Oxford University has had a formative role in shaping the city s uniquely dense historic fabric. With increased demand for development and the neglect of abandoned, poor quality buildings previously housing tanneries, breweries and slaughterhouses a national competition for the expansion of Oxford s centuries-old Pembroke College was initiated and won by Berman Guedes Stretton Architects. Known for its sympathetic approach to architecture, both in the firm s extensive experience with listed buildings and its deference for maximum functionality, the winning design comprises a human scale development of stepped quads, conference facilities and housing. Bridging Centuries outlines the genesis of the project in relation to Pembroke College s extensive history and the development s aspirations- to be innovative, useful and respectful of its context. The book discusses how the College has played a major part in rejuvenating this area of industrial decline while simultaneously integrating itself within the context of Lutyen s neighbouring Campion Hall and surrounding 1960s buildings.