Spreading the word on adaptive reuse

Date & Time:February 28, 2024 5:00 pm

Following UDF’s December session on ’20th Century Buildings – Refurbish or Replace’ at KCL, this follow-up event showcases the outcomes of a recently concluded three-year project by the Education Design Unit (EDU) in response to AUDE’s request for insights to optimise higher education estates.

Forged in multi-disciplinary collaboration with Make Architects, Elliott Wood, Max Fordham, Gustafson Porter + Bowman, and ZZA Responsive User Environments, the EDU’s Strategic Design Guide: Optimising University Estates is distinctive for its rounded and in-depth coverage of challenges facing universities:

  • The evolving culture of learning and student living
  • The climate crisis and achieving net-zero carbon emissions
  • Adapting existing buildings and external spaces for enhanced value and utility
  • Providing a pathway to inform decision-making from brief development and project conception.

The Guide includes a case study on the refurbished Quadrangle Building at King’s College (via EDU member Elliott Wood) as well as other adaptive reuse exemplars. The event will:-

  • Share insights from the guide
  • Present a holistic approach and methodologies for evaluating the adaptive capabilities of existing infrastructure, covering buildings, landscape and net zero building servicing
  • Include presentation of ZZA’s independent Post Occupancy Evaluation of Make’s studio – housed in an adapted former lower ground level car-park
  • Foster dialogue on participants’ own concerns and experience in providing enhanced campus environments with leaner resource use

Hosted at Make’s London studio in Fitzrovia. You can access the guide here:



Draft Schedule

17:00 Arrival with drinks

17:30 Presentations of Guide + Post Occupancy Evaluation of Make’s studio

18:15 Open discussion – delegates + presenters sharing experiences, moderated by James Redman, Make.

19:00 Informal drinks

20:00 Finish



UDF thanks our sponsor for this event