Dream Builders

Dream Builders

Dream Builders is a partnership project between the RIBA and the BBC World Service. It features the world's foremost architects and designers in conversation with Razia Iqbal at the RIBA. Launched in 2012, the series has so far featured Renzo Piano, Zaha Hadid, Santiago Calatrava, Daniel Libeskind and Norman Foster. These recordings are available to listen to on the BBC World Service website, while details of new events at the RIBA are featured below.

BBC World Service

New Events in 2014

Thomas Heatherwick
Tuesday 15 April, 7 - 8.30pm

David Adjaye
Tuesday 20 May, 7 - 8.30pm

Moshe Safdie
Thursday 5 June, 7 - 8.30pm

Previous event highlights and videos 

Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind is an architect with a global reputation for taking architecture to 'places we have never been'. His acclaimed Jewish Museum, Berlin (1999) and the Imperial War Museum, Manchester (2001) are two such examples of a 'radical' architecture which is crafted with what he refers to as 'perceptible human energy'.

In partnership with the BBC, Razia Iqbal directed questions to Daniel Libeskind about his unique philosophy of taking architecture to places we have never been, the projects that have made him and the adventures he has had along the way.

RIBA President Elect Stephen Hodder in conversation with Daniel Libeskind at the RIBA

Renzo Piano

A 1,000ft tall pyramid of glass now stands in splendid isolation on the south bank of the River Thames. The Shard is a striking and controversial addition to the London skyline, either melting into the heavens or rudely imposing itself on the British capital, depending upon your point of view. The tallest building in Western Europe, it represents a pinnacle in the dazzling career of its architect, Renzo Piano.

The RIBA and BBC World Service marked the topping out of The Shard with a special live recording on 12 June 2012 in which Renzo Piano talked with presenter and broadcaster Razia Iqbal about his latest creation, his long career and his approach to architecture.

You can also see Renzo Piano and London property entrepreneur Irvine Sellar takes Razia Iqbal on a tour of The Shard: What's it like to live near a skyscraper?

RIBA President Angela Brady in conversation with Renzo Piano

Before the event RIBA President Angela Brady caught up with Renzo Piano and discussed his design and approach in a filmed conversation for the RIBA.