecture theatres, including an innovative ‘LSE style theatre’ designed to allow for both traditional style teaching and collaborative group work. A new LSE Alumni Centre provides a custom-designed space for alumni visiting their campus, while three roof terraces and a café provide new areas for students and staff to meet and socialise.    

To facilitate interaction, a public square has been placed at the heart of the building, creating a new focal point for students and staff to interact while linking Houghton Street to the Library Plaza and connecting Lincoln’s Inn Fields on the western edge of the campus to the LSE buildings to the east. The building also features a dramatic ‘Academic Stair’. Moving diagonally across the façade of the building in a series of double height spaces, the staircase was designed to encourage dialogue between departments, institutes and research centres and to provide additional informal areas for students and staff to interact.  

Tracy Meller

As lead architect on projects such as Centre Building at The London School of Economics, NEO Bankside and Mossbourne Community Academy, Tracy has a track record of delivering innovative schemes on some of the most complex urban sites. Tracy joined the practice in 2000, was made an Associate in 2004, an Associate Partner in 2011 and a Partner in 2016. She has been involved in a wide range of projects at all stages, across the residential, commercial, healthcare, and education sectors. From initial competition in 2013 through to completion in 2019 Tracy remained the partner responsible for the design development and delivery of the LSE’s new Centre Building. By building a strong and mutually respectful relationship with the LSE estates team and wider consultant group, Tracy was able to lead the team through the brief evolution, stakeholder consultation, design development and contractor selection process. Tracy has been a member of the RIBA awards group for the last 4 years and has judged the Architect’s Journal Women in Architecture award for the last 2 years. She is a founder and member of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF), manages the internal resourcing for RSHP and leads the recruitment team.


Lorna Edwards

Lorna joined Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) in 2007, was made an Associate in 2011 and became a Senior Associate in 2016. Lorna was the project architect for the London School of Economics (LSE) Centre Building which includes an enhanced public square and BREEAM Outstanding landmark academic building at the heart of the school’s Aldwych campus. Lorna’s pragmatic and collaborative approach to working with the client, consultants and contractors fostered strong working relationships across the team which were intrinsic to the delivery of the project on time and on budget, She took part in extensive consultation with LSE stakeholders, as well as overseeing design team coordination, specification and led RSHP’s team on site to ensure the LSE’s vision and required high quality were delivered.