New London Architecture

Study Tour: The Rowe


Thursday 08 June 2023
08:30 - 10:00

Join NLA and Frasers Property UK for a tour of The Rowe, a redevelopment of the old London Metropolitan University’s School of Art.
The Rowe has added six floors to the existing building, with the extension reflecting the design of the original building while marrying it with a modern eye-catching glass, steel, and concrete extension. Inspired by the original brutalist design, the 1960s concrete façade has been retained – reducing the carbon emissions for the construction process and uniting the old and the new.

The event will begin with breakfast in The Rowe’s reception, which is also home to an art installation that Frasers Property UK commissioned named ‘Loop’ by Paul Cocksedge Studio, which uses rhythmic forms in the building’s vertical space to create architectural forms.

‘Loop’ is one of two art installations at The Rowe which were commissioned to celebrate the diversity and rich cultural history of Whitechapel. The other installation is a wrap-around artwork on the terrace of the sixth floor – the top floor of the former building – by Yinka Ilori MBE, a former LMU student, that has been designed to reflect the long and varied textile traditions of the local community and can be seen from ground level.

Designed by RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architectural practice, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), The Rowe’s former educational interior has been transformed into a modern open-plan workspace. Climate conscious principles underpin every aspect of the scheme from plan to build. The Rowe runs on 100% renewable electricity and will provide a 26% carbon emission reduction compared to a standard office building. 

Please note this is an in-person event and with a maximum capacity of 25 therefore tickets will be allocated on a first come first served basis, with a maximum of two tickets per organisation.


08:30   Arrivals and registration
09:00   Welcome from NLA
             Laura Bernard, Programme Manager, NLA
09:05   Introduction and welcome from speakers
             Ashwin Goyal, Associate Director, AHMM
             Francesco Mazza Pungetti, Associate, Robert Bird Group
09:15   Tour begins
10:00   End

Speaker biographies

Laura Bernard

Senior Programme Manager, NLA

Francesco Mazza Pungetti

Associate, Robert Bird Group

Ashwin Goyal

Associate Director, AHMM


The Rowe 
59-63 Whitechapel High St 
E1 7PF

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