Is there a future for physical shops?

Thursday 22nd September, 2016 | 6.00pm - 7.00pm

Gasholders London sales gallery
Goods Way
King’s Cross

Bricks-and-mortar shops are in trouble. It’s not just the big retail failures like BHS that are casting a deep shadow over the high street; there are simply fewer people out shopping.

We know the reasons why. Consumer behaviour has changed – customers don’t differentiate between buying online, on a mobile device or in-store-and many retailers have been unable to adapt their business to meet these new demands.

While the ‘death of the high street’ has become a favoured headline for years now it ignores some good news – developers, retailers and designers who are creating new shopping destinations that upend the old models.

What are these models and how do you lure people off their sofa and into physical shops?

The audience will hear from an expert panel on why they think bricks and mortar shops will not simply survive but thrive.

This event is being held as part of designjunction which is free to architects and other trade professionals. If you are a member of the public and would like to attend this event designjunction is offering a discounted rate of £5 plus VAT-  please click here for details.

The panel event will from 6pm to 7pm be followed by drinks. Please note we are starting at 6pm sharp.

We will be announcing the  winners of the inaugural Archiboo Web Awards sponsored by Adrem, First Base and Roche Bobois at 7.30pm approx.






Rachel Arthur
Rachel is an award-winning business journalist specialising in fashion and technology. Alongside her work setting up and running Fashion & Mash, she regularly contributes to titles including Forbes, The International New York Times, The Daily Telegraph, Wired, The Business of Fashion, Fashionista, Mashable and more. Rachel was previously based in New York as a senior editor for leading online fashion trade publication and trend forecaster WGSN.

Ross Bailey
Ross is the CEO & Founder of Appear Here, the leading online marketplace for short-term retail space. Based on the concept that renting commercial property should be as easy as booking a hotel room, Appear Here’s mission is to make retail space accessible to everyone. It was hailed as one of ‘the most disruptive companies of 2014’, by The Financial Times and chosen as one of Wired’s ‘100 Hottest Start Ups’.

Jamie Fobert
Jamie was born in Canada and arrived in London in 1988. He worked for 8 years at David Chipperfield Architects founding his own practice in 1996. He has a unique perspective on the potentials of retail projects, having worked on worldwide store concepts for brands including Givenchy and Versace, as well as masterplanning for complex, large-scale retail projects for Selfridges in London and BHV in Paris. He has a deep understanding of what retailers look for and what they measure as a success.

Craig White
Craig is a Retail Project Director at Argent charged with delivering a new vision for retail, leisure and amenity within the 7 'neighbourhoods' of King’s Cross. Highlights so far include working with Heatherwick Studios on the historic Coal Drops Yard scheme and opening Nike’s new retail concept ‘Central’ on King’s Boulevard, a global first for the brand. Prior to joining Argent in 2014, Craig managed the retail assets of London’s Regent Street and St James’s on behalf of the Crown Estate, overseeing the arrival of some of the world’s best flagship retail stores.