Transcending Boundaries : The Way of Perfection
Finding the way of perfection in design and wellbeing

Wednesday 12th June 2019
6.00pm-8.00pm (talk begins 6.30pm)

Admission Free
St Stephen Walbrook, 39 Walbrook, London, EC4N 8BN

St Stephen Walbrook, listed by Pevsner amongst the ten most important buildings in England, is one of the finest of Christopher Wren’s churches and the first dome he designed. The birthplace of the Samaritans, wellbeing in the city remains a core focus of our mission today. Our unique altar, designed by Henry Moore, is a strong statement of togetherness at the heart of the City of London. We are delighted to host this panel discussion as part of the London Festival of Architecture, the City of London’s Celebration of its “Fantastic Feats” and Creativity and Wellbeing Week. Our panel will discuss the study and practice of architecture and the arts now and through history in the context of mental health and wellbeing. Can we achieve a ‘way of perfection’ in both design and wellbeing?

The discussion will be introduced by The Reverend Stephen Baxter, Parish Priest of St Stephen Walbrook

Speaker Biographies

Oliver Caroe, Caroe Architecture
Oliver is one of the country’s foremost ecclesiastical architects. Since 2012 he has been the Surveyor of the Fabric to St Paul’s Cathedral, following in the footsteps of Sir Christopher Wren. Oliver will speak about Wren’s approach to achieving perfection in architecture and how this informs his own practice today.

Yarema Ronish, RM Architects & Meditate Happy
Yarema founded and runs an architectural firm in Clerkenwell. Yarema will give a moving personal account of grappling with perfectionism and unhappiness, with examples from his experiences in architectural education and in practice and how, after he discovered mindfulness and meditation, he learned to let go and be happy.

Phil Pawlett Jackson, Christians for Architecture
Architect turned Project Manager Phil Pawlett Jackson co-ordinates Christians for Architecture. Phil will reflect on what the bible can teach us about our struggle to achieve perfection and how we can apply this to our lives and our work as creatives. Phil will also touch on how his faith influences his life and work in the profession.


Virginia Newman, Architects Mental Wellbeing Forum & RIBA Mental Health Champion
Virginia is a Director at KSR Architects and RIBA Mental Health Champion. Virginia will consider how the long hours, low pay and pressures to deliver creatively and technically can impact on employee wellbeing in architecture and design and will highlight the support available through organisations such as the Architects’ Benevolent Society and the RIBA, as well as introducing the brand new Architects’ Mental Wellbeing Toolkit.

Refreshments kindly sponsored by The Community Communications Partnership

The Community Communications Partnership

CCP specialise in providing the link between communities, architects and developers. CCP offer political engagement, media management, reputation management and community consultation services to a wide range of clients.