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The successful architect?

22 June 18:30 - 20:00
Venue: Royal Academy of Arts, Benjamin West Lecture Theatre
Burlington House

What makes an architect successful? Hear from our panel as they discuss how success is shaped in architectural practice and the cultural mechanisms that support it today.


How do you measure success in architecture? Is commercial success evidence of architectural achievement, are fame and visibility a measure of success, or can it be judged by the number of awards a practice has won?


Traditionally success in architecture has been judged through built work, but the parameters for measuring success are drastically changing. Today architects operate in a very competitive sector where inequality of opportunities is a key issue among graduates, ethnic minority architects and women-led practices.


In recent years, the mechanisms for fostering, communicating and promoting architectural culture have widely expanded and transformed. Digital tools like Instagram, Twitter and Facebook have taken over and opened up the means for architectural practitioners to communicate their ideas and mission statements. But how is success in the media translated into building commissions and thus into economic success? What does success look like in architecture today and how has it evolved over time?


Join our panel of experts from the media, cultural institutions and architectural practice to examine the challenges that successful architects have to overcome and how contemporary cultural mechanisms operate to shape that success.


Admission is on a first-come-first-served basis for those with tickets. We would recommend arriving at least 15 minutes before the start time to avoid disappointment.


The Successful Artist? programme is proudly supported by Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of the new RA Collections programme.