2018 Banister Fletcher lecture
RIBA, 66 Portland Pace, W1B 1AD
Tube: Great Portland Street (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan lines), Regents Park (Bakerloo line)

Monday, 5 November, 6:30 - 8:30

Building Greater London
How can we make our city better when nobody wants new neighbours?

This year’s Annual Banister Fletcher lecture will be given by Ben Derbyshire, President of Royal Institute of British Architects.
As a global city, London is subject to market pressures beyond domestic control.  The capital now languishes at No. 48 in the ranking of liveable cities worldwide.  The recently adopted London Plan puts Good Growth and Green Growth at the top of the Mayor’s agenda for sustaining the quality of life in a ‘City for all Londoners’. 

Amidst scepticism that the Mayor’s target of 65,000 new homes can be achieved in numerical terms, Ben will discuss how this can best be delivered based on his long experience practicing  Architecture and Urban Design in London, including his ideas for Supurbia (how do we densify the suburbs?), Air-rights, Estate Regeneration and Superdensity developments.

The lecture precedes the publication of the latest edition of Sir Banister Fletcher's Global History of Architecture and is being published by Bloomsbury. It’s been entirely rewritten throughout by over 100 leading international architectural historians and will be published for the for the first time in full colour with 2,200 illustrations. It’s a landmark new edition of the classic work – Banister Fletcher’s History of Architecture on the Comparative Method. The new edition reflects the very latest scholarship and brings a thoroughly contemporary understanding to over 6,000 years of global architectural history. Information will be available on the latest edition of this seminal primer for all those with an interest in Architecture.  

Romford Garden Suburb
Gidea Park Station, Romford, RM2 6DA, 25 may attend.
Tube: Gidea Park Station, Romford, RM2 6DA

Saturday, 27 October, 10:30 - 13:00
25 may attend

Nigel Pitt
 leads this guided walk through the heritage garden suburb of Gidea Park, originally known as Romford Garden Suburb.  In 1910 an  architects’ competition / exhibition was held at Gidea Park. 121 eminent architects of the day designed and built 159 houses and there is consequently a wide variety of designs.  A further competition took place in 1934 and there are also some good examples of ‘Moderne’ housing.  

Click through to find out more on Romford Garden Suburb and Modernism in Metro-land.

How We Work: Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands
Island Studios, 22 St Peter’s Square, W6 9NW
Tube: Stamford Brook (District line)

Monday, 29 October, 6:30 - 8:30
35 may attend

How We Work is a 'behind the scenes' series of informal evenings with a key principal from one of the capital's leading architectural studios.  The evening will look at the studio’s history, current and future projects.  

Join Director, Alex Lifschutz and the Society for this intimate evening as we discover the past, present and future of one of London’s most successful architectural studios.

Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands was established in 1986, and has grown steadily over 25 years to 90 staff based out of studios in London. The practice’s work focuses on ways of bringing buildings and spaces together to become civilised and successful environments.  The studio has gained an international reputation for quality in a wide variety of sectors – from residential to workplace, urban design and masterplanning, interior design, retail and restaurants as well as education and community buildings. Central to the practice’s work is the ‘long life loose fit’ ethos, which considers the life of buildings beyond the immediate future.

Affordable Housing and the planning system: From Margret Thatcher to James Murray
Allies and Morrison, 85 Southwark Street, SE1 0HX
Tube: London Bridge (Jubilee and Northern lines), Southwark (Jubilee line)

Thursday, 1 November, 6:30 - 8:30

Section 106’ is an agreement between developers and planning authorities that the developer will fund something in the public good as a result of being given planning permission. This might be new public space, local improvements, highways or affordable housing. Colin Wilson (LB Southwark), Alex Lifschutz (Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands) and Simon Harding Roots (Grosvenor) discuss its effectiveness as a way of delivering affordable housing, but also how it slow downs the delivery of housing more generally.

Are private developers incentivized to deliver affordable housing, does its imposition drive up the cost of private for sale housing and drive down build and design quality of housing more generally? Could you design a system for the delivery of affordable housing that was any less transparent and as difficult for any one to follow and what is the consequent reputational damage inflicted on local authorities and developers alike?

