The London Festival of Architecture is back with a magnificent line up this June. With professionals from across the industry and individuals with a passion for architecture coming together for this prestigious festival, the London Festival of Architecture is one to add to your calendar.
Taking place throughout the entire month of June, you’ll be exposed to discussions around architecture, new industry innovations, and countless opportunities to network with like-minded people.
The festival is a month-long celebration of the architecture industry and takes place across the diverse and multi-cultural UK Capital. The festival’s aim is to encompass professional and public architecture, so that everyone can celebrate the world of architecture together.
The London Festival of Architecture is one of the most collaborative industry events run by New London Architecture, the world’s leading centre for the build design industry. It is a hub for creativity, community, and freedom of expression.
Each year the festival has a distinctive theme, with this years’ being ‘Act.’ The connotations around the theme of Act symbolise the challenges that the global COVID-19 pandemic has pushed to the top of many people’s agendas. These include climate change, social injustice, and the need for a changing society. The question surrounding these challenges will focus on how architectural professionals can take accountability in their designs and beyond their profession, as well as how can they become more collaborative in tackling these issues.
With a focus on community, the festival will take place across the following destinations:
- The City of London – a true fusion of historic and modern architecture, including St. Pauls Cathedral, the Gherkin and Tower Bridge, this walkable part of London is a haven for exploring the most unique architectural buildings in the world.
- London Borough of Camden – Camden Town is most recognisable for its rich culture and diversity of buildings. With restaurants, residential homes, healthcare and transport designs, several new developments are being built in this area, which you will be able to admire closely during the festival.
- Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – 2022 marks the 10th anniversary of the 2012 London Olympic Games, making it a fantastic opportunity to visit the Olympic Park to mark the occasion. Since 2012, this area has transformed into a vibrant centre of residential homes, businesses, and widespread parkland. The festival will highlight the different stories of the residents and industry professionals, who have played a part in the story behind the Olympic Park.
- Royal Docks – once the gateway to the world for international trade, this year’s theme of act is a chance to explore how the Royal Docks have transformed from a transport gateway to a historic architectural infrastructure.
- South Westminster – one of the most recognisable areas of London, South Westminster is home to Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament, and Trafalgar Square. Historically, the capital of politics, this area is changing, and the festival will demonstrate how.
What can you expect this year?
There is so much to see and do, including the Curator Picks from this year’s festival programme, studio lates and collections. The attractions that caught our eye from the programme include:
- People, Place, Planet: How to create communities that last – this event will hear people from across the built environment industry, including developers, designers and passionate community advocates, debate on how the industry can create place that realistically work for the people that live and use them. Find out more.
- Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation 2022 – hear from the next generation of industry professionals, who are shaping the future of London. They will discuss emerging topics such as, economic insecurities, cuts to public services and facilities, climate change, the consequences of COVID-19 and much more. Find out more.
- Clerkenwell is a hub for architecture and design, home to some of the most prestigious studios and practices of the capital. On Friday 10th of June, you can head to Clerkenwell and immerse yourself in a variety of studio late sessions, which you can find out more about here.
- The renowned Tate Modern and National Theatre have put Southbank on the map as the place to be for creative businesses and professionals alike who want to build their careers in this area. This year, the London Festival of Architecture invites you to visit the many architecture practices that call Southbank home. Get to know the people behind each practice and their missions. Find out more.
Some of our dedicated and expert Architecture Recruitment team are excited to be in attendance.
We will be attending the locations across the month of June, and networking with industry professionals also in attendance.
We'd love to meet up, so please do get in contact and arrange a meeting in advance.
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