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RIBA to host new architectural talks season on sustainability

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced new sustainability talks season; Architecture Anew.

03 March 2021

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is pleased to announce Architecture Anew; its first public programmes talks season to focus on sustainability, in partnership with VitrA Bathrooms.

Clockwise from top left: Anna Heringer, Anupama Kundoo and Xu Tiantian

Architecture Anew will bring together award-winning architects, emerging practices and designers to discuss the role of architecture in designing a more sustainable future.

The first three digital talks, which will be available to stream live around the world, will feature Anna Heringer, Anupama Kundoo, Jonathan Tuckey Design, Studio Morison and Xu Tiantian.

In Conversation with Anna Heringer and Anupama Kundoo, 23 March 2021, 5pm (GMT), £3 Early bird rate, £6 Standard/£4 Member

The architectural practices of Anna Heringer and Anupama Kundoo have gained international acclaim for their work using locally sourced natural materials and traditional techniques from communities. Together they will discuss the ways design can and should nurture social, economic and environmental sustainability, followed by an audience Q&A. More information here.

Low Tech: Working Creatively with Nature, 20 April 2021, 5pm (BST), £3 Early bird rate, £6 Standard/£4 Member

How can we design buildings and environments using nature-based technologies, which offer more ecological solutions? Confirmed speakers for this roundtable discussion on building design include Practice Architecture, Jonathan Tuckey Design and artists Studio Morison. They will examine how each of their practices is creatively finding new ways to adapt traditional building techniques such as thatch, cob and rammed earth, giving them renewed relevance in 21st Century. Includes audience Q&A. More information here.

Rural Renaissance: Xu Tiantian (DNA Design and Architecture), 11 May 2021, 1pm (BST), £3 Early bird rate, £6 Standard/£4 Member

Architecture can play an important role in supporting, sustaining and building resilience in rural communities, and we can learn skills and methods from the way these communities live. In this lecture Xu Tiantian, from Beijing based DNA Design and Architecture, will talk through the practice’s highly acclaimed projects, implemented following wider strategy and investment into rural communities. Includes audience Q&A. More information here.

Public Programmes Manager, Chloe Spiby Loh, said:

“We are incredibly excited to deliver our first major talks series which focuses entirely on sustainability. 2020 marked a radical change in the way we live our lives, from how we use our homes, to how we engage with our local community and connect globally. This original programme will examine necessary ingenuity, entrepreneurship and creativity, and we hope it inspires individual action and behavioural change.”

For more information on the Architecture Anew talk series, visit here.


Notes to editors:

  1. For further press information about RIBA please contact: or 020 7307 3813
  2. The Architecture Anew talks series is co-presented by RIBA and VitrA Bathrooms. For further information about VitrA, please contact, 020 7713 9388
  3. For press images visit here.
  4. RIBA has developed the 2030 Climate Challenge to help architects meet net zero whole life carbon for new and retrofitted buildings by 2030. Find out more here.
  5. The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body that serves its members and society in order to deliver better buildings and places, stronger communities and a sustainable environment. The RIBA is a registered charity and relies on the generosity of individuals, companies, trusts and foundations to preserve its world-class collections, to maintain free public access to its exhibitions and to develop a diverse and exciting public events programme. Follow @RIBA on Twitter for regular updates

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