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

March 2017
Max Farrell

With so much of architectural interest in this busy city, the big draw for me in March is the Futures Found exhibition at The Royal Academy of Arts, looking at ‘the real and imagined cityscapes of post-war Britain’. Always interesting from an architectural and planning perspective to investigate the difference between initial vision and the built reality! 


The New London Neighbourhood Tour of the City on 11 March looks set to be a great event, looking at the ever-changing nature of this dynamic urban setting. From 08 March, the RIBA also turn their attention to the Square Mile with an exhibition comparing the design methods of Mies van der Rohe and James Stirling. Again, always interesting to look at envisioned vs. realised schemes. At Farrells, we had our own scheme commissioned by SAVE to provide a more contextual alternative to the Mies scheme for Mansion House. We found this poster in the archives which shows the two very different approaches of modern vs postmodern planning, a debate which is much less polarised today (and in many ways postmodern planning is the norm now).


Over at the Barbican, there are, as ever, many points of interest on the March agenda. Thursday 23 March marks the start of exhibition ‘The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945’ whilst lectures by the Swiss architect Peter Märkli and Ryue Nishizawa, the youngest architect to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize, look set to be great events on 10 March and 26 March respectively.


It’s definitely time to visit the Victoria Miro Gallery to see Passage/s’ by Do Ho Suh. He creates 1:1 scale translucent fabric structures of the architecture of the places in which he has lived and worked around the world - fascinating work! Open until 18 March, there can be queues at busier times but it is definitely worth the wait!


On the 14 March, LSE Cities is hosting Vienna: An Open City in Divisive Times which looks set to be an interesting debate into how an Urban Development plan can maintain the cosmopolitan nature of a city and its attractiveness to a diverse set of people, companies and investors – all pertinent questions for London in the post-Brexit referendum climate.




March 2017
Max Farrell
February 2017
Ian Dejardin
Sackler Director
Dulwich Picture Gallery
January 2017
Martyn Evans
Deputy Chair
London Festival of Architecture


December 2016
Anne Mullins
Curator Arts and Culture
Nine Elms Vauxhall Partnership
November 2016
Deyan Sudjic
Director, The Design Museum
October 2016
Stella Ioannou
Co-Director Sculpture in the City
Director Lacuna Projects
September 2016
Helen Marriage
Director, Artichoke
August 2016
Joe Watson
London Creative Director, The National Trust
July 2016
Eddie Blake
Senior Architect, Sam Jacob Studio
June 2016
Tamsie Thomson
Director, London Festival of Architecture
April 2016
Patrick Michell
Partner, Platform 5 Architects LLP
March 2016
Jude Kelly
Artistic Director, Southbank Centre
February 2016
Benjamin O’Connor
Director, The City Centre
January 2016
Mark Cox
Programme Co-Ordinator, New London Architecture


December 2015
Richard Coutts
Co-Founder and Director, Baca Architects
November 2015
Kevin Zuchowski-Morrison
Chief Executive Officer, RISE Gallery
October 2015
Nick Hartwright
Director, The Mill Co Project
September 2015
Julia Peyton-Jones
Director, Serpentine Galleries
August 2015
Kate Goodwin
Head of Architecture and Heinz Curator, Royal Academy of Arts
July 2015
Anna Winston
June 2015
Harry Parr
Partner of Bompas & Parr
May 2015
Sarah Gaventa
Curator, Never Mind The Bollards
Founder of Made Public and Director of Archiboo
April 2015
Alastair Donald
Architecture Design Fashion, British Council
March 2015
Lucie Murray
Editor, London Architecture Diary
Programme Coordinator, New London Architecture
February 2015
Patricia Brown
Chair, London Festival of Architecture
Director, Central
January 2015
Elias Redstone
Editor in Chief, London Architecture Diary


November 2014
Matt Quinn
Director, Pipers Design
October 2014
Chris Foges
Editor, Architecture Today
September 2014
Rory Hyde
Curator of Contemporary Architecture and Urbanism
April 2014
Eleonora Usseglio Prinsi
UK Editor,
March 2014
Zofia Trafas
Exhibitions and Publications Coordinator, The Architecture Foundation
February 2014
Jean-Francois Goyette
Editor, Phaidon Atlas
January 2014
Tom Keeley
Director, Learning From Kilburn and Range Editions


December 2013
Ellie Stathaki
Architecture Editor, Wallpaper*
November 2013
Stephanie Macdonald
Director, 6a Architects
October 2013
Elias Redstone
Editor in Chief, London Architecture Diary
September 2013
Nina Due
Head of Exhibitions, Design Museum
August 2013
Evonne Mackenzie
Senior Design Adviser, British Council Architecture, Design and Fashion team
July 2013
Will Hunter
Founder, Alternative Routes for Architecture (ARFA)
Deputy Editor, The Architectural Review
June 2013
Elias Redstone
Editor in Chief, London Architecture Diary
May 2013
Shumi Bose
Assistant Editor at Blueprint Magazine
April 2013
Gabrielle Omar
Architect and founder 'Tea with an Architect'
March 2013
Owen Hopkins
Architecture Programme Manager at the Royal Academy of Arts
February 2013
Darryl Chen
Co-founder, Tomorrow's Thoughts Today;
Urbanist, HawkinsBrown