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RIBA Book Club

RIBA Book Club is a chance to hear from some of your favourite architectural authors. The bar at 66 Portland Place allows for intimate discussion and further understanding of some of our most popular books.

January: How thought leadership has changed the way I practice 

RIBA First Floor Gallery | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom

Friday, 31 January 2020 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT) Tickets 

How can innovative ideas from outside the field of architecture inform practice? For the first RIBA Book Club event of 2020, three influential architects – Angela Dapper of Grimshaw, Tomas Millar of Millar + Howard Workshop and Carl Turner of Turner.Works – will be talking about how a particular thought leadership book has moved and inspired them to shift the way they think about and engage with work.

Tomas Millar will be discussing 'Creativity, Inc', by Ed Catmall, founder of Pixar, for its ‘perspective of another industry that is both technical and creative in equal measure’, while well-known architect entrepreneur Carl Turner will be talking about 'The One Thing', highlighting how it changed his studio’s approach to systemisation and focus.

Grimshaw principal and diversity champion, Angela Dapper will be highlighting 'Women and Power: A Manifesto' by Mary Beard, which tests cultural assumptions about women's relationship with power across history.

As an attendee of this event you will be able to purchase:

  • Ed Catmall, 'Creativity, Inc.: Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration'
  • Gary Keller and Jay Papsan, 'The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results'
  • Mary Beard, 'Women and Power: A Manifesto'

Please note, VAT is added on to the price of the ticket

February: How can architects become part of the solution to the climate change challenge?

RIBA First Floor Gallery | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom

Friday, 28 February 2020 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT) Tickets 

As part of the wider design and construction industry, the architectural profession contributes significantly to climate change: the fabrication, occupation, maintenance and demolition of the world’s built environment consumes about 50% of all the raw materials annually; it also creates 45% of UK CO2 emissions. Now, the RIBA is urging architects to act and become part of the solution rather than the problem. In June 2019, it declared an environment and climate emergency, and in October it launched 2030 Climate Challenge Targets for RIBA Chartered Practices.

In this book club event, two expert RIBA Publishing authors explore how architects can ameliorate climate change. Duncan Baker-Brown, author of 'The Reuse Atlas', will talk about the importance of architects as ‘resource managers’, sourcing reusable and reused materials and components. What are the key moves that architects need to make to change the way they specify and motivate their clients and collaborators to do the same thing?

Ed Barsley, author of 'Retrofitting for Flood Resilience', will highlight how architects can work creatively and strategically with increased water levels induced by shifting climate conditions.

As an attendee of this event you will be able to purchase:

  • Duncan Baker-Brown, 'The Reuse Atlas: A Designer’s Guide Towards a Circular Economy'
  • Ed Barsley, 'Retrofitting for Flood Resilience: A Guide to Building and Community Design'

Please note, VAT is added on to the price of the ticket

March: Can Buildings be Restorative? Biomimicry and Wellness in Architecture

RIBA First Floor Gallery | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom

Friday, 27 March 2020 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT) Tickets

How can design go beyond conventional sustainability standards and create buildings that are truly restorative? Whether it is reversing damage to the natural environment or engendering health and wellbeing in the users of buildings.

Author of 'Biomimicry in Architecture' and pioneer of regenerative design, Michael Pawlyn will be discussing how designers can achieve radical increases in resource efficiency by taking their inspiration from nature, which has evolved its forms, systems and processes over millions of years.

Interior designer and wellbeing expert, Elina Grigoriou, will be talking about the impact interior environments have on human wellbeing. Drawing on her book 'Wellbeing in Interiors', she will highlight how buildings should go beyond the merely functional, reducing stress and enhancing wellbeing, creating healthier places.

As an attendee of this event you will be able to purchase:

  • Michael Pawlyn, 'Biomimicry in Architecture'
  • Elina Grigoriou, 'Wellbeing in Interiors: Philosophy, design and value in practice'

Please note, VAT is added on to the price of the ticket

Our past talks:

January: Revisiting Postmodernism
RIBA Bar | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom
Friday, 25 January 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

For the launch, we brought together two of the leading proponents of Postmodernism, Sir Terry Farrell and Adam Nathaniel Furman: the co-authors of 'Revisiting Postmodernism'.

February: Learning from Carlo Scarpa

RIBA Bar | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom
Friday, 22 February 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

The second instalment of the RIBA Book Club introduced Edinburgh based, award-winning architect Richard Murphy, discussing his book 'Carlo Scarpa and Castelvecchio Revisited'.

March: Cook's Camden

RIBA Bar | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom
Friday, 29 March 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

The third instalment of the RIBA Book Club introduced Mark Swenarton, Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Liverpool and author of 'Cooks’ Camden: Making of Modern Housing'.

April: Happy by Design
RIBA Bar | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom
Friday, 26 April 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

The spring season of the RIBA Book Club brings you an interview with Ben Channon, author of 'Happy by Design: A Guide to Architecture and Mental Wellbeing', Associate at Assael Architecture and Founder and Chair of The Architects’ Mental Wellbeing Forum.

May: How and who should we be designing housing for?

RIBA Bar | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom
Friday, 24 May 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

Two leading architects, thought leaders and authors, Paul Karakusevic and Julia Park, asked how and who we should be designing housing for.

June: Sir Peter Cook

RIBA Bar | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom
Friday, 28 June 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

Influential architect, educator, writer and speaker Sir Peter Cook joined us at the RIBA Book Club to discuss his love of books and ideas.

October: Migrating Bauhaus – the design diaspora

RIBA First Floor Gallery | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom
Friday, 18 October 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

This Bauhaus themed edition of the RIBA Book Club focused on the effect of the displacement of individuals representing the Bauhaus and their ideas.

November: Architecture as Fiction

RIBA First Floor Gallery | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom
Friday, 29 November 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

This session of RIBA Book Club will explore the meeting point between fiction and architecture.

Alexandra Road, Tim Crocker

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