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RIBA Late: Reaching peak Pastiche
Talks and lectures

RIBA Late: Reaching peak Pastiche

This evening will explore questions raised around classicist architecture, pastiche and neo-Georgian style raised in Pablo Bronstein’s new exhibition.

To celebrate Pablo Bronstein’s exhibition in the Architecture Gallery, Conservatism, or The Long Reign of Pseudo-Georgian Architecture, we invite you to an evening of talks, workshops, live drawing, film and music. The evening will explore questions raised around classicist architecture, pastiche and neo-Georgian style raised in Pablo Bronstein’s show and Measure Draw Build by George Saumarez Smith (ADAM Architecture) in The Practice Space.

‘Late’ events at RIBA are a fantastic opportunity to network and engage in hands on activities throughout the whole 6 floors of the RIBA’s art deco headquarters at 66 Portland Place, London. A cash bar will be open all evening.

All events are free of charge and on a first-come, first-served basis unless stated otherwise. #RIBALate



Abacus, Base Capital by APPARATA
Nicholas Lobo Brennan and Astrid Smitham, of emerging London-based practice APPARATA will discuss their installation in the RIBA Foyer which reframes an understanding of classical architecture, charting its restrictions and opportunities through the use of contemporary materials and construction technologies. The installation expresses the practice’s belief that classical architecture is a progressive force, associated with leaps in human knowledge, the escape from ignorance and superstition, and the birth of democracy.
7pm to 7.20pm, Jarvis Hall, Lower Ground Floor

Pastiche and the Pseudo-Classical
Hear artist Pablo Bronstein and classicist architect George Saumarez Smith debate the themes of their concurrent exhibitions at the RIBA which both address Britain’s fondness for classical architecture, although in quite different ways. What is it that makes yesterday’s architecture so appealing? Chaired by curator Shumi Bose.
7.30pm to 8.15pm, Jarvis Hall, Lower Ground Floor

Workshops and Activities

Live Drawing Marathon
Watch a live drawing marathon evolve as architects bring a building to life through the medium of drawing over three hours. Participants include George Saumarez Smith, Adam Architecture; Anna Gibb, Allies and Morrison; Jonathan Chan, Hawkins\Brown; Michael Paul Lewis, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios; Will Alsop, aLL Design; Sabrina Morreale, Architectural Association; Johanna Just and Ness Lafoy, The Bakerloos.
At the end of the evening the works will be collected and donated to charity Article 25 who organise the annual 10×10 Drawing the City fundraising event.
6pm to 9.30pm, Florence Hall, First Floor

Georgian vs Neo-Georgian Spot the Difference
Can you tell the difference between genuine Georgian architecture built in the 18th century and Neo-Georgian buildings built after 1880 to the present day? Try our game to test your keen eye on this ubiquitous style.
6 to 8.30pm, Aston Webb room, Second Floor

Selfie Opps with (Neo)Georgian Props
‘Georgian’ architecture has been in fashion almost continually over the last 300 years - symmetrical proportions, sash windows, embellished cornices, columns and parapets, use our props to self-style into Britain’s favourite architectural style.
6.30 to 9pm, First Floor Landing

Plundering the Past
Pablo Bronstein’s exhibition is a humorous and quietly celebratory exposure of the long-term popular love affair with and aspirational journey into Britain’s architectural past. George Saumarez Smith’s drawings and completed works demonstrate the practice of building in the present in a style that reaches far into the past. How do we distinguish ‘the good’ from ‘the bad’ in architecture? Does the difference matter? What influences our opinions on architectural style? Are we reaching peak pastiche in 2017, or are we unlikely to ever stop plundering the past for new buildings and styles? INTBAU, an international organisation promoting better building and place-making, wants your opinion.
6.30 to 9.30pm, Bistro Space, First Floor


Storey. A Show and Tell of Architecture.
See drawings by the best of recent architecture graduates work in a display by Storey. Storey seeks to inspire and inform the next generation of architects, by bridging the gap between university and employment, encouraging enormously talented students to thrive within an increasingly challenging industry. Storey promotes talent, shares knowledge and experiences of successors, and brings together the best students and the best practices.
As recent architecture graduates themselves, the Storey founders, Ryan and Alastair, believe that like them there are many that would benefit from the lessons learned by those who have already forged their path within the profession.
6 to 9.30pm, Bistro Space, First Floor


Building tours of 66 Portland Place
Discover the history, highlights and curiosities of our stunning Art Deco home completed in 1934.
6.30pm and 7.30pm, sign up at reception, Ground Floor From 6pm – music until 9.40pm and last orders at the bar 9.30pm

Bars: Jarvis Foyer, Lower Ground Floor and Florence Hall, First floor

All events are free of charge, however registration is essential.

This is part of the season of talks accompanying the exhibition in the Architecture Gallery, Pablo Bronstein: Conservatism, or The Long Reign of Pseudo-Georgian Architecture.