Mike Taylor: Track record

Mike Taylor of Hopkins Architects delivers a lecture on his recent projects, including the 2012 London Velodrome.

January 18, 2013
7:00 p.m.

HA | London Velodrome, London, United Kingdom, 2012. Credit: Anthony Palmer

Current Work is a lecture series featuring leading figures in the worlds of architecture, urbanism, design, and art.

PLEASE NOTE: this lecture has been rescheduled from October 30 due to Hurricane Sandy. Reservations and tickets from the original date will be honored. Please note that this lecture has a new venue.

The leader of the design team for the London 2012 Velodrome, Mike Taylor is a senior partner at Hopkins Architects, founded by Michael Hopkins in 1976. The firm, renowned as pioneers of prefabricated, lightweight, and sustainable architecture, is “guided by deeply-rooted architectural, environmental, and social convictions.” The design practice focuses on integrating advanced design, craft, and sustainable solutions—from early conceptual designs through construction.

Widely lauded for its elegant carefully engineered form, the Velodrome’s sustainable and flexible design has won awards for its architecture and engineering, as well as its civic presence from the RIBA, The Architects’ Journal, and the BCI, among others. Taylor will also be speaking about his other recent projects, including the Frick Chemistry Laboratory at Princeton University, Kroon Hall for the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies at Yale, and the Refectory at Norwich Cathedral. He is currently working on the new “ultra-green” headquarters for the WWF-UK, academic libraries at the Universities of East London and Nottingham, and a 500-bed public hospital in Liguria, Italy.

In addition to his role at Hopkins Architects, Taylor has lectured and tutored regularly at United Kingdom schools of architecture and has taught a postgraduate design course at Yale University.

Moderated by Richard Olcott. Olcott is a founding partner and Design Principal at Ennead Architects.


This program is co-sponsored by the The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture.

The Architectural League is pleased to acknowledge the support of TRESPA for this Current Work lecture. This program is additionally supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.