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The Top Architecture and Design events to attend in 2020

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Top Architecture & Interior Design Events 2020

Are you planning to attend Architecture or Design events in 2020? At FRAME Recruitment, we are always interested in what is happening in the industry, which is why we love to attend events.

If you are looking to progress in your career or would like to meet like-minded people in 2020, events should be on your radar. Attending events offers an ideal opportunity to stay up to date with the latest industry trends and uncover what everyone else is talking about.

With so many events to choose from, we have put together a list of the top events starting from the beginning of the year, which you can add to your 2020 calendar.

Surface Design Show  - 11-13 February 2020

Surface Design Show is an event held for both Architects and Designers, that runs over two days from 11-13 February at the Business Design Centre in London. This event explores purely interior and exterior surfaces.

If you are looking to uncover the latest surface material designs, developments, industry innovations and expand your industry knowledge this is the event for you.

There are over 30 interactive, informative and engaging presentations from 50 guest speakers to choose from. For those looking to meet new people in the industry, there are numerous networking opportunities to take advantage of.

What would an Architecture or Design event be without visuals and exhibitions? Surface Design Show has over 40 ‘New Talent’ exhibitors who will be showcasing their new creative work at the event. You’ll be the first to see it and get an idea of what trends will be emerging in the coming months.

Above all do not forget to attend ‘The Surface Design Awards Display and Presentation’, which is a fantastic way to ‘celebrate the best use of innovative surface materials in architecture and design from across the globe.’

Find out more and register for your ticket on the official Surface Design Show website.


Retail Design Expo - 29-30 April 2020

Retail Design Expo is a specialist event for all things retail and hospitality. So, whether you are an Architect or Designer this is a must-attend event in 2020.

You’ll uncover what suppliers are offering in the way of innovative design technology for online and in-store, which is a perfect way to think about how you can innovate your own work for the future.

Attendees can expect guided tours, conferences, awards, exhibition stands, networking bars and even a ‘chill and charge café’ which is a perfect place to meet with other attendees or even book a meeting with your clients.

The expo programme also focuses on thought leadership with several talks from well-renowned industry experts who will share their insights on the latest trends for the retail industry.

Attendees can grow their network by meeting new people who are also working in the industry, including key decision-makers, brands, hospitality providers and other designers.

If this sounds like something you would be interested in be sure to find out more on the official Retail Design Expo website.

Clerkenwell Design Week - 19-21 May 2020

As one of the most successful UK industry events, Clerkenwell Design Week will celebrate its’ 11th anniversary in May 2020.

From 19-21 May 2020 Clerkenwell Design Week will celebrate its community of diverse and creative businesses and Architects by showcasing leading international brands and their work. Held at numerous locations across Clerkenwell, you’ll find showrooms and exhibitions displaying the latest and most innovative work the industry has to offer.  

In 2019 over 34,185 people from the design industry headed to Clerkenwell, London, to visit the 300 exhibitors and showrooms. It really is an event that everyone is talking about.

Find out more on the Clerkenwell Design Week website.


Architect of The Year Awards -21st May 2020

Organised by Building Design, the Architect of The Year Awards are held annually to recognise and celebrate the architecture industry. As one of the most prestigious events in the architectural calendar, the Awards will attract over 700 key senior industry leaders to the Westminster Park Plaza hotel in London.

This is a fantastic way for Architects to come together as a community and be awarded for their work and contributions to the industry. Everyone has the chance to be nominated and there are awards for many categories in Architecture, including;

-        Young Architect of the Year

-        Female Architectural Leader of the Year

-        Small Project Architect of the Year

-        Interior Architect of the Year

-        Housing Architect of the Year

Do you think you have what it takes to enter for an award? Entries for 2020 are now open and this is your chance to showcase your skills and work, increase your industry profile and celebrate success.

Some winners from last year included:

-        Female Architectural Leader of the Year Winner: Sadie Morgan

-        Small Project Architect of the Year Winner: Gibson Thornley Sponsored by Housing Today

-        Interior Architect of the Year Winner:  con | form architects Sponsored by Atrium

-        Housing Architect of the Year Winner: Maccreanor Lavington Sponsored by Recticel

Why not find out more and start your award entry on the official Architect of the Year Awards website.


The London Festival of Architecture- 1-30 June 2019

The London Festival of Architecture is ‘the world’s biggest annual architecture festival in the world’s capital city of architecture.’ Attended by over 600,00 people the Festival is one event that all Architects should attend if they want to be in the know.

This annual event held in the heart of London is run throughout the month of June and with over 500 events to choose from across the city, attendees are always spoilt for choice with things to do and see. Think interactive workshops, studio nights, exhibitions and much more.

Attend and you will have the chance to meet with Architecture Masters, Design Practitioners, Artists and Academics. You never know what you could learn and how this could help enhance your Architecture career.

FRAME attend every year and this is an event we never want to miss, so neither should you. Register for your tickets to this years’ Festival on The London Festival of Architecture website. 


London Design Festival – 12-20 September 2020

London Design Festival is held every year to promote London as the ‘design capital of the world.’

The Festival celebrates and recognises Designers from across the industry, their work and the most innovate designs of the year. Additionally, reviewing all areas of the industry and sharing future predications for every design sector, including Architecture, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Production, Digital Design, Engineering and much more.

Attendees have the chance to view exhibitions and displays from some of the world’s best designers and design practices; as well as attend talks, drop-in sessions, tours and workshops.

In 2019 the Festival welcomed hosts such as the famous V&A, London Design Biennale and many more. 

Whether you want to attend on a lunch break or after work, the Festival is located across Central, East, West, North and South London, making it easy for everyone to attend.  

Find out more about about this event on the official London Design Festival website. 


Decorex - 11-14 October 2020

Decorex International is regarded as the ‘high-end’ residential interior design event of the industry. Having been established for over 40 years, Decorex attracts interior design professionals from across Europe.

Run from 11-14 October 2020 at the famous Olympia London, attendees have the platform to mingle with some of the biggest names in the industry. You never know who you might meet.

With pop-up designs and visuals everywhere, Decorex is a designers paradise; not to mention there are an array of exhibitors who will be displaying their latest collections. This is a fantastic opportunity to get inspired, source the most desired materials for your projects and establish relationships with other designers.

Over the four days, attendees will be spoilt for choice of things to do and see, which include listening to industry talks from guest speakers and uncovering the latest trends in retail design. This really is an event for the most creative and visual designers.

Attend and you will not be disappointed – simply register for your ticket on the official Decorex International website.


Sleep & Eat Event - 14-18 November 2020

Attracting Designers from all over the world, Sleep & Eat is ‘Europe’s leading design and innovation event for the hospitality sector.’

Hosted at the Olympia London from 14-18 November 2020, both established and new designers head to Sleep & Eat to launch and exhibit their latest designs. This is a fantastic opportunity for designers of all levels to uncover what’s new in the industry and learn about the most recent innovations.

Over the two days, you will be networking, listening to renowned thought leaders and immersing yourself in new concepts, products and unseen designs.

If you are looking for a place to get inspiration for new ideas, Sleep & Eat has you covered all under one roof. It is free to attend, so make sure you register for your ticket on the official Sleep & Eat website. 

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