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What’s on Architecture for all Spring 2012


Home Season


From exhibitions and talks to conferences and awards, the Royal Institute of British Architects celebrates and promotes the benefits of good architecture – past, present and future – through engagement with all.





Further events


Spring highlights • Home Season • Emerging Architecture talks and exhibition • Royal Gold Medal 2012: Herman Hertzberger • Contemporary Norwegian Architecture • Birmingham, Liverpool & London tours • Last Tuesdays



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Estudio de arquitectura José María Sánchez García, Rowing Centre, Alange, Badajoz, Spain. Photo: José María Sánchez García

Explore the past, present and future of the home with a new RIBA exhibition accompanied by a series of talks and events at 66 Portland Place (unless otherwise stated). The season complements HomeWise, the RIBA’s national campaign to improve the quality of the nation's new build housing

Exhibition 16 February–27 April, Gallery 1 Home is an essential part of us all. The houses, flats, tower blocks and estates that we live in are extensions of our everyday lives. At their simplest they are practical places – buildings for us to eat or sleep in. Yet for most, home is the most expensive thing we ever buy – or would like to buy – a complex thing offering a lifetime of investment and preoccupation. Home has always been a signifier of status and of ambition, but also an indicator of want and frustration.

Home Season

Home Season

A Place to Call Home Where we live and why

Below left Suburbia, Lewisham, London, 1954. Photo: John Maltby/ RIBA Library Photographs Collection Below Peter Nicholson, Design for a second rate house, 1823. Photo: RIBA Library Photographs Collection

This new RIBA exhibition, guest curated by Sarah Beeny, charts the story of the design and appeal of everyday homes in the UK. It explores the characteristics of a British obsession and the experiments that have shaped how and where we live. Free


Home Season

Associated events High Society Exhibition 16 February–27 April British Architectural Library Using vintage imagery from the RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs Collection this exhibition explores five classic post-war high-rise housing schemes – the Alton Estate at Roehampton; Churchill Gardens, Pimlico; Park Hill, Sheffield; Hutchesontown, Glasgow; and Thamesmead. Library opening hours, see page 19. Photo ID required

Below Park Hill Estate, Sheffield, 1961. Photo: Architectural Press Archive/RIBA Library Photographs Collection Above right Cottage-style terraced houses, Poundbury, Dorset, 2003. Photo: Christopher Hope-Fitch/ RIBA Library Photographs Collection Right Land Of Promise – The Promised Land. © BFI

Your House, Your Home Family activity Friday 17 February, 11.00–15.00 Enjoy a fun-filled day all about the Great British home. Take a tour of A Place to Call Home and learn how our homes have changed over the past two centuries. Be inspired by the RIBA’s incredible collection of drawings and models, and build your own House of the Future using just scissors, paper, glue and a bit of imagination. Free family drop-in event

A Place Called Bata-ville Talk Tuesday 28 February, 19.00 Britain’s relationship with the modern movement and its early landmarks are well established through buildings such as Highpoint or Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion. Less well known is the Bata Estate in East Tilbury, an interwar development that predates them all. Discover more about this obscure modernist landmark, planned and built by the Bata shoe manufacturer, in a talk and discussion led by Dr Irena Murray, Director of the British Architectural Library. Free drop-in event 4

Land of Promise Director Paul Rotha, 1946 Film Tuesday 28 February, 18.30 In the years immediately following the Second World War rehousing was a national priority. This landmark documentary film, featuring John Mills, is a passionate and ambitious discussion of the factors leading to the postwar housing crisis. It is a rousing piece calling on the people of Britain to demand better conditions and prepare for a new era of improvement in housing. (Running time 63 minutes) Tickets: £5. Advance booking advisable at

Building Futures debate Tuesday 13 March, 18.30 Join a debate that brings together experts with different ideas about how the future homes of Britain will be designed and delivered. New research will be revealed looking at how people live now and what that might mean for the design of our homes in the future. Come and debate emerging trends and their implications. Building Futures is the urban think tank of the RIBA. For full details, including speakers, visit

A House to Call Home Closer Look talk Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington Tuesday 10 April, 13.00–14.00 As an extension of our everyday lives, a home is an essential part of us all. Featuring the work of William Chambers, CFA Voysey, Erno Goldfinger, Tecton and more, this talk examines how great architects have explored and expressed ideas of house and home. With Dr Elizabeth Grant, RIBA.

