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RIBA Trust Talks and Events Spring 2010


04 January 2010

Press office contact:

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

Emerging young architects from around the world, leading environmentalists and building historians and anthropologists are some of the world-class thinkers and practitioners lined up to speak in the RIBA Trust spring programme of talks. The prestigious RIBA Royal Gold Medal 2010, architecture’s greatest accolade, will be awarded to I. M. Pei, who has been recognised for his outstanding lifetime contribution to architecture. I. M. Pei will be at the RIBA attending a celebratory film about him and his work; one of the highlights of this season.

The RIBA Trust continues its series of talks International Dialogues: Architecture and Climate Change which addresses key issues for the future of the built and natural environment as well as the 2010 series of talks to accompany the Emerging Architecture exhibition of work by winners of this year’s Architectural Review Awards. To accompany the exhibition Djenné: African City of Mud, which looks at the unique tradition of mud building in Mali, the RIBA Trust has curated a series of joint talks with the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).


All talks at the RIBA £8/£5 except for International Dialogues talks which are £12/£10. Advance booking essential. RIBA online ticket booking is now available at www.architecture.com/programmes. Alternatively leave a message on our recorded booking line 020 7307 3699.

The full Spring 2010 programme of RIBA Trust talks, at 66 Portland Place, the V&A, SOAS and the Ismaili Centre (please note they are listed thematically rather than chronologically):


This year’s winner is the Chinese-born American architect I. M. Pei, who is best known in Europe for his pyramid at the Louvre in Paris. I. M. Pei is one of the most prolific architects of all time having completed over 170 projects and more than 50 masterplans. At the age of 92, he remains actively engaged in architecture.

I. M. Pei: A Celebration

Wednesday 10 February, 18.30, Jarvis Hall, RIBA

In the presence of the 2010 Royal Gold Medallist I.M. Pei, David Adjaye will present an exclusive short film on I. M. Pei which reveals his friendships with the modernist greats; Mies, Breuer and Aalto and details his projects from the National Gallery in Washington, The Louvre pyramids and his late work in Doha to his definitively final building, a chapel in Japan.


The eleventh Architectural Review Awards for Emerging Architecture recognise excellence in realised work by architects under 45. The RIBA celebrates the awards with a series of talks by winning and commended architects. These talks are curated in association with the Architectural Review and sponsored by Ramboll and Austin Smith: Lord.

Atelier Li Xiaodong + ODOS Architects

Tuesday 2 February, 18.30, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1

Beijing-based Atelier Li Xiaodong, combine spiritual exploration with rational thinking, artistic judgement with technical knowledge to create spaces of tranquility, harmony and order. Three projects give an overview of their work in China.

ODOS Architects is a Dublin based practice that challenges and exposes its clients to the unfamiliar, questioning how people work, rest and play. They talk about their project at The Carmelite Friary, Co. Kilkenny alongside recent works.

José María Sánchez García Estudio de Arquitecture + Matharoo Associates

Tuesday 16 February, 18.30, RIBA

José María Sánchez García, from Spain develops projects and competitions with a multidisciplinary team. He discusses their work, including the prize-winning entry into the Awards, a raised, circular building on the dam Gabriel y Galán, Cáceres.

Indian practice Matharoo Associates present a journey through their work with projects such as House with Balls. They talk about their interest in mechanical systems, leading to the creation of Curtain Door, their awards winning project.

Studio Sanjeev Shankar + GRAFT

Tuesday 23 February, 18.30, RIBA

Sanjeev Shankar, presents his globally acclaimed project Jugaad, where 90 residents of an Indian urban village turned discarded oil cans into a suspended shade pavilion. He makes a case for merging traditional craft skills with contemporary practices and for creating community places through democratic design.

GRAFT Architects present their project for the Make It Right Initiative – rebuilding a Ward of New Orleans after hurricane Katrina – where, as part of a group of high-profile international architects, they were engaged to develop affordable yet sustainable houses for low income residents.


Tickets for all talks in this series are: £12/£10 concessions

In partnership with BioRegional One Planet Communities®

See videocasts of previous talks in this series at www.gleeds.tv and at www.architecture.com/international-dialogues

Down to Earth

Paul Oliver

Tuesday 2 March, 18.30, RIBA

Paul Oliver, acclaimed academic and Emeritus Professor at the International Vernacular Architecture Unit, Oxford-Brookes University, talks about the future of vernacular building traditions and their role in creating sustainable, culturally vibrant, people-orientated places to live. Oliver is one of the world’s foremost authorities on vernacular architecture. In partnership with the School of Oriental and African Studies. Part of the Art of Mud Building: Heritage and Sustainability series.

Step by Step: Sustainable Buildings for Africa

Francis Kéré

Tuesday 16 March, 18.30, RIBA

Francis Kéré is an architect from Burkina Faso who designs sustainable architecture for the benefit of the people of his home continent. He talks about his deep commitment to furthering the use and development of traditional building among local communities. His projects are designed to combine climatic comfort with low-cost construction, making the most of local materials and the potential of the local community, whilst adapting technology from the industrialized world in a simple and innovative way. Francis Kéré won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2004 for the primary school in his home village of Gando, Burkina Faso.

