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The Seven College Conference

would like to invite you to the 2020 Autumn Event
         with guest speaker
Ian Davis

discussing 'A Sensory Approach to Architecture'

from 18:30 to 20:00 GMT on Tuesday, Nov. 10th, 2020
and hosted in Zoom

A Sensory Approach to Architecture

We experience the natural and built environments through our varied senses: smell, touch, vision, temperature change, sound and the movement of our bodies. In addition, symbolism and association can play a vital role in our overall awareness. Our experiences can be negative, neutral or appreciative.

This reality poses a number of questions that will be considered in this session:

  1. What are examples of multi-sensory architecture?
  2. Is there a hierarchy of the senses in a sensory experience? Are some senses direct and others indirect? In what way is our own choice important?
  3. Why is the visual sense so dominant in the education of architects, urban designers and planners? What steps can be taken in design education to encourage students to create a multi-sensory built environment?
  4. How can a multi-sensory environment be created to assist persons with varied disabilities and special needs?
  5. There appears to be a relationship between environments with a 'sense of place and belonging' and multi-sensory places and spaces. Why is this

This workshop will allow participants to explore and discuss all of the above and more. No previous experience with architecture will be needed to participate.

Ian Davis

Ian Davis has worked as an architect in the UK, Canada and the US. This work included the office of Minoru Yamasaki, the architect of the Twin Towers in NYC, and Chamberlin Powel and Bon in designing the Barbican Arts Centre. He then taught in the School of Architecture, Oxford Brooks University for twenty years, lecturing on various topics including sensory architecture. In 2020, Ian wrote 'Experience Oxford' where he brought together his ideas, lectures, walking tours and paintings to explore how the city he has lived in for fifty years creates a physical experience through its built components.


To RSVP for this event, please complete this form. Within 48 hours of sending your RSVP, you will receive a confirmation of your place. If you would like technical support in using Zoom, in this form you will also see an opportunity to sign up to try using Zoom prior to the event. If you come across an issue while completing this form, please do not hesitate to reach out to

Supporting the 7 College Conference Scholarship Fund
Normally, the profits from this and other fundraising events support two annual £600 travel/research awards for students from our seven colleges who are studying in the UK during their junior year.  However, due to the virtual nature of the event, this year’s event is free of charge. Instead we are asking for donations to continue to support these students in the coming semesters. The suggested donation is £10; however, any form of donation (higher or lower) will be greatly appreciated.

To donate, please pay by bank transfer. 
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If you are unable to donate via bank transfer, you may send a cheque written out to The Seven College Conference of London and mail to Corinne Morgan, Flat 17, Torrington Court, Crystal Palace Park Road, London SE26 6NT.