Seven UK architecture events still to look forward to in 2019

From the Royal Academy Architecture Prize, to the London Festival of Architecture, the UK has played host to some exceptional events so far this year for those intrigued by the architecture world. If you missed out on attending these grand occasions, don’t worry – there are still plenty of opportunities for you to take part in some important dates on the 2019 architecture calendar.

If the future of fire safety in construction concerns you, or you’d like to see who was awarded for outstanding wooden architecture, read on for a closer look at some exciting events still to come this year.

1. Architectural Photography Awards Exhibition

Now until 30 August – Turkish Trade Centre for Art and Design, London

This architectural photography competition is the leading event in its industry, with participants welcome from all ranges of skill and background. Professional photographers and amateurs alike are invited to be judged in six individual categories. Those visiting the London exhibition can witness the 2018 award winners for Buildings in Use, Interiors, Exteriors, Portfolio and Mobile photography, along with the image that won the competition overall.

Hosting the exhibition, the Turkish Trade Centre is a brand new hub in London’s creative district of Clerkenwell, attracting innovative designers and architects. The vast 1,000 square metre display room and event area regularly promotes both services from architectural design, construction, consultancy to products including natural ceramics of marble and stone.

2. RIBA and VITRA talk – Grimshaw Architects at RIBA North

1 August 2019 – RIBA North, Liverpool

Enjoy a talk from members of architecture firm Grimshaw. Partner Annelie Kvick Thompson and Associate Principal Stuart Grahn of the leading practice will discuss recent successes, such as the London Bridge Station project, and Eden Project North located at Morecambe Bay.

An award-winning practice on an international scale, Grimshaw has delivered projects on an epic scale including the Heathrow expansion. This captivating talk from the architects is being held to honour the end of the current “Evolution” exhibition held at RIBA North.

3. The Wood Awards

19–22 September 2019 – Old Truman Brewery, London

Arguably the United Kingdom’s premier competition where excellence for architecture and product-based design in the world’s naturally sustainable material come together, The Wood Awards are well worth attending. The aim of these awards is to promote and encourage through recognition of exceptional craftsmanship, installation and design using wood.

The projects ultimately shortlisted for the 2018 Wood Awards will be on show, and include designs by Niall McLaughlin Architects, Foster and Partners, Sebastian Cox, John Makepeace, Barber and Osgerby, and Squire and Partners. Those attending will also be afforded the opportunity to vote on projects by student designers.

4. Guerrilla Tactics 2019 – Understanding the developer mindset

5-6 November 2019 – RIBA Portland Place, London

In a conference designed to assist smaller practices in grasping the developer mindset, including the decisions they make for clients and the cost of such choices, those attending will be given tactics and tools to enhance their position as “architect-developers”.

The two-day conference will focus on development skills not often taught to architects, such as funding and selling, and these will be covered in several seminars and engaging sessions. Delegates will be empowered with new knowledge to better serve clients and create a brand new stream of income. The keynote speech will be delivered by former Bristol Mayor and Past President of RIBA, George Ferguson.

5. Architectural Culture and Society Conference

29 November – 1 December – docklands academy London

The 2019 SPACE International Conference offers a platform for delegates to discuss both research results and recent advances in the sectors of architecture and society. This will include related areas including interior architecture, social sciences and education.

Policymakers and researchers will share their knowledge and expertise on several themes from architectural history and theory, to how architecture is applied in daily life. Those attending the discussions can also witness specialists in their fields debate topics like cultural and social sustainability in architecture, and expand their own understanding of architecture and what it means to our society.

6. Fire safety for designers – Post Grenfell

3 December – BRLSI, Bath

In the wake of the Grenfell incident, the Independent Review of Building Regulations and fire safety has stated that safety processes for fire and the regulatory framework that governs them is no longer fit for purpose. This instructive seminar will examine existing complacencies and investigate how the construction sector must change. It will outline ways to simplify the process and the role of designers to ensure effective results for fire safety.

The seminar will also introduce a Plan of Work for Fire safety developed by RIBA and demonstrate to those attending common sense methods of creating suitable drawings for fire safety strategies and fire specifications. Institute of Fire Engineers Fellow and RIBA Chartered architect Paul Bussey of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris will deliver the keynote address. Those interested in the everyday practical application of design to safeguard future construction would be advised to attend.

7. Architecture Tours – Brutal or Beautiful

8 – 15 December – Barbican Centre, London

Explore the Barbican and see it in a different light on a walking tour led by an expert Centre guide. Those joining the hour-and-a-half-long tour can discover the gripping history of the surrounding estate and the story of the Centre’s construction.

Trekking across the high walks of the Barbican will allows those taking the tour an opportunity to learn about the design, influence and construction of the Centre and the estate. The tour also promises both rare and surprising discoveries and sights to behold, including insights into the unique architectural project. For a fresh perspective on one of London’s most iconic buildings, this tour may well be worth taking part in.

Open your eyes to new ideas and innovative structural possibilities that aim to inspire visitors from all over England, Scotland and Wales, and constantly push the boundaries of what is possible. As we enter the second half of the year, make sure you take full advantage of these outstanding events and expand your knowledge by celebrating architecture and all its facets.

Posted by Mark
July 24, 2019

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