Exhibition: Common Ground: a new East Anglian vernacular

Exhibition presented by Hudson Architects

Hudson Architects will present ideas on making low carbon and community focused neighbourhoods in the more rural and suburban contexts we find in Norfolk, as a response to the Greater Norwich Local Plan, which aims to deliver 40,000 homes between now and 2038. 

East Anglia has an abundant supply of natural building materials. The exhibition will focus on new, ecologically responsible forms of construction and examine the role these materials can play in forming a new vernacular architecture against the backdrop of our climate emergency. It will also explore how building with these materials has the potential to bring new communities together through shared endeavours, finding common ground. 


Hudson Architects is a leading contemporary design studio founded on the ambition to pursue architecture that combines innovative and exciting design with a keen awareness of context and environmental responsibility. Their response to all projects is characterised by close attention to rich spatial and material qualities, consideration of our buildings’ impact on the environment and a determination to address the ways in which users and clients occupy the spaces we design and reduce their operating costs. Some of their projects include the RIBA East Regional Award winning refurbishment of the Grade II listed Boardman House to provide a new home for Norwich University of the Arts’ School of Architecture; the new build Coast House in the Glaven Valley in North Norfolk, a project which used knapped flint and Corten steel in its material palette, and won an RIBA East Regional Award in 2023 and Duke Street Riverside in Norwich providing more housing and teaching space for Norwich University of the Arts, which also won an RIBA East Regional Award in 2023. 

Event information:

Date / time: 3 – 16 November 2023, 12pm – 2pm
Venue: Hudson Architects, 37 St Andrew’s Street, Norwich
Tickets: Tickets not required