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Talks and lectures

Fast Forward with Jim Stephenson

Jim Stephenson hosts a special evening of short talks that respond to his unique London Festival of Architecture installation, The Architect Has Left The Building at RIBA, 66 Portland Place in London.

Join renowned architectural photographer and filmmaker Jim Stephenson for a special evening of short talks that respond to his unique London Festival of Architecture installation.

The Architect Has Left The Building considers the joy of place-making and celebrating the communal spaces that are the ‘common ground’ between all users of architecture.

The Fast Forward evening will feature a series of guest speakers, from artists to architects, set designers to horror writers.  

Hosted by Jim Stephenson, speakers include:

Photographic artist Sarah Pickering, on her work documenting the towns built to train riot police in. 

Award-winning Hollywood set designer Luke Whitelock

Writer Ray Newman, reading from his series of architecture-themed horror story collection, Municipal Gothic. 

Educator and architect Hannah Durham and her work linking architecture to storytelling. 

Architect and artist Hamza Shaikh on the power of drawing. 

Chris Laing on creating a sign language for architectural terms, breaking down the barriers deaf people are confronted by in the industry. 

Sound artist and composer Peter Adjaye, working on the boundary of sound and architect. 

Architect and 2020 RIBAJ rising star Ingrid Petit from Feilden Fowles 

And architect, researcher and writer Nana Biamah-Ofosu, co-curator of 'Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Power in West Africa’, the V&A’s Applied Arts Pavilion at Venice.

This event is part of the 2023 London Festival of Architecture

A month long celebration of architecture and city-making, taking place every June across London.

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