Talks and events

At 66 Portland Place


  • Late Tuesday: High -Tech

    Tuesday 25 March 6 -10pm                                    

    In the 1970s a new dawn in architecture was christened ‘High Tech.’ Rejecting the wet and messy world of bricks and concrete, it was an approach to building with an eye on the future. RIBA charts the diverse origins and landmarks of High Tech with an evening of talks, film and events devoted to high performance

    and high drama!


  • Trans-Atlantic Exchange - British Architecture and the ‘special relationship’                         Tuesday 8 April, 6.30pm - 8pm                          
    From language, politics, music and popular culture, Britain and America have long traded ideas across ‘the pond’, but how has American influence shaped the buildings we see around us? From classical origins to 21st century cityscapes, this panel discussion charts a history of architectural - interplay between the two nations, the landmarks it created and its influences.




  • Dream Builders: Thomas Heatherwick         Tuesday 15 April, 7pm - 8.30pm                      Thomas Heatherwick is a designer with an international reputation for experimentation and surprise. In partnership with the BBC, the RIBA brings you an opportunity to direct questions to the youngest practitioner to be appointed a Royal Designer for Industry.




  • Airports - Our past, present and urban future? Tuesday 29 April, 6.30pm – 8pm                    
    Airports in the 21st century are the most important building type in the world. Capable of surplanting entire cities in their importance, they are at the heart of the global economy and the movement of people and services. Panel discussion charting what makes or breaks a great airport and what will shape them in the next 60 years? 




  • Triumphs, Carbuncles and Hopeful Monsters  –  The British vs Modern Architecture             Tuesday 13 May, 6.30pm -8pm                               
    30 year ago HRH Prince Charles made a speech that is often credited with transforming attitudes to modern architecture. It triggered a national debate, still raging in places today about what modern British buildings ought to look like, but how much did it really change what got built?



  • Dream Builders: David Adjaye                     Tuesday 20 May, 7pm - 8.30pm From his pioneering David Adjaye has been described as an architect with an ‘artist’s sensibility’. His internationally renowned buildings are defined by his bold use of innovative materials and a diverse colour palette which reflect an equally strong interest in landscape and terrain. The RIBA brings you an opportunity to direct questions in partnership with the BBC.


  • Dream Builders: Moshe Safdie                    Thursday 5 June, 7pm - 8.30pm An architect, urban planner, theorist and author, Moshe Safdie's buildings the world over are committed to responding to ‘human needs and aspirations.’ In partnership with the BBC, the RIBA brings you an opportunity to direct questions to Moshe Safdie as he is interviewed about the power of architecture, a humane approach to urbanism and the projects that have defined a global career.