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What’s on Architecture for all Summer 2011

Welcome… 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. Summer highlights • Architecture Festivals • BDP at 50 • Bedford Lemere at the V&A • Festival of Britain 50th Anniversary • Reshaping Britain • RIBA Annual Discourse: Ken Yeang Keep in touch Stay informed about our latest news and events by signing-up for our free monthly email newsletter at

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Talks and debates






Further events




Join us for an engaging, topical and informative programme of talks and debates across the country

Andrea Palladio: The Influence of his Books and Drawings Tuesday 10 May, 14.30 Explore the life and work of Andrea Palladio, one of the world’s most influential architects. Presented by renowned Palladio scholar and curator Charles Hind, the talk, delivered in conjunction with House and Garden, reveals how Palladio crafted a new architectural language derived from classical sources, yet shaped to fulfill the functional demands of his own age. Tickets £20. Advance booking essential. Please send your name and address, with a cheque made payable to ‘Zoffany’ to Julia Page, Zoffany event, House & Garden, Vogue House, Hanover Square, London, W1S 1JU.

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.

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Talks in London: 66 Portland Place

Architecture: At the Edge of Divergence Tuesday 24 May, 18.30 Australian architects Richard Leplastrier and Peter Stutchbury reflect upon the wisdom that can be learned from their lands, and from their elders, and how they each have explored, through their own architecture, the divergent paths that lie ahead. Leplastrier is little known internationally but is a Gold Medallist of the Australian Institute of Architects, and received the Finnish 2004 Spirit of Nature Wood Architecture Award for his outstanding small wooden buildings. Stutchbury has won numerous Australian Institute of Architects Awards and recently completed projects in Vanuatu and Japan. His architecture is exquisitely crafted, understated, ephemeral, yet radical.

Left Skylon and the Dome of Discovery at night, Festival of Britain, South Bank, London, 1951. John Maltby/RIBA Library Photographs Collection Above Peter Stutchbury and Richard Leplastrier 3

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19th Century Highlights from the RIBA Library Photographs Collection Thursday 9 June, 13.00 Discover some of the gems of the RIBA Library’s extensive collection of 19th century photographs. View original material at close hand and hear about the role and the development of architectural photography in the second half of the century. With Valeria Carullo, RIBA. Free and drop-in (please note numbers are limited). Meet in the reception at 66 Portland Place.

Design Bites Tuesday 14 June, 18.30 Join us for one of a series of talks and tours linking eating and drinking with cutting edge design. The inaugural RIBA London and Restaurant & Bar Design Awards event reviews a selection of pioneering restaurant and bar designs, with speakers including Fergus Henderson (chef and hotelier), Ab Rogers (designer) and Noel Hunwick (Inamo Restaurant). A must for those with an appetite for design! In celebration of Design Bites, Arthur Potts Dawson is working with RIBA’s Executive Chef Leon Secretan and Food Director Michelin starred Chef David Cavalier to design an energy efficient food menu for the RIBA restaurant, which is open for dinner on the same evening. Talk attendees receive a 10% discount on the food menu (T&Cs apply). Visit for details.

The RIBA Annual Discourse Ken Yeang

For booking information, see page 3.

Wednesday 15 June, 18.30 Dr. Ken Yeang, Chairman of Llewelyn Davies Yeang, is recognised internationally for his focus on sustainable design. Extending over three decades, his work explores the aesthetics of what ‘green’ should look like. Dr Yeang presents his latest research and ideas on green design, illustrated by his firm’s recent designs, masterplans and built work, alongside novel technical solutions to complex ecological issues.

Left Great Laxey Wheel, Isle of Man. Photo: James Valentine/RIBA Library Photographs Collection Above right Ken Yeang 4

The lecture will be followed by a reception and book launch of Ecoarchitecture: The Work of Ken Yeang, John Wiley & Sons (UK). For booking information, see page 3.

Join a national series of discussions exploring the drivers behind change in our cities and public spaces – from new railways to the Olympics and Localism. Events take place in London, Birmingham (see page 7), Manchester and Liverpool. Visit for details.

Reshaping London Produced in collaboration with

All tickets £5 unless otherwise stated. Advance booking essential. For booking information, see page 3.

