To close the session, Anne Fairfax (Fairfax & Sammons Architects) moderated a panel discussion including session speakers, Ron Fleming (the Townscape Institute), and Clive Aslet (Country Life editor-at-large). Discussion focused on the lessons of broad significance that can be derived from speakers’ place-specific work, as well as on the relevance of place identity.
CLIVE ASLET — COUNTRY LIFE MAGAZINE EDITOR-AT-LARGE
Clive Aslet is an award-winning writer and journalist, acknowledged as a leading authority on Britain and its way of life. In 1977 he joined the magazine Country Life, was for 13 years its Editor and is now Editor-at-Large. He writes extensively for papers such as the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mail and the Spectator, and often broadcasts on television and radio.
His non-fiction works include the high acclaimed Villages of Britain, Landmarks of Britain and The English House, and his first novel The Birdcage was published last year.
RON FLEMING — ICOMOS USA AND THE TOWNSCAPE INSTITUTE
Ronald Lee Fleming was a pioneering figure in the American main street movement in the 1970s and 80s, and wrote extensively about place-making. He is Secretary of US/ICOMOS, on the board of the French Heritage Society, and formerly on the board of Royal Oak
Ron Fleming is the founder and president of the Townscape Institute, a not-for-profit public interest planning organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which aims at improving both the legibility and the livability of cities, towns, and neighbourhoods. Through advocacy for visual enhancement of the built environment and projects combining public art and urban design, the Townscape Institute affirms, enhances, and reveals a sense of place.
ANNE FAIRFAX— FAIRFAX & SAMMONS ARCHITECTS
Anne Fairfax, AIA, RIBA, is a Partner at Fairfax & Sammons Architects, New York and Palm Beach, where she specialises in traditional and classical design. Anne Fairfax's work has been awarded with a number of prizes. In 2004, her firm was awarded the Masterworks Award from the Municipal Art Society in New York. In 2003, she received the Interior Design Award from Old House Journal.
Ms Fairfax is a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA). She is also the chairman of the Merchant's House Museum, a small house museum in Manhattan. She was the chair of the selection panel for the 2015 INTBAU Excellence Awards.dio