LSE Estates Division has established many external partnerships in order to forge relationships and share good practice.
Julian Robinson is a member of the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE), a body that meet regularly in order to promote excellence in the strategic planning and management of the University Estate and Facilities. Ken Kinsella is Chair of the AUDE Capital Group.
The Northbank BID geographically sits in the centre of London. It runs from Admiralty Arch in the West, through Trafalgar Square, along the Strand and through Aldwych to Temple Bar. The BID considers economic growth and investment, improved social wellbeing for employees and residents and improved public realm through sustainable investment for capital projects and services, aiming to create a more appealing environment, reduce crime, market the area and provide a voice for local businesses. Julian Robinson has been elected as a Board Director and Vice Chairman of the Northbank BID.
Julian is a Trustee and former Chair of the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF). LSE are a founder member of HEDQF.
In 2011 LSE’s public realm improvements were included in a joint publication by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and HEDQF. In Small Budget Big Impact (PDF) the judges commented: 'This urban improvement scheme has revitalised the main gateways into the campus and enhanced LSE’s reputation by improving its civic presence.' The publication was accompanied by a short film in which LSE was one of eight schemes showcased. Both the publication and the film were launched at an event on 11 October 2011 at the University of Westminster. Julian Robinson, LSE's Director of Estates, said: 'It is gratifying that our efforts have been recognised. The campus greening programme, improved signage and way-finding, and additional provisions for pedestrians and cyclists, although small individually, are beginning to make a steep change in the quality of the campus.'
In 2013 HEDQF and LSE Estates Division commissioned a survey of students to find out their views on the quality of their university campus and how they make decisions as they go through the application process. ArchitecturePLB co-sponsored the publication of the research led by LSE, seeking to understand whether the University Estate has an impact on the Student Experience. The research was carried out by Youthsight and was first launched at the AUDE conference in 2013 through an interactive workshop delivered by HEDQF, the results Estates Matter! (PDF) were published in early 2014.
More recently in conjunction with HEDQF LSE hosted a Masterclass on Invited Design Competitions (PDF) in the recently completed Saw Swee Hock Student Centre. The aim was to help university project teams to understand the potential benefits that competitions offer and also to highlight the key items to consider.
The RIBA is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment.
Julian was awarded a 2017 Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Julian was presented with the prestigious award at a special event in early 2017 and is one of eighteen individuals from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds to be honoured, find out more here.
Ken Kinsella was awarded a 2021 Honorary Fellowship by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Ken was one of twelve individuals to be given this prestigious award.
Honorary Fellowships are awarded by the RIBA each year to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to the quality of architecture. Julian's track record runs from working with Hawkins Brown, Feilden Clegg Bradley, MJP Architects and Will Alsop at Queen Mary University to Grimshaw, O’Donnell + Tuomey, Rogers Stirk Harbour and Grafton Architects at LSE, and shows a developing dedication to raising standards in the arena of university campus architecture.
The School is a founder member of the Friends of Lincoln's Inn Fields (FLIF). The purpose of the Friends is to represent the users of the Fields and those who live or work nearby and to campaign for its continued protection and enhancement.
Julian also represents LSE at the Westminster Property Association (WPA).The WPA's principal focus is planning and economic development policy in Westminster and they maintain excellent working relationships with members and officers in the Council. Their aim is to maximise the quality of the built environment by working together to target best practice and deliver the best real estate in the world.
LSE Estates are proud to be part of the Apprenticeship Scheme and currently employ several members of staff who are working towards a qualification.
LSE Estates have been working in partnership with Open House London since 2009. The Open House concept is to open up London's splendid buildings to the general public who don't otherwise have access, as a way to help the wider community to become more knowledgeable, engage in dialogue and make informed judgements on architecture. Saw Swee Hock Student Centre was part of Open House between 2014-2018 and in 2019 more than 700 visitors were given guided tours of the Centre Building.