Architecture is the latest Conversation in Creativity

27 October 2016

The international architect behind the redevelopment of Preston's Grade II-listed bus station will lead a Conversations in Creativity event about architecture.

Architect John Puttick joins Gareth Gardner, a London-based photographer and journalist for Blueprint, the magazine which covers architecture, design and art.

The event takes place on Wednesday 2 November from 6pm to 8pm, at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston.

The Conversation in Creativity event has been organised by Creative Lancashire, in association with Blueprint and the North Lancashire Society of Architects.

Gareth will moderate a discussion about John's projects across the globe and his design inspirations, followed by a Q&A session, with opportunities for the audience members to ask questions.

It's not just aimed at industry practitioners, it's also open to students and people with a general interest in the creative process.

Tickets are priced at £6 and include a drinks reception on the balcony, as well as access to the gallery spaces and current exhibits. For more details and to book your place, visit

Ed Matthews-Gentle from Creative Lancashire, a service provided by Lancashire County Council, said: "This is the latest in our exciting series of Conversations in Creativity events where people get exclusive opportunities to get up close with creative figures, such as designers, musicians, writers and actors; to discuss their life, work and inspirations.

"We’re delighted to bring John's international experience to this Conversation in Creativity. Last year John Puttick Associates won the prestigious Preston Bus Station competition organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects – RIBA – which is sure to increase interest in this exciting event."

John Puttick is a British architect based in London and New York. He established his studio – John Puttick Associates – in 2014 having worked for several years on major building projects in the UK, Europe and China. His studio has designed a number of residential projects in the United States and their first completed work was the Surge Gallery for emerging artists in Beijing.

Gareth Gardner is former editor of interiors magazine FX, features editor of architectural weekly Building Design and contributes to many different publications including a regular photography slot in FX and a series of major combined words/photographic features for Blueprint magazine. Gareth's work has been widely published in books, magazines and newspapers around the world.

Conversations in Creativity is a series of events where creative people from across the principles, crafts and disciplines explore how inspiration from around the world informs process.

Previous events have featured Wayne and Geraldine Hemingway, Gary Aspden (Adidas), Pete Fowler (Illustrator/Animation Film Maker/Designer), Donna Wilson (Designer) and a series of events during the Guild Festival with Nick Park (Aardman), Lemn Sissay (Poet) and Jeanette Winterson (Author) – hosted by Dave Haslam & John Robb.

Creative Lancashire is a service provided by Lancashire County Council through its economic development company – Lancashire County Developments Ltd (LCDL). They support creative and digital businesses and work with all sectors to realise creative potential.

For information visit You can follow them on twitter – @CreativeLancs.

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