About the Author
Alex Lifschutz is the Director of London-based practice Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. Lifschutz co-founded the firm (with the late Ian Davidson) in 1986, after working for Foster Associates. It is now a 100-strong practice. Central to the practice's work is the 'long-life, loose-fit' ethos, which considers the life of buildings beyond their immediate future. The office also has a particular expertise in the creative reuse of historic buildings, from the Oxo Tower refurbishment of the 1990s to a number of sensitive interventions in buildings in Westminster, to a string of innovative retail spaces in historic luxury department stores across Europe. The practice has made an essential contribution to the regeneration of London's South Bank.?Lifschutz is Past President of the Architectural Association and is Chair of Body & Soul, a charity devoted to children and teenagers affected by HIV.