New Age of Rail Is the train key to our future vision of place? Tuesday 31 May, 18.30 Rail was a key component in the growth of our cities and contributed to the transformation of British society. Where rail went, economic and social enterprise followed, manifested in bold design. Can railways once again provide a new strategic purpose? Is rail the opportunity to re-think the design of our cities and economy? Join a panel discussion chaired by Peter Bill, Evening Standard, with Sir Peter Hall from Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning, Professor Dr Andrew McNaughton of High Speed Two, Chris Williamson of Weston Williamson Architects and John Harding of Crossrail.

After the Party: What will be the true legacy of the London Games? Building Futures debate Tuesday 7 June, 18.30 A thriving place is more than a sum of its parts. The London Games has captured the national imagination, throwing down the gauntlet for the development of place. What lessons have the Games taught us about regeneration and community? RIBA Building Futures presents a panel discussion looking at who will live, work and play in the East End post 2012. With Hadrian Garrard of Create London, Bob Allies of Allies and Morrison, author David Goldblatt and Eleanor Fawcett of OPLC. Free.

A Better Outside: Could subversive tactics bring our public spaces back to life?

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Reshaping Britain

20 years. Investment in design has created great places, within which one can sit, watch, relax and play. With looming budget cuts and an increased tendancy towards security and behavioural controls, are our spaces under threat? Do we need to relax attitudes and planning controls to re-invigorate city space? Chaired by Mark Brearley, Design for London with Martha Schwartz of Martha Schwartz Partners, Peter Heath of Atkins Global, Ben Plowden of TfL and Richard Reynolds of

A Flourish of Meanwhiles: Do ‘pop ups’ offer real long term possibilities? Tuesday 28 June, 18.30 London and other European cities are experiencing a boom for temporary uses of space. From cycle-cafés, cineroleums, sky rooms and learning hubs they offer a wealth of ideas for alternative land use, however their short life spans often rules out any longterm change. Can they be taken seriously and provide solutions for real community enterprise? Are they more than just temporary fun? With Matthew Lloyd of Matthew Lloyd Architects, Dougald Hine of Space Makers, Klaus Overmeyer of Studio UC Klaus Overmeyer and Clive Dutton, London Borough of Newham.

Tuesday 21 June, 18.30 Above right Photo: Design for London

The quality of London’s public realm has been improved dramatically over the past 5

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Debates in London: 66 Portland Place From Whitehall to Wigan: How can we Make Localism Work? Tuesday 17 May, 18.30 Localism is a fundamental shake up of planning that challenges years of established procedure. It heralds a new opportunity to re-invigorate community involvement and get people closer to what happens in their area. As the intellectual debate settles and the Bill makes its way through Parliament, are we any closer to knowing how we will actually deliver it in practice?

The Melvin Debates: Innovation, Liability and Risk

Talks in London: V&A

Take part in one of our Closer Look talks at the Victoria and Albert Museum as part of the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership.

Friday 20 May, 14.30 Join us to discuss architecture in the context of contemporary social, economic, and political conditions. Funded in memory of the late Peter and Muriel Melvin, the second in the 2011 Melvin Debate series looks at architecture and the law with contributions from architects Alfred Munkenbeck and Graham Stirk, RIBA President Ruth Reed and barrister, engineer and academic John Barber. Free but booking is essential. Please email

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.

Confidence: The Architectural Photographs of Bedford Lemere & Co. Hochhauser Auditorium, Wednesday 29 June, 13.15–14.00

Join a discussion chaired by Ruth Reed, RIBA President, with contributions from Bill Boler of Business in the Community, Dieter Kleiner of RCKarchitects and Chris Brown of Igloo Regeneration.

Nicholas Cooper, author of the new English Heritage publication The Photography of Bedford Lemere & Co. discusses the work of these leading architectural photographers, the subject of a an exhibition currently at the V&A (see page 11).

Free but booking is essential. Please email

Free and drop-in.

Further RIBA debates take place as part of the Reshaping Britain series, see pages 5 and 7. 6

Closer Look talks

Above Bedford Lemere & Co., Dining Room, 49 Princes Gate, London, 1892. Reproduced by permission of English Heritage Above right : Casson Conder Partnership, Elephant and Rhino House, London Zoo. Photo: Henk Snoek, 1965 © V&A Images

Hugh Casson: Designer, Illustrator and Architect Tuesday 17 May As an architect, Sir Hugh Casson (1910–99) is known for his work at the Festival of Britain alongside buildings such as the Elephant House at London Zoo. But he was also a theatre designer, illustrator, broadcaster, journalist and President of the Royal Academy. Hear about his life and career with Christopher Marsden, V&A.