Where does S106 affordable sit within a wider context such as Right to Buy, local authority borrowing caps, home ownership, Housing Associations using a taxpayer-owned asset base to drive up the land market, while the Green Belt remains largely brown.

Behind the Scenes: The Southbank Centre
337-338 Belvedere Rd, SE1 8XX
Tube: Waterloo (Bakerloo, Jubilee, and Northern lines, National Rail)

This event is now SOLD OUT!
Please add your name to the waitlist and you will be contacted should a space become available.

Tuesday, 13 November, 5:30 - 7:00

15 may attend

Richard Battye, project architect from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios leads this very special Members Only tour of the recently completed works at Southbank Centre, that have transformed and modernised the Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery for generations to come. 

Southbank Centre, with its origins in the 1951 Festival of Britain, is one of the great democratic and imaginative buildings of the last century and holds a unique place in the London arts scene. This restoration and redesign was primarily a conservation project to replace building services, improve environmental performance, upgrade infrastructure to support an ever-widening artistic programme, and improve disabled access for audiences and artists. This foundation of renewal and upgrading of the existing buildings has given them a new lease of life and a low maintenance future.

The works also reinterpret the Hayward Gallery's iconic pyramid roof with a solution that allows controlled natural light back into the galleries, described by Henry Moore in the context of the new galleries as “God’s daylight”. Achieving this successful daylight was raised as “a matter of the utmost importance” by the Arts Council to the GLC in 1966 while the buildings were under construction and continues to be at the heart of the project.

Photo © Morley Von Sternberg

Developers and the City
St Paul's tube station, EC1
Tube: St Paul's (Central line)

Saturday, 17 November, 11:00 - 1:00
25 may attend

Join City of London Guide and former property development partner at City law firm Nabarro (now part of CMS), Colin Davey, on a walking tour of some key development sites in the City of London. The buildings are architecturally important, but just as interesting are the human stories behind them. And when it comes to names, although those of architects are best known, the developers are characters in their own right. As an additional feature of the walk, Colin will give the lawyer’s perspective on how development schemes are made to work.

Photo © Emma Lynch

Smithfield Market; past, present & future
Studio Egret West, 3 Brewhouse Yard, EC1V 4JQ
Tube: Farringdon (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan lines)

Thursday, 22 November, 6:30 - 8:30

Originally a ‘smooth field’ outside the City walls, a livestock market was established at Smithfield soon after the Norman Conquest.

As London’s population expanded, so did the market, until its size and central location became intolerable. The removal of the livestock market coincided with the advent of the railways and the construction of a new dead meat market at Smithfield, which has survived, through many ups and downs to the present day. Its future, however, is once again uncertain as the City Corporation looks to move the meat market, together with the New Billingsgate and New Spitalfields markets to an as-yet undisclosed new peripheral location.

Alec Forshaw, who has been involved in the planning and shaping of Smithfield for over 40 years and is the author of the definitive book on the area, concludes the Society's look at 'London the Market' as he reveals the intriguing story of one of the city's most iconic markets.

32 Cleveland St, W1T 4JY
Tube: Goodge Street (Northern line), Warren Street (Northern, Victoria lines)

Monday, 26 November, 6:30 - 8:30
35 may attend

How We Work is a 'behind the scenes' series of informal evenings with a key principal from one of the capital's leading architectural studios.  The evening will look at the studio’s history, current and future projects.  

Join Make Architects’ founding director Ken Shuttleworth, and Make partners for this intimate evening as we discover the past, present and future of one of London’s most successful architectural studios.

Make is a different kind of architecture practice. Founded by Ken Shuttleworth in 2004, they’re an employee-owned firm pursuing a democratic design process that values everyone’s input. Today they have more than 150 people in London, Hong Kong and Sydney providing architecture, interior and urban design services from concept to completion. Since opening our doors, they’ve delivered over 70 built schemes.

So what else sets them apart?
Make have never had a house style, instead they explore the unique potential of every brief. They have an outstanding track record for receiving planning permissions, with over 100 since they opened. They constantly innovate and embrace emerging technologies like VR. 

London Wall Place | Photo © Make Architects