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What to see at London Festival of Architecture 2015

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The AJ’s guide of what to see at the capital’s month-long celebration of architecture

More than 200 events are happening as part of the London Festival of Architecture, which runs from 1 June to 30 June, here the AJ picks out the highlights


Architecture Open

Carl Turner Brixton pop up

This exhibition designed by Henry Milner and organised by RIBA London will showcase the work of London practices including Stanton Williams, vPPR, Tate Harmer, and Carl Turner Architects.

When 5 – 28 June

Where POP Brixton, 31 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PB

RA Summer Exhibition 2015

Curated by architect Ian Ritchie, the Royal Academy’s architecture room will play host to a range of emerging and established talents.

When 8 June – 16 August

Where Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD

Public London: Ten Years of Transforming Spaces

On the tenth anniversary of New London Architecture, this exhibition looks at the capital’s public space celebrating the best projects and initiatives.

When 23 June – 11 July

Where The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT

World Architecture Festival UK Showcase

All the finalists in the 2015 WAF awards will go on display in London for the first time.

When 24 – 27 June

Where Ambika P3, University of Westminister, 35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS 


Drones, Time-lapse and Social Media: How technology is helping to tell a deeper story about buildings

Architectural photographer Paul Raftery will speak about how new technologies are changing how we view the built environment.

When 2 June, 08.30 – 09.30am

Where Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, WC1B 3ES

Who’d be a young architect?

In this panel discussion Irish and London architects will compare experiences at the start of their careers.

When 4 June, 6pm

Where Red Pavilion, Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross

Cultivating Creative Cities

A debate on how policy and design can encourage creative places in cities to thrive featuring architect Will Alsop, the GLA’s Munira Mirza, and sculptor Alison Wilding.

When 8 June, 6.30 – 8pm

Where Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD

Culture Now: Rebel Architecture

Film still from 'Greening the City', part of Rebel Architecture series. Image: Al Jazeera.

This panel discussion responds to Al Jazeera’s documentary series Rebel Architecture and will bring together architects and filmmakers to explore how the architect’s role is changing.

When 12 June, 1pm

Where ICA, The Mall, SW1Y 5AH

Ebbsfleet Garden City – A Work in Progress

In this talk, AJ critic-at-large Ellis Woodman will discuss the plans for Ebbsfleet’s new garden city with architect and Ebbsfleet UDC masterplanning director Louise Wyman.

When 16 June, 6.30 – 8.30pm

Where Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Morelands, 5—23 Old Street, EC1V 9HL 

Park Nights 2015 prelude: SelgasCano in conversation

Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano

This year’s Serpentine Pavilion designers SelgasCano will discuss the ideas behind their work with Serpentine directors Julia Peyton-Jones and Hans Ulrich Obrist.

When 23 June, 2.30pm

Where Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA

Rise and Fall of the Council Estate

Assemble Brutalist playground

As part of a series of events accompanying Assemble’s Brutalist Playground installation, this debate with architect-turner planner Finn Williams, artist Simon Terrill, and Love London Council Housing blogger Andrea Klettner will look at the highs and lows of public-funded housing.

When 23 June, 7 – 8.40pm

Where RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD

Thomas Heatherwick: NLA Annual Lecture

Thomas Heatherwick will give New London Architecture’s annual lecture on his work and influence both in the capital and abroad.

When 29 June, 6 – 8.30pm

Where Logan Hall, 20 Bedford Way, WC1H 0AL


Routemaster Tour of the West End

Join Transport for London Commissioner Peter Hendry in his restored Routemaster bus for a tour of the buildings of London’s West End

When 22 June, 6 – 8.30pm

Where Covent Garden

Irish Architecture Walks + Talks London


RIBA Gold Medal winners Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey will give tours of their Stirling Prize-shortlisted Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.

When 9 June, 6.30 – 9pm

WhereSaw Swee Hock Student Centre, London School of Economics, Sheffield Street, WC2A 2AE 

Tack-on-Tours: The Ugliest Buildings in London

These theatrical walking tours will tour ‘ugly London’ challenging pre-conceived ideas of aesthetics.

When various dates throughout June

Where Central London


Playtime by Jacques Tati

Tati’s 1967 comedy portrays the sixties workplace through the eyes of a slightly befuddled Frenchman lost in the new modernity of Paris.

Where 03 June, 6.30 – 10.30pm

When RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD


Organised by RIBA London, architects across the capital are opening up their studios for the festival.

East: 4 - 7 June

  • Adam Richards Architects
  • Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
  • Chetwoods
  • Clements and Porter Architects
  • Collective Works
  • Emrys Architects
  • Eric Parry Architects
  • Featherstone Young Architects
  • Finkernagel Ross Architects
  • Foster Lomas
  • Francesc SERRA VILA
  • Fraser Brown Mackenna Architects
  • HUT & Edgley Design
  • Lipton Plant Architects
  • MAD Marinelli Architecture & Design
  • Metropolitan Workshop
  • Milk Architecture & Design
  • Orms
  • Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • Project Orange
  • RCKa
  • Roz Barr Architects
  • SOM
  • Space Lab
  • Studio aki with Appropriate Theatre
  • Studio Edgret West
  • TateHindle
  • Tonkin Lui
  • Universal Design Studio
  • vPPR Architects
  • Waugh Thistleton Architects

North: 11 - 14 June

  • 24/8 with Helen Brough
  • Aukett Swanke
  • Farrells
  • John McAslan and Partners
  • KSR Architects
  • Levitt Bernstein
  • Studio Mcleod
  • Square Feet Architects
  • Sanya Polescuk Architects
  • Xul Architecture

South: 18 - 21 June

  • Alma-nac
  • Ben Adams Architects
  • Collective Architecture
  • Granit Chartered Architects
  • Jo Townshend Architects
  • John Robertson Architects
  • MSMR Architects
  • Tim Flynn Architects
  • Studio Octopi
  • Urban Salon

West: 25 - 28 June

  • BLDA Architects
  • Charlick + Nicholson Architects
  • Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher
  • Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Henning Stummel Architects
  • KHBT and Office for Subversive Architecture with Manchester School of Art
  • Ryder Architecture
  • Simon Bowden Architecture
  • Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo
  • Woods Bagot


New Horizon

Hall McKnight LDF pavilion

Two pavilions – one designed by Clancy Moore, TAKA, Steve Larkin and another by Hall McKnight – which will host talks and events on emerging Irish talent.

When 1 – 24 June

Where Lewis Cubitt Square, King’s Cross

Japanese Temple Pavilion at Dorich House Museum

Third year architecture students at Kingston University will install a prefabricated wooden temple structure in the garden of Dorich House Museum.

When 30 May – 03 June

Where Dorich House Museum, 67 Kingston Vale, SW15 3RN

Reinterpreting the Primitive Hut

This installation will show 1:1 models put together by the Cass School of Architecture in response to the theme of the primitive hut.

When 2 June – 5 July

Where Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP

Where in Wally? Discovering the forgotten spaces of Walthamstow

Organised by E17 Architects, this installation will create an online ‘wikimap’ identifying treasured spaces in Walthamstow.

When 14 June

Where Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall Street, E17 9HQ

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