Christina Norton

1996-Present

Date

1996–Present

Qualifications

BSc (Hons.) | AA Dip Arch, RIBA

Position

Founding Director
Fluid / Soundings

Email

christina@fluidoffice.com

Christina Norton

Founding Director

Date

1996–Present

Qualifications

BSc (Hons.) | AA Dip Arch, RIBA

Position

Founding Director
Fluid / Soundings

Email

christina@fluidoffice.com

Christina is an architect, urbanist and founding director of Fluid (1996-present). With partner Steve McAdam she has shaped a new attitude towards architecture, planning and urban design informed by creative practice and cross-disciplinary thinking. Her work ranges in scales from large-scale regeneration, neighbourhood planning, urban strategies to hybrid programmes and interventions for public places and spaces to one off architectural projects and interventions.

As Director of Fluid, Christina is co-directing the Wood Green Investment Framework for Haringey Council, developing the placemaking strategy and vision, as well as a Co-design project for Lend Lease and the Deptford Community and she recently directed Park Prewett masterplan and Reserved Matters application for a housing development for 585 homes in Hampshire.

In 2011, following the winning through competition of the Meanwhile London Docks project, Christina set up a third company Industri[us] to develop and deliver interim use projects on vacant sites under the theme of Re/use, Re/work and Re/value – bringing together the combined experience, interest and values of Fluid & Soundings.

In 2007 with fellow director Steve McAdam she founded Soundings, as sister company to Fluid, established to offer stand alone public and stakeholder engagement, acting as an impartial voice in the development process, and building on Fluid’s extensive experience of community and participative practice.

As a Director of Soundings Christina is leading the dialogue on a number of high profile and significant development projects for London including: Canada Water Masterplan for British Land; UCL East, for LLDC and UCL; and Timber Wharves, Deptford, for Lend Lease.

Christina studied architecture at the Bartlett School and then the AA, where she was awarded the Edith Cadicott Scholarship. Following an infamous graduation Christina was a founder member of NATØ (Narrative Architecture Today) the avant-garde architecture group which brought together architecture, life style and street culture to create a narrative and dynamic approach to city design and place making. The group produced a manifesto / magazine, exhibitions, competition entries and happenings. The work of the group has been widely written about, exhibited and researched and is considered a game changer in respect of architectural history.

Christina has taught at both the Architectural Association (AA) and London Metropolitan University (LMU), between 1984 and 2009 variously.

Through design studios at London Metropolitan University she and partner Steve pioneered the ‘live project’ as a vehicle for learning and bridging the gap between academia and the real world, engaging directly with communities affected by regeneration and developing creative tools for consultation that have become standards across the field.