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The world’s biggest annual architecture festival is returning to the city of London for the entire month of June. Will you be attending? Last year the festival went digital but this year it’s back with an array of digital and in-person events.

From the 1st of June, the Architecture community will gather for one of the most anticipated industry events of the year and it is without a doubt one of the most important events in the FRAME calendar.

London is the hub of architecture and design, so what better way to celebrate the industry than by exploring the city and its architecture? The programme offers events located in different areas of London, meaning you’ll have the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in the architecture of each unique area.

What can you expect?

The goal of the Festival is to celebrate London as the global hub for architecture. This year the Festival will explore the theme of ‘care’ and provide a vibrant and varied programme of COVID-safe events across London. 

Being such a well-attended event, it’s important to ensure that you plan your schedule well in advance. So, what does the Festival have in store? More details about the festival programme can be found here, but below are some of the many events that caught our attention.

In-person Events

Illuminated River: A night tour of the capital’s illuminated bridges – 1st-30th June 2021

By night throughout June, you can attend the one of a kind walking tours of London’s illuminated bridges. Walking for around 2.5 miles, you’ll have the opportunity to experience an open-air cultural experience of the city.

Designed by Atelier Ten and New York artist Leo Villareal and London architects Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands, the illuminated bridges of London have been designed as an environmentally friendly solution to lighting up the capital. Judging by the photographs, this is set to make a show-stopping impression.

Find out more and register here

Work Home. Play Home. Talk Shop – 26th June 2021

As we enter a post-COVID world architects will need to create inclusive, safer, and more considered builds that focus on enhancing physical and mental wellbeing, as well as designs that support a better work/life balance.

Hosted by AVR London, attendees can experience this event through a selection of in-person live screenings of 'Work Home. Play Home', a film that delves into the full process of creating workplaces that have the wellbeing of the occupants in mind.

The screening will also be followed by several exclusive live talks from industry leaders, as they share their expert views on how when we care for our buildings, in turn, how do they care for us?

Find out more and register here

Nine Elms Park – a new park for London – 1st-30th June 2021

Nine Elms Park is set to be the largest new outdoor green space in London, which has been designed as a sanctuary park for the enjoyment and well-being of visitors and residents of Nine Elms.

This extraordinary new park will span from Battersea Power Station towards Vauxhall and will provide a unique outdoor space for relaxation and leisure.

Find out more about the park here

Virtual events

Do we really care about women in architecture? – The Big Debate – 9th June 2021

In this online talk organised by Women in Architecture, speakers will debate Does the architecture profession care about women? Looking closely into the findings of ‘The Future of Women in Architecture Survey 2021’ and topics such as home working, schooling, caring responsibilities, deadlines, and how they impact women in the workforce.

How can the industry care more for the women working in the profession?

Join the virtual debate here

RIBA London Talks: Caring for the Planet – 16th June 2021

With climate change having a detrimental impact on the world as we know it, RIBA London will explore the importance of acknowledging climate emergency and how caring for our planet can be embedded into the work of designers and their projects, to establish a greener London.

In this digital event, attendees will hear from industry speakers including Tara Gbolade – Gbolade Design Studio, Laetitia Pancrazi and Catherine Ramsden – Useful Projects, ACAN, Studio Bark, and many more.

Join one of the most important discussions for the industry here

Does architecture care for communities? – 25th June 2021

Hosted by the leading globally recognised architecture practice - TP Bennett, through a WhatsApp discussion, professionals and participants will explore the theme of ‘care’, looking closely at the impact that architecture has on communities. The discussion aims to provide a space for everyone to share their thoughts and engage equally to provide unique viewpoints and solutions.

Find out more and join the WhatsApp group here


We hope you have a fantastic time at the Festival, and we look forward to joining some of you for the online events.  Stay tuned for more updates, by following us on LinkedIn here.