Real Architecture, 2005 – 2007

Curated on behalf of The Architecture Foundation, London

Herzog & de Meuron, Olympic Stadium Beijing © The Architect

Real Architecture was a lecture series exploring architectural creativity in-depth through its format of one project, one interviewer and an audience of up to 800 per event. Twice a year, staged in landmark London venues, the series attracted the world’s foremost architects and gave the public a rare opportunity to hear about internationally renowned projects first hand.

Spring 2008

Venue: Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, Southbank


01 April 2008

New Islington, Birmingham UK
Speakers: Nick Johnson from Urban Splash, Will Alsop from AMC Alsop, Julian de Metz, dMFK &
Deborah Saunt from DSDHA, contributing architects
Chair: Piers Gough, Principal, CZWG

AMC Alsop, The Chips Building, New Islington © The Architect


08 April 2008

Beijing Olympic Stadium, CN
Speaker: Jacques Herzog, Principal, Herzog & de Meuron
Chair: Rowan Moore, Director, The Architecture Foundation

Herzog & de Meuron, Olympic Stadium Beijing © The Architect


15 April 2008

The New York Times Building USA
Speaker: Renzo Piano, Principal, Renzo Piano Building Workshop
Chair: Jonathan Glancey, Architecture Critic, The Guardian

RPBW, The New York Times Building © The Architect


29 April 2008

John Lewis Department Store and Cinemplex, Leicester
Speaker: Farshid Moussavi, Foreign Office Architects
Chair: Brett Steele, Director, Architectural Association

Foreign Office Architects, John Lewis and Cineplex, Leicester © The Architect

Autumn 2007

Venue: Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, Southbank


17 October 2007

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum NL
Speaker: Michiel Riedijk, Principal, Neutelings Reidijk Architecten
Chair: Alex de Rijke, Principal, de Rijke Marsh Morgan Architects

Neutelings Reidijk Architecten, Institute for Sound and Vision, Hilversum © The Architect


30 October 2007

La Rioja Technology Centre, Logroño SP
Speaker: Farshid Moussavi, Principal, Foreign Office Architects
Chair: Rowan Moore, Director, The Architecture Foundation

Foreign Office Architects, La Rioja Technology Centre, Logroño © The Architect


13 November 2007

Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver USA
Speaker: David Adjaye, Principal, Adjaye/Associates
Chair: Dr Andrea Phillips, Director of Curating Architecture, Department of Visual Arts, Goldsmiths College

Adjaye/Associates, Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver © The Architect


22 November 2007

Novartis Visiting Centre, Basel CH
Speaker: Peter Märkli, Principal, Märkli Architects
Chair: Adam Caruso, Principal,  Caruso St John Architects

Märkli Architects, Novartis Visiting Centre, Basel © The Architect

Spring 2007

Venue: Union Chapel, Islington


19 April 2007

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston USA
Speaker: Liz Diller, Principal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Chair: Vicky Richardson, Editor, Blueprint Magazine

Diller Scofidio + Renfro, ICA, Boston © The Architect


02 May 2007

Southern Cross Station, Melbourne AUS
Speakers: Sir Nicholas Grimshaw, Director and Mark Middleton, Lead Architect, Grimshaw Architects
Chair: Tom Dyckhoff, Architecture Editor, The Times

Grimshaw Architects, Southern Cross Station, Melbourne © The Architect


22 May 2007

Wembley Stadium, London
Speakers: Lord Foster, Chairman and Mouzhan Majidi, Lead Architect, Foster+Partners
Chair: Rowan Moore, Director, The Architecture Foundation

Foster+Partners, Wembley Stadium, London © The Architect


29 May 2007

Management Sciences University, Bordeaux
Speaker: Anne Location, Principal, Lacaton+Vassal
Chair: Kieran Long, Editor, Icon Magazine

Lacaton+Vassal: Management Sciences University, Bordeaux © The Architect

Autumn 2006

Venue: Centrepoint, Central London


22 November 2006

Park Hill, Sheffield GB
Speakers: Christoph Egret, Principal, Studio Egret West and Roger Hawkins, Principal, Hawkins\Brown

Hawkins\Brown & Egret West, Parkhill © The Architects



29 November 2006

Eco City, Dongtan CN
Speaker: Alejandro Gutierrez, Lead Architect, Arup

Arup, Eco City, Dongtan © The Architect



07 December 2006

Parkrand, Amsterdam NL 
Speaker: Jacob van Rijs, Principal, MVRDV

MVRDV, Parkrand Building © The Architect



13 December 2006

West Tower, Guangzhou CN
Speaker: Chris Wilkinson, Principal, Wilkinson Eyre Architects

Wilkinson Eyre, Guangzhou West Tower © The Architect

Spring 2006

Venue: Starr Auditorium, Tate Modern, Southbank


18 April 2006

Neues Museum, Berlin DE
Speakers: David Chipperfield, Principal, David Chipperfield Architects
Chair: Paul Finch, Editor, The Architectural Review

David Chipperfield Architects, Neues Museum, Berlin © The Architect



03 May 2006

Woermann Tower, Las Palmas ES 
Speaker: Juan Herreros, Principal, Abalos & Herreros
Chair: Vicky Richardson, Editor, Blueprint Magazine

Abalos Herreros, Woermann Tower, Las Palmas © The Architect



09 May 2006

Sint Lucas Art Academy, Boxtel NL 
Speaker: Sean Griffiths, Fashion Architecture Taste
Chair: Piers Gough, Principal, CZWG Architects

FAT, St Lucas Art Academy, Boxtel © The Architect



15 May 2006

Psychiatric Hospital, Helsingor DK
Speaker: Julien de Smedt, PLOT
Chair: Marcus Fairs, Editor, Icon Magazine

PLOT, Psychiatric Hospital DK © The Architect


Previous speakers in the series:

Rem Koolhaas from Office for Metropolitan Architecture on CCTV Tower, Beijing CN
Jean Nouvel from Atelier Jean Nouvel on Torre Agbar, Barcelona AL
Zaha Hadid from Zaha Hadid Architects on Phaeno Science Centre, Wolfsburg DE


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Real Architecture lecture series, Tate Modern, London © The Architecture Foundation