Free but advance booking essential. Please email

Britain faces a housing crisis. There is a shortage of homes and not enough are being built. As we try to get Britain building again it's important to make sure we're building the right type of homes – homes that are well designed, that meet modern lifestyles and will stand the test of time.

Dilapidated Dwelling Director Patrick Keiller, 2000

The RIBA have launched the HomeWise campaign because we're concerned that new homes being built today aren't good enough and consumers deserve better.

Film Tuesday 20 March, 18.30 The modern predicament of UK housing is the focus of this feature length documentary. After a 20-year absence, a fictional researcher, voiced by Tilda Swinton, returns to the UK to discover that despite the digital and economic boom, its houses are among the most expensive and most dilapidated in Western Europe. The film includes interviews and rare archival footage from architects Constant, Buckminster Fuller and the Archigram group. (Running time 78 minutes)

Home Season

Will the homes we build today be torn down in 2030?

Free drop-in event, see p.10 for details

To us, housing isn't just about numbers and percentages or bricks and mortar. It's about people. Our campaign aims to make sure that people are put at the heart of housing. Visit to join the campaign and discover useful tools for home-movers.

Tickets: ÂŁ5. Advance booking advisable at Left Erno Goldfinger, Two diagrams comparing a poorly designed kitchen with one arranged to minimise unnecessary walking between appliances, 1944. Photo: RIBA Library Drawings Collection 5

Talks and debates Join us for an engaging, topical and informative programme of talks and debates across the country. Further talks can be found on pages 4, 5 and 14

Talks in London: 66 Portland Place Cities of Tomorrow – Buildings + Public Spaces Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners Tuesday 31 January, 18.30 Cities drive cultures and economies. They are a framework for living and working together. Richard, Graham and Ivan discuss the role of the sustainable city in the 21st century and how design affects the way we live. They go on to describe the process, narrative and language of their architecture in the Far East, Europe and London. Limited tickets available

RIBA WCCA Travel Award Talk Tuesday 31 January, 18.30

Booking information All talks at 66 Portland Place £8.50/£5.50 unless otherwise stated. Advance booking essential at Alternatively, leave a message on our recorded booking line 020 7307 3699 6

Hear from the winners of the 2011 travel award as they talk about their research over the past summer. Danny Fenster from Greenwich University talks about urban development in Chongqing, China, while Naveen Anandakumar talks about cultural development in post-war Sri Lanka. Free but booking essential at

Above Herman Hertzberger. Photo: Hans van den Bogaard Opposite left to right Herman Hertzberger, Central Beheer, Apeldoorn, The Netherlands. Photo: Herman van Doorn American University in Cairo. Photo: Legorreta + Legorreta Architects Imre Makovecz, Mako Theatre. Photo: Tamás Szántó

Talks and debates

The Legacy of Imre Makovecz – Organic Architecture from Beyond the Mainstream Edwin Heathcote and János Gerle Tuesday 6 March, 18.30

Social Space Herman Hertzberger Royal Gold Medal Lecture 2012

Ricardo Legorreta AIA UK Keynote Lecture 2012

Wednesday 8 February, 18.30

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Gold Medalist and 2011 Praemium Imperiale Arts prize winner, Ricardo Legorreta delivers the AIA UK Keynote Lecture 2012.