Talk in the North West

Tuesday 28 June

Stirling and the North

Talks in the West Midlands

Explore 19th century London through drawings, rare prints, guidebooks and maps from the RIBA and V&A collections and see how architects imagined and shaped the capital city. With Dr Elizabeth Grant, RIBA.

Tate Liverpool, The Albert Dock, Liverpool Saturday 25 June, 14.00

All talks free and drop-in. Visit for details.

At the time of his death in 1992, James Stirling was widely regarded as the leading architect of his generation, not just in Britain but worldwide. Born in Glasgow, he spent much of his childhood in Liverpool and trained at the Liverpool School of Architecture. Join a panel debate and discussion, held at Tate Liverpool, Stirling’s only building in the city, that re-considers the role of the North in Stirling’s development and oeuvre, from his thesis design for Newton Aycliffe to late projects like the Lowry at Salford.

Paradise Circus & Eastside

Avenues of Death: Designs of Funerary Architecture Tuesday 26 July A fascinating talk that showcases the wealth of drawings and photographs of funerary architecture and design held in the collections of the RIBA and V&A. With Catriona Cornelius, RIBA.

Organised in association with the University of Liverpool and Tate Liverpool to coincide with the Stirling exhibition at Tate Britain. Part of the North West Architecture Festival 2011, see page 15. Tickets £5/£3 concessions. Advance booking essential. Please visit and click on events.

MADE, 6–7 Newhall St, Birmingham Thursday 26 May, 18.00 Davinder Bansall of Glenn Howells Architects outlines the vision for the Paradise Circus and Eastide areas of the city. Proposals for the High Speed 2 Rail link and developments such as the New Library of Birmingham are affecting these key gateways to the city, providing opportunities to re-cast and re-define two dynamic, yet contrasting, parts of Birmingham. Part of the Made In Birmingham series.

Reshaping Birmingham Part of the Reshaping Britain series, see page 5.

city’s slums, built sewage systems and promoted civic streets and architecture. Join an evening looking at the influence of Joseph Chamberlain on Birmingham and discuss whether localism offers the opportunity for a new revitalised vision for Britain’s second largest city.

Big City Plan TROVE, Newhall Sq, Birmingham Thursday 23 June, 18.00 Birmingham's Big City Plan is the most ambitious and far-reaching citywide development project ever undertaken in the UK: to create a world class city centre by planning for the next 20 years of transformation, to be in the top 20 most liveable cities in the world and to ultimately progress the city’s continued regeneration as a global city with a local heart. As part of the Made In Birmingham series, join Andrew Round, City Centre Development Planning and Regeneration Manager and a panel to discuss future development and proposals.

Joseph Chamberlain and Civic Architecture TROVE, Newhall Sq, Birmingham Thursday 16 June, 18.00

Left The Necropolis, Glasgow. Edwin Smith/RIBA Library Drawings & Archives Collections

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Street Views

In 1873 Chamberlain became Mayor of Birmingham where, in honoured Victorian tradition, he cleared the

Further talks Further RIBA talks can be found in the Festivals section, see pages 14–15. 7

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

Exhibitions in London: 66 Portland Place 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 7307 3888 to check.

Maths through Architecture 3–20 May, Florence Hall A display of work by school students from North West England and London, exploring the relationship between maths and architecture through the creation of exciting local spaces. Maths through Architecture brings architects and teachers together to develop projects in the classroom, enabling students to apply mathematical knowledge to real life architectural scenarios. Managed in partnership with Arts Inform. Supported by CABE.

Gold Standard: Great Architecture from the Royal Gold Medal 12 May–1 October, Gallery 1 A display presenting the work of nine of the many architects and architectural practices who have received the Royal Gold Medal over the last 150 years, including the latest recipient Sir David Chipperfield CBE. Given in recognition of a lifetime's work, the annual Royal Gold Medal is approved personally by Her Majesty the Queen. May occasionally be closed for events, call 020 7307 3888

Left Maths through Architecture event. Photo: Andy Hammer Above David Chipperfield Architects, River & Rowing Museum, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Photo: Richard Bryant 8

24 May–23 June, Florence Hall In 2011 BDP celebrate their 50th year as the UK’s leading interdisciplinary design collective. This exhibition traces the ethos and work of the practice – from its founding in 1961 as part of the emerging cultural change in the north west of England, to the present day international design firm. Led by George Grenfell Baines, the practice’s rebellious founding partners broke with the tradition of the existing institutions, forming a design firm equally shared between different design professions. Despite initial skepticism, this idea has stayed intact, growing through the ups and downs of half a century.


