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Zumthor and Olgiati give talks at RIBA


12 March 2009

Press office contact:

Beatrice Cooke
T: +44 (0)207 307 3813
E: beatrice.cooke@riba.org

24and 31 March 2009, Jarvis Hall, RIBA, London, W1

Two world-reknowned Swiss architects, Valerio Olgiati and Peter Zumthor, will be giving talks this month at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). With London currently celebrating Switzerland's most famous architect, Le Corbusier, these talks offer an insight into the work of contemporary Swiss architects. The Le Corbusier Season includes exhibitions, talks and events that complement the highly acclaimed exhibition Le Corbusier: the Art of Architecture, at the Barbican until 24 May. A 1:1 replica of the only building Le Corbusier built for his own use, his holiday hut, the Cabanon, is on display at the RIBA until 28 April, accompanied by a series of gallery talks. For more information on all RIBA talks and events visit www.architecture.com


Details of the contemporary Swiss talks are as follows:


Valerio Olgiati

Tuesday 24 March, 18.30, RIBA

Valerio Olgiati, Professor of Architecture at the Accademia di architettura Mendrisio, Università della Svizzera Italiana, discusses his work, including major architectural projects such as the schoolhouse in Paspels, the Yellow House in Flims, the new university in Lucerne and the museum for the Swiss National Park in Zernez, Switzerland.


Peter Zumthor Dreaming of Buildings to Come True

Tuesday 31 March, 18.30, RIBA

Peter Zumthor talks about his work. Zumthor's buildings explore the tactile and sensory qualities of places, spaces and materials and his philosophical belief that architecture must be experienced first hand. In 1998, Zumthor received the Carlsberg Architecture Prize for his designs of the Kunsthaus Bregenz in Bregenz, Austria and the Thermal Baths at Vals, Switzerland.


The Le Corbusier Talks at the RIBA are kindly sponsored by Ryder and supported by the Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain.

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Notes to editors

  1. For further press information or to interview the speakers please contact Beatrice Cooke in the RIBA Press Office, 020 7307 3813; beatrice.cooke@inst.riba.org


  1. Unless otherwise stated, tickets cost £8 (£5 RIBA members, students, concessions). To book, download a ticket booking form from www.architecture.com/programmes or leave a message on the RIBA Trust booking line 020 7307 3699. Tickets can also be purchased from the RIBA Bookshop, 66 Portland Place.


  1. The RIBA Trust talks take place at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD. Nearest tubes are Oxford Circus, Regent's Park and Great Portland Street. The RIBA Trust exhibition spaces are open Monday to Saturday 10.00am – 5pm, Tuesday 10am – 9pm, Free admission. If planning a visit on a Saturday or weekday afternoon it is advisable to call 020 7307 3888 before your visit .


  1. The RIBA Trust manages the cultural assets of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), including the internationally recognised collections of the British Architectural Library. It is the UK's national architecture centre, delivering the RIBA Awards and RIBA Stirling Prize (live on Channel 4); the Royal Gold Medal; International and Honorary Fellowships; a full programme of lectures, exhibitions, tours and other events; and an education programme.


  1. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of the founding of the RIBA. To celebrate this milestone the Institute is looking forward to a programme of special events to be held throughout the year that aims to show the breadth of our activities throughout the world of architecture, engage an even wider public and celebrate the benefits to society of good design. For further information visit www.architecture.com


  1. Ryder Architecture has offices in Newcastle, London, Glasgow and Liverpool. Founding partners Gordon Ryder and Peter Yates, who worked with Le Corbusier and Lubetkin, established their practice in Newcastle in the 1950s.  Peter Buchan, chief executive, and Mark Thompson, managing director, took over leadership of the firm in 1994.


  1. The Swiss Cultural Fund in Britain (SCFB) presents a platform for visual and performing artists in this country, through concerts, exhibitions, installations, talks and other cultural events, often in conjunction with other partners, venues, sponsors and supporters.


  1. Le Corbusier – The Art of Architecture at The Barbican

RIBA Trust and Barbican stage the first major le Corbusier survey in London in more than 20 years. This timely reassessment presents a wealth of original architectural models, interior reconstructions, drawings, furniture, vintage photographs, films, tapestries, paintings, sculpture and books by Le Corbusier himself. For further information on the exhibition please contact Lorna Gemmell, Media Relations Manager, Barbican Art Gallery 0207 382 7169, lgemmell@barbican.org.uk




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