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The Social



The Social is a London-wide platform set up to encourage architects and people in the creative industries to meet and exchange ideas in alternative settings.

It aims to get designers from all backgrounds together to discuss the built environment and the profession, and benefit from a wider circle of contacts and networks.

Activities include creative and sporting events, debates and talks. Past events include go-karting with Alsop vs. FAT, a bowling night, plus a cheese and wine evening at Tom Dixon's studio.

Events are co-ordinated via The Social Committee comprising Neşe Halil, RIBA London, and Nick Lyons, Hamish & Lyons. 

To suggest ideas, be added to the mailing list or would just like to find out more please email

Upcoming events

Go Behind-the-Scenes at Ed's Shed
Take an exclusive look at the private Hackney residence that Adjaye Associates designed for its architectural photographer owner Ed Reeve. Join us for a one off talk / tour led by Ed as he reveals the stories behind the building, what inspired them and what it’s like to live in the sunken house. Book online  

Further details of the 2014 programme will be announced shortly - to be kept up to date on all the latest news and booking infromation please join our mailing list by emailing

2013 events 


The Social Brooks

The Social committee launched the 2013 programme with another fantastic life drawing series with tutors from London Drawing.

There were three great classes on offer - at the Design Museum, Dellow Centre (including a tour from the architects Featherstone Young) and the Roca London Gallery.

In May we visited Clerkenwell Design Week for some craft beer tasting and toured the architect made installations, guided by a designer from Mobile Studio.

We basked in a summer evening's glow in August where, under the watch of London Petanque Club, we played boules at Cleaver Square in Kennington.

During September we gathered at designjunction for a 'Saddle up with The Social' - with demos from Brooks saddles and a cycling inspired photo competition.

And finally on a wet and cold November evening we gathered at the Moooi London showroom and cheered ourselves with a cocktail mixology masterclass.

You can see images of The Social 2013 programme in the gallery on our RIBA London facebook page.

Previous events


Photography Social, Sept 2012

In 2012 there were regular sessions such as life drawing and architects vs. planners table football, along with a pecha kucha night, carrom and ping pong events.  

We also organised a photography workshop hosted by Moooi London and a coffee compendium at Robin Partington Architects.

You can view images and discover more via the RIBA London facebook page: The Social 2012Games NightLife Drawing, Table FootballCarrom, Urban Physic Garden

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