61/11 Continuous Collective: BDP at 50

The exhibition coincides with the launch of the publication 61/11 Continuous Collective, written by Hugh Pearman, together with the film Five Cities, Five Places, One Day by Camilla Robinson.

Gallery Talks 14 June, 18.30 and 21 June, 13.00 Join Tony McGuirk, architect, urban designer and chairman of BDP for an introduction to the exhibition, exploring the history, significant projects and current workings of the practice.

Far left BDP, Preston Bus Station. Photo: Roger Park Left BDP, Liverpool One © David Barbour/BDP 9


Exhibitions in London: V&A Take advantage of the combined expertise of the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership with an ongoing programme of exhibitions. Admission free. Open daily 10.00–17.45, Fridays 10.00–22.00.

Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centres Until 8 May, V&A+RIBA Architecture Gallery, Room 128a A display that, for the first time, explores the architecture of the Maggie’s centres which provide welcoming and uplifting spaces for those affected by cancer.

Reinvigorating the North East: Architecture 1945–1979 13 May–6 July, Gallery 2 Organised by RIBA North East, this exhibition charts the development of architecture in the north east of England in response to economic challenges, social optimism and bold political decisions following the end of the Second World War. It does so through models, archive footage and photography of the key buildings and projects which shaped the North East between 1945 and 1979. The projects on display demonstrate how architects, engineers and public figures sought to transform the region and shape its towns and cities in the Post-War era. Sponsored by

Above left Energy Research Station, Killingworth, Newcastle upon Tyne. © Photo-Mayo Above Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, Maggie’s Centre, London. Photo © Richard Bryant 10


Exhibition elsewhere in London The Regent Street Windows Project Regent Street, Free, 9–29 May Enjoy a striking open air exhibition of 10 original window installations along Regent Street. The displays are a result of partnerships between RIBA London, Regent Street Association and architects: HUT (Aquascutum), Glowacka-Rennie Architects (Hoss Intropia), OSA (Ted Baker London), Craft Pegg (National Geographic), DSDHA/Diploma Unit 11 at London Metropolitan University (Banana Republic), Ian McChesney (Levis), Honey (Duchamp), Duggan Morris Architects (Ferrari), Marks Barfield Architects (Gant) and Scott Brownrigg (Uniqlo).

Recording the New: The Architectural Photography of Bedford Lemere & Co 1870–1930 4 June–30 October, V&A+RIBA Architecture Gallery, Room 128a An exhibition that reveals the work of Bedford Lemere & Co who, through their pioneering photography, became the leading English firm of architectural photographers, setting the standards for those who followed. Employed by a wide range of industrialists, retailers, government departments and private house owners, the firm’s photographs capture new buildings in pristine condition, often showing the work of leading contemporary architects, interior decorators, designers and artists. Curated by English Heritage, custodians of the Bedford Lemere & Co collection, the exhibition reveals the exceptional quality, depth and sharpness of the images which render them as fresh and legible today as when they were first composed. Above Bedford Lemere & Co., Admiralty Arch and The Mall, London, c.1910–11. Reproduced by permission of English Heritage Right Ian McChesney, Levi store waterless concept

Windows Project walking tours Regent Street, Free, Sunday 15 May, 12.30 and 14.30 Join us for a walking tour of the participating windows on Regent Street. Places are free but advance booking is essential at 11


Exhibition in the East Midlands

Exhibition in Scotland

Fifty Buildings 50 Years Great Modern Architecture in the East Midlands

A Humane Architecture: Photographs of Edwin Smith

Corby Cube, Until 12 May Newark and Nottinghamshire County Show, 14–15 May Lincolnshire Show, 22–23 June A touring exhibition that showcases innovative and enduring architecture, across the East Midlands, from the 1960s onwards. The show includes social and cultural commentary on the region during each decade and how this helped shape both the built environment and regional identity. Why not join us for fun activities at both showground venues? Children of all ages can contribute to the exhibition by drawing and designing their own buildings of the future, helping to predict what the architecture of the region may look like in 50 years time. A Fifty50 Guide Book is available to purchase online. See With thanks to: Heritage Lottery Fund, Ibstock Brick and sponsoring architects

