Every month architects and industry insiders share their recommendations for the best exhibitions and events to visit in London.

January 2020
Angela Dapper

The start of a new year and a new decade is exciting, but nice to take in slowly. Here is a selection of events to catch up on, reflect and find inspiration for the year ahead.


First stop is Steve McQueen’s Year 3 exhibition at the Tate Britain. Brilliant concept to take extensive class photos of a single year level in London, which looks mesmerising, and best of all my daughter and many of her friends are included, so for us this is a must see. Also, whilst at the Tate Britain, catch the William Blake exhibition and the Anne Hardy winter commission for the Millbank entrance, both which are finishing around the end of January.


Also, one to catch before it closes, is the Antony Gormley ‘In Formation’ exhibition at the White Cube Mason’s Yard, on until 18th January.


The last on the ‘catch it while you can’ list is the Moving to Mars exhibition, which is an incredible exploration of the design and the creation of a liveable environment on Mars, at the Design Museum. Whilst this is the highlight, there are some smaller exhibitions worth catching while you are there, including Priestman Goode’s Get Onboard: Reduce.Reuse.Rethink and Sound In Mind by Ruri Suzuki.


Whilst the evenings are still dark, it will be a great backdrop for the Winter Lights exhibition 16th-25th January, where international artists will transform Canary Wharf with 25 interactive light art installations.


There are some great Architectural talks on in January, including Pioneering Modernist Women by the amazing Part W. They will kickstart 2020 raising the profile of female designers in the Modernist movement, 21st January at the RIBA. 


Head to the Part W talk early so you can also see the RIBA exhibition Beyond Bauhaus – Modernism in Britain 1933-66, which opens late on Tuesdays. Also, it’s the last month of the RIBA President’s Medals 2019 Exhibition, which is always an inspiration and includes Grimshaw’s own Sun Yen Yee, who won the SOM Part 2 prize.


If hotel design is your thing, last December I was part of a panel discussion about the future of hotels, hosted by NLA. You can still download their report “London’s Hotels: expanding social spaces” to find out everything you need to know about the contribution of hotels to the city.


The last event in the month to catch, is the RIBA’s January Book Club, which will be a discussion with Carl Turner, Tomas Miller and myself, discussing inspirational books that have changed the way we practise.  It will be taking place 1pm Friday 31st January. Come along for some inspiration and motivation to help make 2020 a fabulous year.

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