Multistory Lecture by
Cristina Monteiro

Please join us this Thursday 21st March at 17.30 for the latest in our Multistory MONEY series organised by the School of Architecture and Design. We are delighted to host Cristina Monteiro of architecture practice DK-CM whose talk will explore the issue of Social Value in relation to architecture and urban design.


The talk will focus on the importance of discussing social value within DK-CM’s projects, and will reflect on their short, medium, and long-term impacts and investments. Are we well-placed to provide good value for the places we design? What is the difference between social and economic value? How does integrating social value into urban planning and architectural projects promote inclusivity and address social inequalities? With no definitive answers to give but lots of insights from projects delivered by DK-CM over the last 12 years.


Cristina Monteiro is an architect and author, and co-founded DK-CM in 2012 with David Knight. In 2021 she was shortlisted for the Moira Gemmill Prize in recognition of excellence in design for women designers under 45. Cristina’s work explores the complex history and ecology of places through the practice of conservation. In 2022 she directed a documentary film ‘London Grows’ capturing the diversity of ways people get close to nature in a big city, as part of the ‘Wild City’ campaign.

Cristina writes a column for The Architects’ Journal and is working on a TV script exploring spatial equality, representation, and climate change. Cristina is an RIBA Conservation Registrant, and studied at London Metropolitan University, where she won the School Prize for Social Entrepreneurship, and at the Architectural Association, where she gained her Part III in 2011. She has taught at Kingston University and Central Saint Martins, and has been a visiting lecturer and critic at the Architectural Association, Cambridge University, Syracuse University, and the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

Multistory is the long-running public lecture series run by the School. Organised by Charles Holland and Cat Rossi, we have developed a new format this year, with each semester focusing on a specific, single-word theme which addresses key challenges facing architecture, design, planning and the environment.

This term’s theme is MONEY. Speakers will cover subjects including: the financing of architecture and design projects; the role of developers, clients, and unions; gentrification; the visual and material culture of money; economic histories of architecture and design, critical creative explorations of the economy. We seek to address these themes from a range of historical, theoretical, and practice-based perspectives.

Multistory Winter/Spring 2024

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