Above right Eric de Maré, Quayside, Albert Dock, Liverpool, 1956. Architectural Press Archive/RIBA Library Photographs Collection Right A window at Egeskov, Denmark, 1960. Edwin Smith/RIBA Library Photographs Collection 12

Moray Art Centre, Findhorn, Moray Free, 14 May–2 July

Exhibition in the North West The Exploring Eye: The Photography of Eric de Maré The Equator, Mann Island, Liverpool Free, 17 June–4 September Eric de Maré, 1910–2002, was one of Britain’s most influential architectural photographers. Enjoy an exhibition, drawing on material from the RIBA Library Photographs Collection, that explores his work and highlights how he broadened the perception of where architecture was to be found. A prolific contributor to the Architectural Review, de Maré illustrated pioneering studies of Britain’s neglected industrial heritage. His book The Functional Tradition in Early Industrial Buildings potently suggested how warehouses and mill buildings could serve as an inspiration to architects rebuilding postwar Britain. Part of the North West Architecture Festival 2011, see page 15.

In collaboration with the Moray Art Centre, this exhibition examines the work of Edwin Smith (1912–1971) whose archive is held by the RIBA. It shows how Smith's subtle monochrome photography reflects the timeless aesthetics of native building materials and techniques. The intrinsic beauty of a humble home or farmhouse is revealed through the use of historic and traditional architecture. Also on display are a selection of Smith's drawings and paintings.

Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, 5 June–31 July Showcasing 31 of the RIBA’s rare drawings by Andrea Palladio, this touring exhibition explores the development of Palladio’s design sensibility and his profound influence on architecture in America. Drawings range from early studies and sketches to presentation drawings of villas and other works which, alongside original books and specially created models, highlight Palladio’s enormous impact on the architecture of the United States.

Exhibitions worldwide

An RIBA exhibition, in association with the Centro Internazionale di Studi di Architettura Andrea Palladio, Vicenza. Models by Timothy Richards of Bath.


Palladio and His Legacy: A Transatlantic Journey

Online exhibition Albertopolis: The Development of South Kensington & the Exhibition Road Cultural Quarter Ever wondered why there are dinosaurs in South Kensington or why Prince Albert shines so brilliantly in Kensington Gardens? These questions and more are answered in a new online exhibition on Discover the area’s world-class cultural and educational institutions and the iconic buildings they inhabit, see historic photographs and maps, architects’ drawings, models and manuscripts as well as some more unusual objects.

Framing Modernism: Architecture and Photography in Italy 1926–1965 MAXXI – National Museum of XXI Century Arts, Rome, Italy, until 22 May Following its success at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, Framing Modernism travels to Rome. The exhibition, including 110 period photographs mostly drawn from the unique archive of the British Architectural Library Photographs Collection, investigates how the development of Italian Modernist architecture was recorded and shaped by photography and the part played by books and magazines such as Domus and Casabella in fostering this striking visual exploration. An RIBA exhibition supported by a generous grant from the Graham Foundation via British Schools and Universities Foundation, Inc.

Above left Pier Luigi Nervi, Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome (under construction), 1957. RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs Collection Right Sir Aston Webb, Design for the entrance to the Victoria & Albert Museum, c.1907. RIBA Library Drawings & Archives Collections 13

Rebuilding the City: 1951 and Now


London Festival of Britain Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the Festival of Britain with a series of events in collaboration with the Southbank Centre. For bookings call Southbank Centre on 0844 847 9910 or visit

Above Powell & Moya, Skylon, Festival of Britain, South Bank, London, 1951. RIBA Library Photographs Collection Right The RIBA Student Bandstand 14

Level 5 Function Room, Royal Festival Hall Talk, Sunday 3 July, 15.30 Elain Harwood, English Heritage, and Jean Symons, clerk on site during the building of the Royal Festival Hall, discuss the rebuilding of London in the postwar era, which was led by the LCC and its renowned team of architects, including Sir Leslie Martin and Herbert Bennett. Joined by prolific author and writer Owen Hatherley, they compare this era with contemporary London, whose buildings are determined by private capital and property speculation, and ask whether we should return to a centrally planned future for London. In association with The Twentieth Century Society. Tickets £8.

