Technical Studies Lecture Series: Nikolay Shahpazov, Bennetts Associates “Regenerative Architecture” | Thursday, November 17 at 18:00 (GMT), M416 + Online


When: Thursday, 17th of November, 6pm (GMT)

Where: M416, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS + Online (see tumblr page below for link)

“Earth blocks have one tenth of the embodied carbon of other commonly specified materials such as blockwork, which is a cement-based product. Aside from the high energy demand during production, blockwork and concrete manufacturing consumes large quantities of sand, which has led to fast depleting sand supplies and environmentally damaging sea extraction. The low embodied carbon of earth blocks is a great starting point that positions us ahead of what most commercial developments are committing to right now.” 

Nikolay Shahpazov 

Since joining Bennetts Associates in 2019, Nikolay has been involved in various areas of research, with a particular focus on regenerative materials, setting up contacts with suppliers and manufacturers. Nikolay is a member of the Bennetts Associates Sustainability group. He studied architecture at the Architectural Association in London, graduating in 2007 and winning the Alex Stanhope Forbes Prize. 

As part of the new Tribeca development behind Kings Cross, Nikolay is helping to pioneer a new regenerative building process that will see the excavated subsoil of the site transformed into unfired earth blocks for use in the project. This initiative will reduce landfill waste and harness the benefits of this natural building material – regulating indoor temperature and humidity levels, and purifying the air by trapping and metabolising airborne pollutants.

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