This year’s Royal Gold Medallist, Dutch architect Herman Hertzberger, is concerned not so much with form as with space, which he defines as ‘place which has not been appropriated’. In his lecture he talks about how architects, instead of focusing their energies on buildings as large sculpted objects to be viewed from the outside, should see buildings as miniature cities. Architecture as a result should place more emphasis on communal life as a key point of departure for creating space. Tickets £12/£10 concessions

Tuesday 6 March, 18.30

One of the foremost architects of the Americas, Ricardo’s vibrant work is influenced by the light, textures and colours of his native Mexico. Major projects include the Hotel Camino Real in Mexico City and Carnegie Mellon College of Business & Computer Science in Qatar. Through his work at home and abroad, Ricardo reflects on what he refers to as the ‘beautiful profession’ and the inspiration and values behind his designs.

The architecture of RIBA International Fellow Imre Makovecz, who died last year, stood well outside the mainstream. His extraordinary, handcrafted ‘organic’ buildings were deeply symbolic, highly personal and bedded in both his own philosophy and the culture of his native Hungary. This talk, introduced by Edwin Heathcote and delivered by János Gerle, explores Makovecz’s unique legacy. Drinks and canapés will be served afterwards. Free but advance booking essential, see page 6


Talks and debates

Emerging Architecture The thirteenth ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture recognise excellence in realised work by architects under 45. Enjoy a series of talks about their work by six of the winning and commended architects from around the world. Don’t miss the Emerging Architecture exhibition at 66 Portland Place until 29 February, see page 13. Main sponsor partner d line, sponsor partner Miele, supported by Austin Smith:Lord Tickets £8.50/£5.50. For booking information see page 6

Storytelling Boonserm Premthada + Molo Design Ltd Tuesday 7 February, 18.30 Bangkok-based Boonserm Premthada’s approach is one of adventurousness and artistic daring, particularly in the application of materials. Boonserm talks about the inspirations behind the Kantana Film and Animation Institute project and the challenges of creating this distinctive new learning environment.

Above left to right Bangkok Project Company Limited, Kantana Film & Animation Institute, Kantana Town, Thailand. Photo: Boonserm Premthada Creuse Carrasco Arquitectos SLP, Harbour remodeling, Malpica, Spain. Photo: Xoan Pinon Zigzag Arquitectura, Social Housing, Mieres, Spain. Photo: Zigzag Arquitectura 8

Enclosed by ribbons of twisted steel, Molo Design’s Nebuta House draws on Japanese building principles to create a new home for a national tradition. Nebuta Matsuri is a form of storytelling during which heroes and creatures from myths come to life as paper lanterns. Canadian practice Molo discuss this unique cultural project.

Waterside Creuse Carrasco Arquitectos + Estudio de arquitectura José María Sánchez García Tuesday 14 February, 18.30 Creuse Carrasco Arquitectos’ work is concerned with creating social space and intervention. They discuss their work on harbour remodelling at Malpica, a remote Galician fishing village – providing facilities for the fishing fleet, while creating a new set of striking public spaces aimed at reversing the fortunes of the village. Madrid-based Estudio de Arquitectura José María Sánchez’s new centre for rowing on the Alange Reservoir in south-west Spain is a striking new building addressing nature yet barely intruding into it. José María Sánchez presents this and other projects demonstrating the practice’s approach to lightness and material refinement.

Last Tuesdays


Join us for the last Tuesday of every month (from February) and discover one of London’s hidden gems for an evening with a difference. The RIBA’s stunning Art Deco building is open after hours for everyone to enjoy. Relax and take part in a wide range of special activities and events, from exhibitions and talks to film-screenings and building tours.

Habitats Zigzag Arquitectura + Chinthaka Wickramage Associates Tuesday 28 February, 18.30 Established in 2005, Zigzag Arquitectura has worked extensively in design and research. Recipients of numerous awards, they discuss their striking new social housing scheme in Mieres, Spain. Here, a generic courtyard block has been reassembled to create new structures with bold geometries, while remaining humane in scale. Chinthaka Wickramage Associates draw on the rich vernacular tradition of Sri Lanka to respond to modern day requirements. Their new community centre in Thalalla restores essential services to a community devastated by the 2004 tsunami. Chinthaka discusses the project and the ancient Buddhist tradition of building on pillars to withstand flooding.