The Skylon: Articulating the Future Purcell Room Talk, Tuesday 5 July, 19.45 Join leading architects Nicholas Grimshaw and Jack Pringle, former RIBA President, to discuss one of the most peculiar structures ever built in this country: the Skylon. In an evening of discussion and screenings, they explore Hidalgo Moya and Philip Powell’s structure –

part Zeppelin, part-rocket, partminaret, and floating like an up-ended airship above the River Thames. A symbol of the future, the Skylon inspired a generation of designers and architects, many of whom have campaigned to bring it back to life. Tickets £10.

RIBA Student Bandstand Southbank Centre Until 3 September Following in the spirit of 1951, when many Festival of Britain projects involved young architects, the RIBA has worked with a group of students and graduates of architecture to design a bandstand for the anniversary celebrations. The students have reinterpreted this iconic stage taking inspiration from play and performance. Supported by a central column, the bandstand’s canopy offers shelter plus a screen for projected images that enliven the structure when it isn’t in use for performances. Free.


Shubbak: A Window on Contemporary Arab Culture Presented by Mayor of London 4–24 July Enjoy architecture from the Arab region as part of the Nous events at the Mayor of London's festival. Taking place across the Capital, Shubbak features a range of high profile events exploring contemporary Arab culture. On Tuesdays 12 and 19 July the RIBA hosts talks by leading architects, thinkers and critics. The talks address the current context, recent developments and investigations into the Arab world through a roundtable discussion on public and civic spaces and a special ‘in conversation’ dialogue between prominent practitioners and critics. These events are accompanied by an exhibition at 66 Portland Place. For full details of all these events and more visit or

North East

North West

Architecture Festival 2011

Architecture Festival 2011

Locations across the North East 16–26 June

Locations across the North West 17–26 June

Join our celebration of architecture and the built environment and take part in a series of lectures, tours and events. Why not visit the Architruck, rolling up at the festival with valuable information and resources on design and planning alongside examples of good architecture through a series of exhibitions and films? You’ll also get the chance to discover the virtual world of NewcastleGateshead. Find out more at

Discover the importance that architecture and the built environment has on daily life with Architecture Festival 2011. Be inspired, informed and excited by a variety of events taking place across the region, including walking and building tours, exhibitions and debates. Highlights include an exhibition of the work of Eric de Maré (see page 12), a sandcastle competition and the RIBA Liverpool City Tours (see page 16). Most events are free, although there may be a small charge for some. Full details at

Above Dubai, Photo: Charlie Koolhaas Above right The RIBA Architruck in Liverpool 15

Further events

Tours and walks RIBA Liverpool City Tours Walking Tours, Liverpool Saturdays, 10.30 and Sundays, 11.00, 18 June–25 September Discover Liverpool’s past, present and future with a walking tour of the city. Established as the pre-eminent gateway for shipping, trade and the movement of people, Liverpool is rich in buildings, streets and public spaces. Over the years many of these uses have changed, helping to create the vibrant modern city that exists today. Join an RIBA Guide as they shine a spotlight on key buildings and spaces that form part of the contemporary city landscape, its characters, its commerce and its culture. Tickets: £7.50/£3.50 unwaged. Please meet at The Equator, Mann Island, Liverpool L3 1EN. For more information please call 0151 703 0107 or visit

66 Portland Place Guided Tours Group tours, 66 Portland Place, London, by appointment 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 private guided group tour. Personal tours start from £125. Please contact us to discuss your requirements on 020 7207 5533 or (marking your email: RIBA Guided Tours).

RIBA Walks – Nash Ramblas Walk, London Guide yourself through the heart of the West End with your iPhone. Available to download from the App Store via iTunes, the 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.

