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Architecture Photo Walk: Golden Lane and the Barbican
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Architecture Photo Walk: Golden Lane and the Barbican

Compare and contrast two great Corporation of London estates: Golden Lane and the Barbican. Led by a professional photographer, you will begin the day immersed in the RIBA’s collections to help contextualise the afternoon walk. Heading offsite, you will then explore both estates and take up the challenge of capturing your own images of these two iconic locations. For ages 18+ and all abilities.

About the Day

Join us for this architecture photo walk that compares two great Corporation of London estates - Golden Lane and the Barbican. Designed by architects Chamberlin, Powell and Bon, these estates provided much needed housing in City of London locations that had been heavily bomb damaged during the war. Both connect to a Corbusian lineage of modernist architecture and, now listed, continue to be well-maintained exemplars from a period of utopian ideals for city living.

You will begin the day at RIBA’s HQ in London. Here we will contextualise the afternoon session as you will have the opportunity to look at some of the important reference points within the RIBA Library Collections. Items will include period photographs made at the completion of both estates as well as more recent books and journals that revisit and review the schemes.

Next, as a group, we head offsite to the Barbican for a guided tour around both the estates where you will be challenged to capture images of these two iconic locations. Led by a professional photographer who is familiar with the estates, you will firstly focus on translating the mornings session through reading the urban fabric and then looking at the architectural details. The day will finish with a discussion and review of images.

To see our Architectural Photo Walk taking place in March as well as our upcoming series of creative workshops, see our learning programme for adults.

About the Event

This event is led by photographer Anthony Palmer for students and adults aged 18 and over. It starts at the RIBA before taking to the streets.

This course is suitable for anyone who wishes to engage actively with architecture through drawing and is suitable for photographers at all levels, including beginners. Participants must bring equipment they are comfortable with including phones, tablets or cameras.

Online booking in advance is essential.

Please note: this is a photo walk that explores the contexts of photographing architecture, rather than the technical skills of photography.


We strive to ensure our events are accessible for wheelchair users. Occasionally our offsite visits may involve steps and uneven terrain; please contact us to discuss the route for specific tours and events.


  • £60 standard ticket
  • £50 for RIBA Members, Students, or Friends