Browse the extensive bookshop and explore the world-class library, or simply meet friends for a drink in the bar or a bite to eat in the restaurant. Free admission (some special events are charged). Visit programmes for full information. 66 Portland Place, including the restaurant, bar and Library (until 20.00), is also open every Tuesday evening until 22.00.

Photo: Adam Parker


Talks and debates

Talks in London: V&A Closer Look talks Take part in one of our Closer Look talks at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership. All talks take place 13.00–14.00, are free and drop-in (please note, numbers are limited). Please meet at the Grand Entrance at 12.55

John Loughborough Pearson: The Founder of The Modern School of Gothic Architecture Tuesday 17 January In 1897, The Times newspaper proclaimed the Victorian architect John Loughborough Pearson ‘the founder of the modern school of Gothic architecture'. Discover his architectural drawings in the V&A and RIBA collections and examine the role he played in the development of the Gothic Revival, focusing on the controversies that surrounded his restorations of historic buildings. With Esme Whittaker, V&A.

Royal Residences and the River Thames Tuesday 21 February

Right John Loughborough Pearson, Design for the church of Saint Augustine, Kilburn, London, 1874. RIBA Library Drawings & Archives Collection Above right Print of Hampton Court Palace, Richmond upon Thames, London, 1707. RIBA Library Photographs Collection 10

For centuries the Thames was the lifeblood of London, offering trade and transport routes and an important arena for royal display and pageantry. Explore the architecture and development of four riverside palaces at Windsor, Hampton Court, Whitehall and Greenwich through the RIBA and V&A collections. With Katharine Jones, RIBA.

Sun and Shadow: Caribbean Homes by Ray Nathaniels Tuesday 20 March The Sri Lankan-born, Londontrained architect Ray James Holman Nathaniels (1920–2005) spent 50 years designing elegant resort homes in the Bahamas, blending local materials within a modern architectural vocabulary. Explore a selection of his work from the mid 1950s until the late 1990s, assessing his unique contributions to the development of the modern Caribbean house. With Kurt Helfrich, RIBA.

Tuesday 10 April Examine how great architects have explored and expressed ideas of home. Part of Home Season, see page 5 for details. Free drop-in event

Below Exterior of the Royal Albert Hall, c.1880. © V&A Images

Albertopolis: the Development of South Kensington’s Cultural Quarter Wednesday 29 February, 13.00–13.45 Hochhauser Auditorium, V&A Discover how South Kensington developed into the world-renowned cultural quarter that it is today. Join Susan Pugh, co-curator of the Albertopolis exhibition (see page 14), to learn more about the area’s origins in the Great Exhibition of 1851 and the history of its various institutions, while also looking to the future. Free event, no booking required

Talks elsewhere in London

Enjoy a series of talks and tours, from RIBA London and the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards, that link eating and drinking with cutting-edge design. Each event takes place at a landmark London dining establishment. Co-led by the venue architect or designer and the chef or operator, they offer an exclusive insight into the design, menu and ethos behind the venture. Each tour culminates with a drink and sample bite from the menu. Details of all spring events will be available in January at Tickets: £20 per person. Advance booking essential at

Talks and debates

A House to Call Home

Debates in Leeds 4x4 making places: size matters! Thursdays 8, 15, 22 and 29 March, 18.00–20.30, The Rosebowl, Leeds Metropolitan University This year, 4x4 investigates and debates numbers – size, proportion, cost, value, efficiency, turnover and time – as the hidden force behind place-making. From the size of economies to escape distances, the numbers must work. Speakers include Professors Wulf Daseking from Freiberg, Par Gustafsson from Lund and Dublin City Planner Dick Gleeson alongside experts and practitioners from Renzo Piano and Proctor and Matthews. Now in its eleventh year, 4x4 making places brings people together to learn and debate place-making. Each of the four weekly events features four speakers who give 15 minute presentations followed by a debate with the audience. Free admission. For further details visit


Exhibitions Be inspired by one of our many free changing exhibitions and displays across the UK

Exhibitions in London: 66 Portland Place

The RIBA Manser Medal 2011

Admission to all exhibitions at 66 Portland Place is free. Galleries open Monday–Saturday 10.00–17.00 (Tues until 22.00). Please note early closures may occur for special events, call 020 7580 5533 to check.

