RIBA/BBC announce spring 2013 Dream Builders events

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and BBC World Service are pleased to announce three of the world’s greatest architects speaking at the RIBA in 2013 as part of Dream Builders, which in 2012 featured Renzo Piano and Zaha Hadid.

Santiago Calatrava, Daniel Libeskind and Norman Foster will be in conversation with the BBC’s Razia Iqbal about their design philosophy, life and career. The events offer a rare opportunity for the audience to put their own questions to the interviewees.
The Spring 2013 Dream Builders events are:

Santiago Calatrava
Tuesday 29 January, 7pm – booking is now open at: http://www.architecture.com/WhatsOn/Talks/Events/2013/Spring/DreamBuildersSantiagoCalatrava.aspx
Santiago Calatrava is an architect, artist and engineer. He has carved a career in building that fuses architecture, sculpture and engineering. His international reputation for building was first established through his dazzling bridges, which have come to define many cities around the world. In Venice he controversially created the first bridge for 70 years and only the fourth ever to have spanned the Grand Canal. From the Alamillo Bridge and Cartuja Viaduct in Seville, to the Lyon Saint-Exupéry TGV station, the Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, in his home city of Valencia, Spain - his uncompromising, ambitious and exciting architecture has uplifted many and left others outraged.
Daniel Libeskind
Tuesday 12 March, 7pm – booking will open in January 2013
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’. His diverse projects around the world - including the masterplan for Grand Zero, the Denver Art Museum, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto, the Military History Museum in Dresden - have frequently courted controversy in their risk-taking, but also high praise. In 2001, Libeskind became the first architect to win the Hiroshima Art Prize, awarded for work promoting international understanding and peace and in 2004 he was appointed as the first Cultural Ambassador for Architecture by the U.S. Department of State.
Norman Foster
Tuesday 9 April, 7pm – booking will open in January 2013
Norman Foster is one of the most prominent living architects in the world today. His work and the practice he created in 1967, has perhaps more than any other shaped the modern concept of the ‘global architect’ with project offices in more than twenty countries and over 600 awards worldwide. He was a pioneer of buildings that fused advanced engineering with technological finesse and has employed this approach over the past four decades on everything from one off private houses to entire city masterplans. Key projects include the HSBC bank in Hong Kong, the Reichstag in Berlin, the British Museum Courtyard, Swiss re (Gherkin) Tower and Milennium Bridge in London and more recently the Millau Viaduct in France, the carbon neutral city of Masdar in the UAE and Beijing Airport - the largest single building on the planet. 

He became the 21st Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate in 1999 and was awarded the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture in 2002. In 1990 he was granted a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours, and in 1999 was honoured with a Life Peerage, becoming Lord Foster of Thames Bank.

Dream Builders will be broadcast on the BBC World Service from April 2013.

Tickets are free; booking is essential.

Notes to editors

1. For further information and images contact Beatrice Cooke in the RIBA Press Office; beatrice.cooke@riba.org, 020 7307 3813

2. Tickets for the events are free but advance booking essential. Tickets for the Libeskind and Foster talks will be available from January 2012.

3. Dream Builders events take place at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD: nearest tubes are Oxford Circus, Regent’s Park and Great Portland Street. 

4. Dream Builders is a partnership project between the RIBA and the BBC World Service. 

5. The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. www.architecture.com

6. BBC World Service is an international multimedia broadcaster, delivering a wide range of language and regional services on radio, TV, online and via wireless handheld devices. It uses multiple platforms to reach its weekly audience of 180 million globally, including shortwave, AM, FM, digital satellite and cable channels. Its news sites include audio and video content and offer opportunities to join the global debate. BBC World Service offers its multilingual radio content to partner FM stations around the world and has numerous partnerships supplying content to news websites, mobile phones and other wireless handheld devices as well as TV channels. For more information, visit www.bbcworldservice.com.