The Brits Who Built the Modern World, 1950 – 2012

Launching the new architecture gallery, The Brits Who Built The Modern World, 1950-2012 tells the fascinating global story of how British architecture underwent a transformation in the post-war years to become world-leading in the second half of the 20th century


February 13 2014 • 10.00am
May 27 2014 • 5.00pm


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The Architecture Gallery, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD, London






British architecture in the 21st century has an almost unrivalled reputation around the world for daring, innovation, creativity and flair. From Beijing to New York and Doha to Mumbai, British architects and British expertise are playing a major role in redefining the world’s cities and creating extraordinary buildings.

The names of Rogers, Foster, Grimshaw, Farrell, Hopkins and others feature prominently on the global stage, but why? Where has this come from? Using the RIBA’s unique collections and material from architectural practices, this exhibition tells a global story of British architecture between 1950 and 2012.

Inspired by the BBC series the 'Brits Who Built the Modern World' it explores what and where the British built and the reasons behind architecture's dramatic transformation in the post war years. Through the work of a definitive generation of architects and other key players, it charts the projects and influences that put British architecture on the world map.

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