Until 31 January, Gallery 1

The RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards Until 28 January, Gallery 2 & Lutyens Room Enjoy an exhibition of award-winning student work selected from 300 schools of architecture in over 60 countries. The awards categories include the Bronze Medal for Part 1, the Silver Medal for Part 2 and the Dissertation Medal. The RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards are aimed at promoting excellence in the study of architecture, rewarding talent and encouraging architectural debate worldwide. All nominated projects can be viewed online at

The RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards in association with Atkins are also supported by the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, Callprint, and the SOM Foundation. The RIBA Journal is the media partner of the awards.


An exhibition of the RIBA Manser Medal 2011 for the best new house in the UK in association with HSBC Private Bank. The RIBA Manser Medal is awarded every year to the best one-off new house or major extension designed by an architect in the UK, with the shortlist chosen from winners of an RIBA Award. Enjoy a display of the six shortlisted properties. May occasionally be closed for events, call 020 7580 5533 In association with


RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2011 12–31 March, Gallery 2 The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland presents the annual Irish Architecture Awards, celebrating an extensive selection of new buildings submitted through open competition by its members. The display showcases an eclectic collection of winning entries, from a city sports stadium to a seaside house. The RIAI Irish Architecture Awards is the key initiative undertaken by the Institute to communicate to the public the variety and quality of contemporary Irish Architecture.

A Place to Call Home Where we live and why

Emerging Architecture

16 February–27 April, Gallery 1

Explore work by young architects from the annual ar+d Awards for Emerging Architecture. Now in its thirteenth year, it is the leading awards programme for architects and designers under 45, regularly attracting over 500 entries from around the world.

A major new RIBA exhibition charting the story of housing in the UK, and the experiments that have shaped how and where we live. Part of Home Season, see page 3 for full details.

Until 29 February, Florence Hall

An immense diversity of projects covering buildings, interiors, product design, engineering structures, urbanism and landscape provides a fascinating snapshot of architecture’s emerging generation. Left Duggan Morris Architects, Hampstead Lane, London. Winner of the RIBA Manser Medal 2011. Photo: James Brittain Above Thamesmead, Greenwich, London, 1970s. Photo: Tony Ray-Jones/RIBA Library Photographs Collection Above right Molo Design Ltd, Nebuta House Museum, Aomori City, Japan. Photo: Molo Design Ltd Right Long Room Hub at Trinity College, Dublin. Photo: RIAI

Main sponsor partner d line, sponsor partner Miele, supported by Austin Smith:Lord



Contemporary Norwegian Architecture Landscape and Intervention by Reiulf Ramstad and Jensen & Skodvin 12 April–15 June, Gallery 2 & Florence Hall Reiulf Ramstad Architects and Jensen & Skodvin Architects are two of the most high-profile and innovative practices based in Norway. This exhibition explores their work, highlighting rural contemporary Norwegian architecture through the National Tourist Routes in Norway scheme. A selection of Tourist Routes projects – completed across the country – are displayed by each practice, in addition to a range of other buildings that have been undertaken, including housing and public works.

Exhibition talk Tuesday 17 April, 18.30 A talk to accompany the exhibition by architects Jan Olav Jensen and Reiulf Ramstad. Tickets £8.50/£5.50. Booking essential, see page 6 for details.

Film screenings Tuesday 1 May and Tuesday 29 May, 18.30 Enjoy two contemporary architecture and design films from Norway. Free and drop-in.

Exhibitions in London: V&A Take advantage of the combined expertise of the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership with an ongoing programme of exhibitions. Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington. Open daily 10.00–17.45, Fridays 10.00–22.00.

Albertopolis: The Development of South Kensington and the Exhibition Road Cultural Quarter

British Designs 1948– 2012: Innovation in a Modern Age

Until 29 April, V&A+RIBA Architecture Gallery, Room 128a

To coincide with the 2012 Olympics, this exhibition showcases 60 years of British creative talent. It documents the transformation of design in Britain since the post-war ‘Austerity Games' of 1948, drawing on the V&A’s unrivalled collections, alongside individual items from the RIBA, examining concepts of tradition and modernity, subversion and innovation.

Drawing on previously unseen objects from the V&A and RIBA collections, this display charts the development of South Kensington and the Exhibition Road Cultural Quarter from 1851 to the present day. It focuses on how the site became the architectural embodiment of Prince Albert’s ambitious cultural aspirations. Free Enjoy a special talk on the subject on 29 February, see p.11 for details.

Left National Tourist Route Project. Photo: Reiulf Ramstad Arkitektkontor 14

31 March–12 August Exhibition Courts

Admission charge. Visit for details

Above Thomas Leverton Donaldson, Competition design for the Albert Memorial & the Hall of Science, 1863. RIBA Library Drawings & Archives Collections

Exhibitions at the RIBA Hub, Manchester

Forgotten Spaces

RIBA Hub, CUBE, Manchester, 113–115 Portland Street, Manchester M1 6DW

Until 29 January, 10.00–18.00 Somerset House, South Wing, Victoria Embankment Entrance From underground climbing tunnels, city grottos, rooftop social hubs and urban farms, this hugely popular RIBA London exhibition showcases innovative ideas for the regeneration of neglected spaces across the capital. forgottenspaceslondon Free


Exhibitions elsewhere in London

Making Structures 16 January–17 February

Regent Street Windows Project 16 April–6 May Now in its third year, the RIBA London Regent Street Windows Project partners architects with retailers to create a series of window installations responding to the theme of play. Full details of the project and walking tours of the resulting displays can be found at regentstreetwindows2012 Free

Left Forgotten Spaces at Somerset House. Photo: Filip Gierlinski Above Ian McChesney, Levi store waterless concept Above right The proposed Picc-Vic Tunnel, Manchester. Photo: Essex Goodman Suggitt

Making Structures is a Year 1 architecture student project that explores structures and materials through large-scale models. The project connects structural principles with practical experiences of building, testing and recording, which can be used as part of the students’ growing design vocabulary.

Infra_MANC 24 February–24 March This exhibition provides a chance to look at the processes involved in the procurement, marketing and delivery of key infrastructure projects of the post-war era in Manchester. The Mancunian Way, the never realised Picc-Vic tunnel, the Guardian Exchange and fanciful dreams of a city centre heliport are all presented using artefacts found and recovered from the various archives and museums of the region.

Non-Place Anglo-Italian Adventures in Exile 28 March–20 April An exhibition by George Epolito, Senior Lecturer at Manchester School of Architecture. Free. Open Monday-Friday, 10am–5.30pm, Saturday, 12.00–17.30 For more information call 0161 236 7691



Further events and activities

Awards dinner

Tours & walks

Royal Gold Medal and Fellowships Dinner 2012


RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London Thursday 9 February, 17.45 Join Dutch architect Herman Hertzberger as he is presented with the 2012 Royal Gold Medal. For Hertzberger the structure of a building is not an end in itself, it is literally the framework for the life that goes on inside it, a life that is determined by its users. This goes for a school, a home or an office – all building-types he has transformed in a fifty year career in architecture. The evening also includes the presentation of the International and Honorary Fellowships 2012. Tickets £156 (inc VAT). For more information and to book tickets, go to, email or call 020 7307 3778

66 Portland Place Guided Tours Guided tours, 66 Portland Place, London The RIBA headquarters at 66 Portland Place is a fine example of Grade II 1930s architecture with many original features and fittings. Discover more about this amazing building with a guided tour.

Free Public Tours Last Tuesday of the month, 19.00 Join us for a free tour as part of the Last Tuesdays programme, see page 9. Free. Maximum 20 people, no large groups

Private Group Tours By appointment only Private tours can arranged in advance for large groups. Charges apply. Please contact us to discuss your requirements on 020 7580 5533 or email (marking your email RIBA Guided Tour)


Liverpool RIBA Liverpool City Tours

Walk app, London Guide yourself through the heart of the West End with your iPhone. Available to download from the App Store, this RIBA Walk is a unique architectural guide to Regent Street and The Regent’s Park, giving you access to the heritage and stories behind some of London’s most famous sights. Free

Walking tours, Saturdays 10.30 and Sundays 11.00 4, 5 February and 3, 4 March

Birmingham BAApp – Walking Architecture Walk app, Birmingham Experience the best of Birmingham's architecture in real time with a new interactive mapping app. Walking Architecture is the first app to unveil the stories and people behind the city’s buildings. Download the BAApp at or search for BAApp at the App Store. Free

Above Image from the Nash Ramblas walk app. Photo: RIBA Library Photographs Collection Left Herman Hertzberger, NHL University Leeuwarden, 2004–10. Photo: John Lewis Marshall

Discover Liverpool’s past, present and future with one of our popular Liverpool: Gateway to the World walking tours. Led by RIBA guides, the tour puts the spotlight on the city’s buildings, streets and public spaces that form part of the contemporary city landscape, its characters, its commerce and its culture. Another full programme of RIBA Liverpool City Tours will begin in April. Visit liverpoolcitytours for full details. Tickets: £7.50/£3.50 concessions. Advance booking essential on 0151 707 0729. Meeting point: The Equator, Mann Island, Liverpool

Further events & activities

RIBA Walks – Nash Ramblas

Courses & Workshops in London Iconic Buildings: From the Renaissance to Postmodernism Course, Tuesdays, 17 April–12 June, 18.30–20.30, Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington Private or public, monumental or intimate, buildings crystallise the creative spirit and genius of their age. Discover what inspired architects and learn about the wide networks of artists and designers employed to realise ambitious design schemes and satisfy demanding patrons. Drawing on the rich collections and expertise of curators at the RIBA and V&A, this course provides an evocative visual history of architecture from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Jointly organised with the V&A. For course costs and bookings visit

Left Liverpool Pier Head Canal Link. Photo: Paul McMullin 17

Further events & activities

Create! Architectural Drawing Workshop for 16–19 years Saturday 21 April, 11.00–16.00 Sackler Centre, Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington Create stunning architectural drawings on location around the V&A, learning the tricks of the trade with a qualified architect. Be inspired by examples of historical and contemporary

architectural drawings of London’s most famous buildings in the Prints and Drawings Study Room and the V&A+RIBA Architecture Gallery. Sketch books and access to Google Sketch-Up are supplied, but you are welcome to bring your own paper and laptops.

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Left Sir George Gilbert Scott, Design for St Pancras Station and the Midland Grand Hotel, London, 1865. RIBA Library Drawings & Archives Collections 18

As the UK’s national architecture centre, we have an internationally recognised collection for research and information, and deliver a varied programme of exhibitions, talks and other public events, including awards such as the RIBA Stirling Prize (broadcast on BBC 2) and the Royal Gold Medal. In addition, we collaborate with the Victoria and Albert Museum, as part of the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership.

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Cover Alton East Estate, Roehampton, London, 1970s. Photo: Architectural Press Archive/RIBA Library Photographs Collection. From A Place to Call Home exhibition, see p.3

RIBA What's On Spring 2012  

A guide to the RIBA's public and cultural programme for spring 2012, including exhibitions, talks, conferences, tours and awards.

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