EVENT - Talk
Saturdays: 13 May, 20 May, 27 May, 3 June, & 10 June, 11:30 - 12:30
Join the Society for this informative series of five Saturday morning talks with some of London's leading experts and learn about the architectural styles that make up the city.
London is not characterised by any particular architectural style, as it has accumulated its buildings over a long period. This Saturday School series will help you to explore some of these styles, to identify the periods to which they belong, learn how to read the codes and to understand the design pedigree of the buildings that surround us.
Covering architecture from medieval age right through to contemporary times, the sessions at the Saturday School are suitable for anyone with a love of London. The format is informal and no specialist knowledge is required.
Speakers are chosen for their expertise in each era and the talks will be fully illustrated. There will be ample time for discussion and questions afterwards.
Classes will be held between 11:30 and 12:30/1pm at The Building Centre where we will have access to New London Architecture's magnificent 1:300,000 scale model of London to help illustrate each of these talks. The Gentleman Baristas' will also be on hand in the cafe to supply you with some of the best coffee in town!
Saturday, 13 May
London before the Great Fire - an exploration of its medieval architecture
Alec Forshaw explains that while nine-tenths of medieval London was destroyed in the Great Fire of 1666, and a great deal more was demolished in the 18th and 19th centuries, a surprising number of buildings escaped the flames or demolition ball.
Saturday, 20 May
Georgian London - our dynamic city
Prof. Geoffrey Tyack describes how under the first four Georges (1714-1830) London became one of the largest and most dynamic cities in the world, its buildings still bearing witness to its wealth and prestige. Examine the architectural legacy of Georgian London: the squares and aristocratic town houses of the West End.
Saturday, 27 May
Introduction to Victorian London
Susie Barson, Senior Architectural Investigator with Historic England, will introduce the architecture of the Victorian and Edwardian period through a look at the new building types, materials, technological and social changes of the period, as well as the key architects and their ideas.
Saturday, 3 June
Architecture in London between the Wars: the meaning of Modern
In the 1930s, was Modern architecture a heroic ‘Battle of the Styles’ as some have suggested, or a reversion to national type? Alan Powers, former chairman of the Twentieth Century Society, will look at both sides of the question, illustrating some of the famous landmarks of the period in London.
Saturday, 10 June
Where, why and how? London's architecture today (and tomorrow)
Chris Rogers, architectural historian and author of books including the newly-published 'How to Read London: a crash course in London architecture', sets out some of the key factors shaping contemporary developments in the capital.
The Saturday Architecture School is run in association with the Built Environment Trust