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Events for Future Architects

12 March 2020

See our list of upcoming events and opportunities for architecture students and early architectural career professionals.

North East

Witherford Watson Mann Guest Lecture, CCE01 001, City Campus East, Northumbria University, 24 March 2020

A lecture with Christopher Watson, director of London based practice Witherford Watson Mann discussing, 'Which comes first, the theatre company or its building?'

Distinction on the Cheap John Vanburgh and the Fine Art of Client Management, KEVII 2.01 Fine Art Lecture Theatre, Newcastle University, 1 April 2020

A fascinating insight into the complicated social relations at play on the early eighteenth-century building site with Christine Stevenson, Professor of Early Modern Art and Architecture at the Courtauld Institute of Art.

RIBA North East Sustainable Futures Forum Inaugural Event, Coopers Studio, 14-18 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, 1 April 2020

RIBA declared a climate emergency in June 2019. This presents a huge opportunity for the architectural profession to demonstrate thought leadership and proactively engage in making a better future.

RIBA North East Sustainable Futures Forum is here to provide a unique and safe environment where we can share experiences, learn from each other and improve daily practice.

Paul Nolan: Plan for the Mersey Forest, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University, 29 April 2020

A lecture from Paul Nolan, director of The Mersey Forest, discussing the long term vision to transform Merseyside and North Cheshire through planting tree and encouraging communities to make use of the woodlands on their doorstep.

North West

Guest Lecture Series: John Meunier, Budden Lecture Theatre, University of Liverpool, 12 March 2020

John Meunier, an esteemed Liverpool graduate (1959), will talk about his life and architecture; both a series of significant buildings (including the Burrell Collection at Glasgow and a number of houses in Cambridge and North America) and his writing. 

Guest Lecture Series: Jim Eyre, Budden Lecture Theatre, University of Liverpool, 19 March 2020

This talk from WilkinsonEyre's founding director Jim Eyre will discuss current and recent projects including Lords cricket ground, Battersea Power Station, RHS Wisley and for HS2, contrasting with the practice’s outreach globally with projects in Asia, Australia Europe and North America.

Guest Lecture Series: Michael Cosser and Chris Bolland, Budden Lecture Theatre, University of Liverpool, 26 March 2020

An overview of Liverpool's architectural highs and lows as international award winning practice Brock Carmichael celebrates 45 years in business in the City. Partners Chris Bolland and Michael Cosser will explore the City's architectural heritage, its contribution to leading world architecture and their involvement in the fabric and development of the city. This guest lecture will be packed with insights, anecdotes and supported by many alumni of The School.


RIBA exhibition: Freestyle: Architectural Adventures in Mass Media, London, from 26 February 2020

The Royal Institute of British Architects presents its first virtual reality (VR) exhibition, exploring key moments in the evolution of architectural styles over the last 500 years. Through a mesmerising virtual reality experience, this new commission by multidisciplinary design studio Space Popular raises one of the most enduring concerns of architecture: the rise and fall of architectural styles.

Futurebuild Conference, ExCeL London, 3 to 5 March 2020

Futurebuild brings together 27,000 industry influencers and shapers to drive real change. A world class knowledge programme alongside an immersive exhibition of 450 innovative and inspiring brands and a host of networking events will combine to create an unmissable experience.

The Arena programme is free to attend and will address 10 key topics for transforming the industry to achieve net zero carbon emissions in a resilient and sustainable environment.

Future Leaders 2020: Developing a Leadership Mindset, Jarvis Hall, 66 Portland Place, London, 26 March 2020

Future Leaders 2020 launches with a dedicated session on developing a leadership mindset. Why is leadership important? How does understanding yourself as a leader impact on your behaviour, and how others see you? How can empathy drive great relationships and the ability to influence without authority?


Living in a future city, Leeds International Festival, 30 April to 9 May 2020

The current state of our cities in the UK is at a turning point. If we want city dwellers of tomorrow to thrive, we need to embrace and overcome interdependent challenges in urban infrastructure, transport, the natural environment and urban systems and services that impact health, wellbeing and the economy. George Clarke (The Restoration Man, Council House Scandal) will be hosting a night of talks, panels and interesting debate on Living in a Future City. Date and location TBC.

Giorgio Ponzo '(architectural) fom and (form of) life' - Open Lecture Series, 5th Floor Architecture Studio, B Block, Broadcasting Place, Leeds Beckett University, 11 March 2020

This lecture rediscovers the original meaning of life-style (including its possible association with fashion), allowing us to take into account the ethical value of the concept and to see how different urban and architectural forms could enable and support extra-ordinary forms of life.

Giorgio Ponzo's research investigates the relationship between work and life, their unfolding and intertwining, in the spaces of the post-industrial city.

Olivia Marra ‘Fields, Gardens and Workshops: Or Architecture Combined with Horticulture and Brain Work with Manual Work’ - Open Lecture Series, Leeds School of Architecture, Leeds Beckett University, 11 March 2020

This seminar puts forward an alternative theory of the English Allotment as a paradigm of common space. Gardening becomes, in this sense, both an architectural project and a spatial praxis, fundamental for small groups of people to share resources, self organise and do things in common. Architect and educator Olivia Marra will argue these prepositions through brief historical analyses of three allotment sites in London in the light of recent scholarships on the concept of commoning.

Nick Tyson ‘Workshop’ - Open Lecture Series, Leeds School of Architecture, Leeds Beckett University, 18 March 2020

This talk with Nick Tyson from Chung Tyson Architects focuses on three fields of activity: architectural practice, academic teaching and research. Autonomous but complementary areas of work that allow connective possibilities in the areas of design, fabrication and deployment.

Kirstie Gregory ‘Uncanny Migrations: Architectural Appropriations in Contemporary Sculpture’ - Open Lecture Series, Leeds School of Architecture, Leeds Beckett University, 18 March 2020

Academic and Editor Kirstie Gregory will talk through the ways in which contemporary sculptors re-purpose the forms and attendant associations of architecture, why and how they do this and to what effect.

Reflections Seminar Programme: Stress, Precarious Lives, and Urban Dwelling with Prof. Ash Amin - Arts Tower, The Well (16th Floor), University of Sheffield, 18 March 2020

The Reflections Seminar Programme is designed to celebrate new, challenging and provocative thinking in architecture. Open to practitioners, academics, staff and students and will give attendees the opportunity to meet and socialise with colleagues in the Sheffield region.

Jim Stephenson and Laura Mark Lecture, Sheffield University Architecture Society, 19 March 2020

Fresh off the release of their new documentary series focusing on architecture practices; Jim Stephenson and Laura Mark come to talk us through their process and how they came to make the series.

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