Hugh Petter Lecture: Working with Tradition: Observation, Understanding and Innovation


Location: 104 Bond Hall


Lecture Summary

Hugh Petter will present the case for tradition as a living phenomenon that is reinvigorated by each generation and, in turn, as a guide for architects and urban designers to help them to design better new buildings; to work with more sensitivity and flare on historic buildings, and to create better new urban places for people to live.  He will explain how his own career has been shaped by a growing appreciation of the above, and how sustainable design principles are a natural extension of traditional design.  The lecture will be richly illustrated with work his own work and the wider practice.




Hugh Petter is a director of ADAM Architecture, with offices in London and Winchester, UK.   His work includes new traditional buildings for both private and institutional clients; extensions and repairs to historic buildings; design consultancy and urban master-planning projects across the UK and overseas.  With a staff of around 85, ADAM Architecture is the largest traditional practice in Europe.

Hugh won two Rome Scholarships in Architecture in 1990 and 1991.  He has served as senior tutor at The Prince of Wales’s Institute of Architecture; chairman of the Art workers Guild; external examiner on the Conservation MA at the College of Estate Management, Reading; and as a governor of the Building Crafts College.  Hugh is on the Council of Advisors for the Institute of Classical Architecture in New York, is a trustee of the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, and is a member of the Fine Arts Faculty of The British School at Rome, and the RIBA Planning Group.  He is also Vice Chairman of The Georgian Group where he has served as a trustee for over 12 years.  He writes, lectures and teaches regularly on a free-lance basis.