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Gerard Bareham is a Practitioner, Academic, and RIBA Councillor, and is inspired by environmentally synthesized progressive architecture and lively discussion.
The new Visitor & Business Centre at Waters Edge Country Park in North Lincolnshire, has achieved the highest BREEAM rating in the UK awarded to date.
Gerard is Principal of Bareham Architects, Diploma Architecture Course Leader at Huddersfield University, and a member of RIBA Council.
My underlying ethos to my subject area is: 1. ‘Architecture is a quest’ - pursuing a continual line of introspection, exploration, and development. 2. ‘Shelter identity and belonging’ - reflecting the physical, psychological, and societal condition. 3. ‘Architecture is alchemy… the art of turning grit into gold’ – the transformation of the everyday and ordinary into the extraordinary. 4. ‘Today’s architecture is tomorrow’s archaeology’ – creating a true contemporary artefact that becomes an accurate (non-fraudulent) legacy of our societies values. 5. ‘The detail is the DNA of Architecture’ – a part contains the essence of the whole.
I believe that a symbiotic relationship exists between teaching, practice, and research, in which Teaching inspires aspirational Practice, which is informed by and subsequently informs Research, which in turn inspires and informs Teaching. Professionalism informs all three.
My research is a continual evolving body of work, understanding, and reiterative honing and development from one project to the next. I consider sustainability issues intrinsic within my design ethos, acting as a catalyst to generate fresh solutions liberated from conformity and compromise. I believe that this is reflected within my body of work with each building typology explored being innovative environmentally research driven progressive architectural exploration, and may be seen as a research driven continuum.
My Primary Research is the synthesis by design application of the individual isolated strands of Secondary Research into a cohesive body of primary research work – each realised project being in response to a unique client, unique brief, unique site, date of inception/completion, linked with the availability of developed research and technological advancements at that specific point in time.
My research spawns a multitude of outputs from the physical to the documentary to the anecdotal, and notably includes my work being regularly exhibited within the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition receiving 150,000 visitors / summer season, and existing as a proven environmental exemplar of Waters Edge Country Park Visitor Centre receiving circa 100,000 visitors / annum.
My contribution to teaching in the design studio is as an informed Inspirational and motivational leader imparting knowledge (and frustrations) gleaned by virtue of these experiments, innovations and applications. I Teach, Practice, and Research because I am driven to.
Bareham, G (2008) ‘Initiating deconstruction by design’. In: Eco Deco: Eco-deconstruction, Eco-refurbishment and the reuse of materials in the built environment, 9th December 2008, Centre for Sustainable Architecture And Environments (CSAAE) University of Lincoln
Bareham, G (2007) ‘Designing for climate change’. In: Designing for Climate Change, 7th June 2007, The architecture centre for Hull, Hull, UK
Bareham, G (2006) Waters Edge Visitor and Business Centre. (Unpublished).
Bareham, G (2001) ‘New Architects 2: A guide to Britain's best young architectural practices’. In: New Architects 2: A guide to Britain's best young architectural practices. London: Merrell Publishers Limited. pp. 46-47. ISBN 1858941385
Master in Architecture Design Thesis & Dissertation supervision