Much More from a Lot Less

The Architecture of C. Anjalendran

Tuesday 23 March, 18.30, Jarvis Hall, RIBA

The eminent Sri Lankan architect Anjalendran presents his work which is imbued with the rich vernacular traditions of his homeland. His visionary projects include the SOS Children’s Village orphanages that are created from cheap locally sourced materials, consume minimal energy, while at the same time fusing together the various traditions of a tragically divided country. Introduced by David Robson, author of Anjalendran – Architect of Sri Lanka. With support from the Friends of Sri Lanka.

Dr. R.K Pachauri and Professor John Schellnhuber

Tuesday 30 March, 18.30, Jarvis Hall, RIBA

Join Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Nobel Peace Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Director General of The Energy and Resources Institute, India and Professor John Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Change, Germany, Member of the IPCC and former Chief Government Advisor on Climate & Related Issues for the German G8-EU presidency in 2007. They will discuss climate change, sustainable solutions and the future international agenda. Chaired by Sunand Prasad, Immediate Past-President, RIBA.


A series of talks at the RIBA, The School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) and the Ismaili Centre in London, explores the unique tradition of mud building in Africa. The talks coincide with the exhibition Djenné: African City of Mud, 3 March – 28 April at the RIBA.

Down to Earth

Tuesday 2 March, 18.30, £12/£10 concessions

RIBA - Part of the International Dialogues talks programme. See previous details

Restoring Mud Mosques in Mopti, Djenné and Timbuktu

Thursday 11 March 11, 20.30, Free, Booking essential, call 020 7581 207

The Ismaili Centre, Cromwell Road, London SW7

Join Christophe Bouleau from the Aga Khan Trust for Culture as he talks about the restoration of the extraordinary mud mosques of Mali.

Restoring the Splendour of Djenné

Thursday 18 March, 19.00, Free, booking essential: www.soas.ac.uk/about/events

SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H.

Join Rogier Bedaux and Annette Schmidt, Volkenkunde Museum and the architect Pierre Maas, to discuss the cooperative venture between Mali and the Netherlands.

Behind the Façade in Djenné

Thursday 25 March, 19.00, Free, booking essential: www.soas.ac.uk/about/events

SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H

Join Michael Rowlands, UCL and Charlotte Joy, Cambridge as they discuss how to create local value for cultural heritage through sustainable architectural tradition.

Economic and Environmental Sustainability

Thursday 29 April, 19.00, Free, booking essential: www.soas.ac.uk/about/events

SOAS, Russell Square, London WC1H

Join Rowland Keable, Ram Cast CIC, for an expert presentation on structures, standards and models for earth building in the 21st century.


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.

A Closer Look at Health Centres

Tuesday 19 January

Take part in a discussion on the design of health centres before the advent of the National Health Service in 1948. With Suzanne Waters, RIBA Trust.

Stage Struck

Tuesday 9 February

A closer look at some of the early theatre and set designs from the RIBA Drawings Collection. With Jason Canham, RIBA Trust.

Gargoyles and Shadows: Gothic Architecture and 19th Century Photography

Tuesday 16 March

Uncover the relationship that developed between photography and architectural practice in the 19th century and explore how photography facilitated the rediscovery of an idealised past and its architectural manifestation. With Barbara Lasic, V&A.

Gothic Survival to Gothic Revival: English Architectural Drawings, 1500–1950

Tuesday 27 April

Explore how English late medieval gothic forms sometimes overlapped with the Gothic Revival, while also looking at drawings from the Victorian archaeological revival through to the post-War period. With Charles Hind, RIBA Trust.

Other RIBA talks:


This House Believes the Road to Recovery is Paved with...

Tuesday 16 February, 18.30, Free

Surface Design Show, Business Design Centre, Islington, London

An open discussion of the options ahead for business, governance, ecology and society. Featuring contributions from former London mayor Ken Livingstone, economist Will Hutton, engineer and technologist Mark Whitby and the Imperial College’s Prof. David Fisk. Register at www.surfacedesignshow.com


Notes to editors

  1. For further press information 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). Online booking is now available at 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 Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturdays 10am – 5pm Tel: 020 7580 5533; www.architecture.com


  1. Talks at the V&A. The 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.


  1. 'International Dialogues: Architecture and Climate Change' was curated by Tamara Horbacka, RIBA Trust.


  1. 'International Dialogues: Architecture and Climate Change' is sponsored by Gleeds.  Gleeds is a world class cost and project management consultancy with over 120 years experience in the fields of construction, property and related industries.  Gleeds have a strong and established reputation in the field of sustainability and offer consultancy and advice on this and many other aspects of the built environment through a network of 48 offices and 1200 dedicated staff. They have a presence in  Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East and the USA. Gleeds is a truly global business that is structured to act and think locally.


  1. The vision of One Planet Communities® is a world in which people everywhere can lead happy, healthy lives within their fair share of the Earth's resources. To find out more visit www.oneplanetcommunities.org 


  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 (broadcast 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.





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