In 2014, York Environment Forum’s Philip Crowe brought the 2013 National Housing Design Awards display panels to York for an exhibition in the Guildhall, which provoked lively local discussion about best practice.
Philip sadly passed away recently, so to celebrate his enthusiasm for good design and his willingness to stir and participate in debate, we’ve brought two of the 2013 winners together. Both are very much involved in York – Richard Partington’s Derwenthorpe development was an award winner and he has worked with David Wilson Homes on other major development in the city. David Mikhail won the Mayor’s Housing Design Guide Award with his Church Walk development in Stoke Newington, subsequently forming Mikhail Riches, architects for the Stirling Prize-winning Goldsmith Street in Norwich, and winning the commission to design York’s pioneering Housing Development Programme of around 600 homes to Passivhaus standard.
Both will be invited to share their thoughts on how housing design and its role in urban placemaking has moved on in recent years, how COVID-19 has shifted expectations and thinking, and what they think future housing in York will bring us. There will be plenty of time for discussion and – as Philip would have doubtless wanted – exploration of a wide range of viewpoints.