The Architecture of Hope
The Maggie’s brief to a newly appointed architect is perhaps the most challenging there can be; the creation of a place which can inspire hope for those who have received a potentially life-changing diagnosis. The 22 centres that the organisation have now completed since Maggie Keswick Jencks first envisioned such a place, are widely recognised as important contributors to architecture. Chris will discuss briefing, management of the creative process through design and into construction, collaboration with specialists and who owns the delivery process.
Architecture, Behaviour, Business


Chris Watson

Director of Property at Maggie's

Prior to joining Maggie’s Chris had a lead role in delivering several of the country’s leading cultural developments. Working as a consultant to many prestigious clients that include the National Gallery, the Tate Gallery, English Heritage and the Imperial War Museum, Chris took responsibility for the implementation of the Sainsbury Wing in Trafalgar Square, the Tate Modern Tanks, the Stonehenge Visitor Centre and the Imperial War Museum North to name but few. In 1998 Chris was honoured by HM The Queen for his work on the restoration of Windsor Castle following the Great Fire of 1992.

Chris joined Maggie’s as a Director in 2012 and has taken a lead role for Maggie’s in the completion of some ten Centres with Steven Holl’s Barts Centre being the most recent. He is currently working on a several further Centres which are in various stages of design and construction.


Curating experience | The Future Role of the Architect

22 October, 2018

The RIBA, Florence Hall, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD