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

July 2018
Tom Guy
Architecture LGBT+

Saturday 7 July sees Pride in London taking over the capital. In 2016 we started a new Architecture LGBT+ network launching with a pre-parade breakfast and a short Q&A hosted by the BBC’s Evan Davis. Homophobia within the construction industry is rife; only 73% of Architects are out at work, and 39% have heard homophobic or transphobic slurs in the workplace in the last year, according to AJ’s annual LGBT survey. Architecture LGBT+ provides a social network as well as informed discussions and debate.


The first event on my list for July is the pre-parade breakfast which we are again hosting at the RIBA. Aside from the Bucks Fizz, we are holding a short open discussion chaired by Danna Walker from Built By Us discussing intersectionality, those that face oppression from multiple angles, e.g being Black and Gay. The event is being supported by our sponsors Jamie Fobert Architects, Fosters + Partners and Stanton Williams.


The highlight of the month for me will follow straight on from the Breakfast as we will leave the RIBA and enter the Pride in London parade. Along with the London Festival of Architecture, we ran an open competition to design the very first float for Architecture LGBT+. Hawkins\Brown Architects won the competition with an £8,000 budget and the float build is currently underway supported by Sir Robert McAlpine. 40,000 people will take part in the parade which is watched by 1 million people – and we are proud that for the first time architects will be represented in the parade with our float under the banner ‘Space for all’.


Continuing the rainbow theme, Scale Rule Next Generation Design Pavilion is an excellent little pavilion with a colorful mix of layers representing past, present and future to create a kaleidoscope oculus. The project brings together GCSE students from across London with industry professionals and gives them an insight in to the design world.


One of the great things that the London Festival of Architecture does is run competitions which give exposure to emerging practices. The Dulwich Pavilion was won by IF_DO architects in 2017 and gave the practice a massive platform. The shortlist for the 2019 pavilion is being displayed at the Dulwich Picture Gallery during July and is a must on my list to visit. 


Looking ahead to the start of August, I will be attending ’The Real Lea Valley - From Industry to Art’. Having recently relocated our Guy Piper Architects offices to Hackney Wick, we are in this hub of regeneration. The walking tour goes beyond the Olympic Park looking at the waterways, industrial areas and the natural open spaces of the area.


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