BOOK LAUNCH 5 September 2021: Walter Segal - London Open House

You can watch an interview with the authors conducted by Peter Murray HERE

Join the authors of 'Walter Segal: Self-Built Architect' for the launch of the book on a Segal estate in Lewisham -- part of London Open House 2021!

About this event:

The launch will take place on Sunday, 5 September from 13:00 – 17:00 BST in the historic Segal estate Walters Way (SE23 3LH). Visitors will have a chance to meet the authors, see the houses and buy signed copies at a special discount price.

  • Author talks 2pm and 4pm
  • Book signing
  • Chance to see the Lewisham self-built Segal houses, including some interiors (the launch takes place during London Open House)
  • Books will be available for purchase at a special discount price.
  • Refreshments available.

More on the talks:
2pm - Author Alice Grahame in conversation with Tim Oshodi, selfbuilder with Fusions Jameen, London’s first black-led housing co-op
3pm - John McKean, architectural historian and co-author of Walter Segal Selfbuilt Architect (via video)
4pm - Author Alice Grahame in conversation with Nicholas Taylor, Lewisham Councillor during the self-build period.


Walter Segal Self-built Architect is the first biography of Segal since John McKean’s Learning from Segal published in 1989. The new work includes Segal’s background, childhood, early career, his work with self-builders and his importance today.

Walter Segal (1907-1985) is known for his innovative Segal method and his practical, economic, easily constructed homes. He was the son of Dadaist painter Arthur Segal and spent his childhood in a creative community in Ascona, Switzerland surrounded by leading thinkers of the day. He trained as an architect under the modernists in Berlin and escaped to London just as the Nazis came to power. He designed modernist homes in Knightsbridge, Highgate and Hampstead before partnering with Lewisham Council for the self-build schemes that enabled ordinary people to build their own homes. He continues to be an inspiration to those who seek an alternative to today’s mainstream housing options

‘This book is a huge pleasure because it reveals the man and revels in his energy and wit. It
is also a delight because it is so authoritative, written by the two people who know Walter Segal’s life, personality and work better than anyone.’ 
Kevin McCloud, Designer, writer and presenter of Channel 4’s Grand Designs


Register for free HERE.