Left Liverpool’s Architecture: Past, Present & Future © Broadway Malyan Above Magna Science Adventure Centre 16

Awards Coming Soon: RIBA Stirling Prize Dinner 2011 Awards Dinner, MAGNA – Science Adventure Centre, Rotherham Saturday 1 October Attend the most prestigious event in the architecture calendar. Join architects, clients and the industry’s top players and be the first to find out who has won the RIBA Stirling Prize 2011. Broadcast in a programme on BBC 2 presented by Kevin McCloud. Tickets £260 including VAT each. Tables arranged for 10 guests. Tickets are available to book online at from early July. If you would like to register your interest, please email

Architect in the House Registration closes 3 July Take part in Architect in the House, an innovative scheme jointly run by Shelter and the RIBA. The scheme is simple – we match RIBA architects with homeowners where they live and in exchange for a free one-hour consultation, the homeowner makes a suggested donation of £40 to Shelter, the housing and homelessness charity, and helps people in housing need. Now in its 15th year, Architect in the House has raised over £1.1 million for Shelter. This year the scheme is proud to be sponsored by TV channel Home. Both homeowners and architects can find out more and sign-up at


South West


Late at Tate: Borders and Territories

On the Beach – Sandcastle Competition

Life’s a Beach – Summer Sandcastle Competition

Evening events, Tate Britain Friday 3 June, 18.00–22.00

Family activity, Weston-super-Mare Free, Saturday 16 July, 13.00–17.00

This Late at Tate event explores and challenges notions of borders, culture and location in different disciplines, including music, art, fashion and architecture and design, taking inspiration from works in the Tate Collection and exhibitions.

Join us for a fun family day on the beach at Weston-super-Mare and create your very own architectural sand sculpture. Prizes will be awarded in a number of different categories. The event features as part of the Weston-super-Mare Sand Sculpture Festival 2011 from 11 June to 4 September.

Family activity, South Beach, Tenby Free, Saturday 2 July, 13.00–17.00 (spades down 16.00)

As part of the evening the RIBA hosts an event relating to the current James Stirling exhibition, with a film screening and discussion around Stirling’s work and legacy, and the contemporary significance of the RIBA Stirling Prize. Free admission (specific events are ticketed). Please visit for details.

Free but advanced booking required at or 0844 800 2767. Teams of up to 6 people.

Further events

Further activities Nationwide

Take part in a sandcastle competition on one of west Wales’ most popular beaches. Open to all, this fun family day encourages the creation of sandcastles with an architectural theme. Prizes will be awarded in four categories: tallest sand structure, most technically daring, best overall scheme and people’s choice. Free but advanced booking required at or 029 2022 8987. Teams of up to 6 people, aged 5–75. Supported by Pembrokeshire County Council and Cadw.

Organised with Tate Britain in collaboration with University of the Arts London.

Right Weston Sand Sculpture Festival. Photo: North Somerset Council 17


Supporting Us RIBApix celebrates its 50,000th online image The 50,000th image from our archives in the British Architectural Library has now been added to our online image database for access by everyone. See more at

The RIBA is a registered charity (no. 210566) and not-for-profit organisation which relies on the generosity of individuals, companies and Trusts and Foundations to ensure it continues to provide a diverse and exciting programme of work. To find out more about supporting us, please call 020 7307 3689, email or visit We would like to thank our major Corporate Partners:

Left Ellis & Clarke with Sir Owen Williams, Daily Express Building, London, 1932. Photo: Dell & Wainwright, Architectural Press Archive/RIBA British Architectural Library Photographs Collection 18

RIBA restaurant summer opening The restaurant and bar at 66 Portland Place are now open late on Tuesday nights. Enjoy your summer evenings with a meal on the terrace or a drink with friends in the bar. Call 020 7307 3747 for reservations.

Open Monday–Saturday Admission is free Finding us Nearest tube stations: Great Portland Street, Oxford Circus and Regent’s Park. Buses C2, 88 and 453 stop nearby. Access Step-free access, non-motorised wheel chairs and lifts to all floors are available. Guide dogs are welcome.

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Bar, Café and Restaurant Bar: Mon–Fri 8.00–19.00, (Tue until 21.00), Sat 8.00–17.00 Café: Mon–Fri 8.00–17.00 Restaurant: Mon–Fri 12.00–15.00, Tue 17.30–21.30 (reservations 020 7307 3747)

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Exhibition Galleries Mon–Sat, 10.00–17.00, Tue until 22.00 (exhibitions may occasionally be closed for events, call 020 7307 3888 to check) Photo: Steve Banks

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 live on BBC TWO) 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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RIBA What's On Summer 2011  
RIBA What's On Summer 2011  

A guide to the RIBA's public and cultural programme for summer 2011, including exhibitions, talks, conferences, tours and awards.