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Star-studded Architecture Week set for 9 June lift-off

This year's Pritzker Prize winner Rem Koolhaas, has been lined up to speak in London during Architecture Week. The celebrated Dutchman, made famous by his Maison a Bordeaux and his book, S, M, L, XL will be flying into London to talk at his former school, the Architectural Association on 9 June. Tickets will be available from 1 June and are expected to sell out fast.

The news comes with less than a month to go until the start of Architecture Week on 9 June and the lecture is one of around 300 events dedicated to architecture which will be crammed into just nine days.

Other architectural stars lined up to deliver talks during the week include Will Alsop, who will talk about his practice's Peckham Library and North Greenwich Underground Station on 13 June, Ron Arad on 16 June, Zaha Hadid on 9 June and Daniel Libeskind on 17 June. Terry Farrell, Spencer de Grey, Rick Mather and Michael Wilford will also be speaking in the capital, while Richard Murphy will appear in Bristol.

Now in its fourth consecutive year, Architecture Week has this year been moved to take advantage of the summer climate and will run between 9 June and 18 June.

The event which is perhaps most dependent on good weather is the Thames architecture tour which will feature a four-hour boat trip along the river with an architectural commentary on new building developments by former RIBA president, Maxwell Hutchinson. Broadway Malyan has sponsored the trip and 100 places will be available at a cost of £6 each.

Less susceptible to rain showers will be the planned tour of the Jubilee Line Extension, led by architects from each of the practices responsible for its award-winning stations. The tour will start at Southwark underground station at 18.30 on 8 June.

The architecture of museums and art galleries will also be the subject of a number of events including a talk by Rick Mather on the newly refurbished Dulwich Picture Gallery. In addition, landscape architect Peter Wirtz will talk on art in public places and architects from DEGW, the newly-appointed masterplanners to the Victoria and Albert Museum, will speak on 'The Problem of Space in the Modern Museum'.

Foster and Partners is among the practices to throw open its doors and will be holding an 'open practice' evening on 16 June from 17.00. Others taking the plunge include Richard Rogers Partnership, Building Design Partnership, RTKL and HOK International in London and Broadway Malyan in the North West, Gotch Saunders and Surridge in Kettering, D5 Architects in Birmingham and Browne Smith Baker & Partners in Newcastle.

For more information see www.archweek.co.uk or call the hotline on tel 0906 8881190. Calls are charged at 60p per minute.

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