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Events for Future Architects

10 February 2020

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

North East

Olly Wainwright: Form Follows Finance, Newcastle University, 19 February 2020

The Guardian's architecture critic, Oliver Wainwright, will trace how form follows finance, and asks what role architects in addressing the challenges ahead.

Public Lecture: Professor Jianfei Zu - Theatre of War: Towards a Geopolitical Critique of Architecture, Newcastle University, 26 February 2020

The first public lecture of the year from Newcastle University's School of Architecture Planning and Landscape explores geographic locality and geopolitical dynamics.

Tyneside Cinema: Projections Open Call, Newcastle upon Tyne, deadline: 28 February 2020

This open call asks for proposals from curators and artists to present new moving image programmes or create live work for the Tyneside Cinema space in partnership with Newcastle University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape.

Public Lecture: 'Medium Design' by Keller Easterling, Newcastle University, 11 March 2020

A public lecture from Newcastle University's School of Architecture Planning and Landscape with Keller Easterling, an architect, writer and Professor at Yale University.

'Medium Design' inverts an emphasis on object and figure to prompt innovative thought about both spatial and non-spatial problems.

Newcastle150, 10 to 12 March 2020, deadline for applications: 14 February 2020

How do we ensure that by 2032 Newcastle is a city where all of its young people can reach their potential?

Newcastle150 is a free leadership programme that will convene young (18 to 25 year olds) diverse leaders from across Newcastle from 10 to 12 March. Over those three days, participants will brainstorm, test, refine and present their visions for the city. In the process, these young leaders will explore different geographic areas of the city to learn from established public, private, and non-profit leaders. They will investigate key issues, hold difficult conversations, and collaborate around tangible solutions for Newcastle.

North West

Guest Lecture Series: Urbanistas SHE-Builds NW, Budden Lecture Theatre, University of Liverpool, 5 March 2020

As we approach International Women’s Day, Urbanistas NW is excited to bring SHE-Builds NW to the University of Liverpool. Join for an introduction to the group, followed by a presentation and discussion on current attitudes, experience, the changing face of the profession and the broader industry.


RIBA Architecture Gallery: 2020 open call for installation proposals, deadline: 13 February 2020

This open call is an opportunity for emerging, mid-career and established names to form part of the history of RIBA commissions. The theme is power in architecture. There are multiple ways in which the theme can be interpreted, whether through statements of authority, the organisation of citizens through physical structures, or a commitment to construct and function without demanding an abundant use of power. To advocate the inclusive nature of the profession and the increasingly blurred boundaries of the traditional design disciplines, architects are welcome to develop ideas as a collaborative endeavour with an artist or designer.

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.

West Midlands 

Women in Architecture Lecture and Q&A, JQ Design Destination, Birmingham, 4 March 2020

Join the Birmingham Architectural Association alongside RIBA West Midlands as we explore the success, glass ceilings and ultimate achievements of a selection of RIBA West Midlands Women in Architecture throughout the generations.


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.

Humber Architectural Association Presents: Architects Not Anonymous, Hull, 26 February 2020

The Humber Architectural Association welcome all RIBA members, local developers and contractors, built environment professionals and the general public to an exhibition celebrating and promoting the RIBA Chartered Practices of the region.


RIBA + VitrA talk: Yasmeen Lari, V&A Dundee, 18 February 2020

Yasmeen Lari will talk about her humanitarian work building zero-carbon structures with communities in disaster prone areas of Pakistan, in what she calls "anti-architecture".

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