The annual London Festival of Architecture (LFA) – a month-long, citywide celebration of architectural experimentation, thinking and practice – will take place at venues across the capital throughout June 2015. LFA will address the theme ‘Work in Progress’ and feature a programme of events organised by London’s leading cultural and academic institutions including the Design Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Institute of British Architects, Serpentine Galleries and Victoria & Albert Museum.
LFA is a time for speculation, public debate and new ideas. An open call for architects, artists, designers and curators to participate in the festival and respond to the 2015 theme will be announced in February 2015.
Alongside a programme of exhibitions, installations, talks and debates, film screenings, family activities, architecture evenings, walking tours and cycle rides, LFA provides unprecedented access to architects across London – through the RIBA London’s programme of Open Studios – and the next generation of architectural talent as all the major London architecture schools present their student shows.
In 2015, LFA will feature an expanded international programme focused on the British Council’s International Architecture Showcase and the Serpentine’s 15th annual summer pavilion designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano.
Delivered centrally by The Architecture Foundation, British Council, New London Architecture, and RIBA London, under Chair Patricia Brown, LFA highlights the key role that architecture plays in urban, cultural and social development, and its recognition as an instrumental force at national and international level. The festival will also be working again with the Mayor of London in 2015.
Reflecting on the London Festival of Architecture in 2014, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:
“I’m hugely enthusiastic about good design and year on year the London Festival of Architecture continues to surpass its previous successes. The festival makes an enormous contribution to London’s profile by promoting the talent, output and success of our architectural sector; and showcasing the innovation of London’s cultural sector through an outstanding partner programme that includes many of our leading institutions. The debate and engagement the festival creates helps shape this great city.”
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London Festival of Architecture
The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) celebrates London as a global hub of architectural experimentation, practice and debate. Taking place throughout June, the annual festival provokes questions about the contemporary and future life of the city, and promotes positive change to its public realm. The city-wide programme is delivered by leading cultural and academic institutions alongside associated projects by practices and individuals.
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LFA Initiating partners:
The Architecture Foundation
The Architecture Foundation is a non-profit agency for contemporary architecture, urbanism and culture. Involvement in the London Festival of Architecture aligns perfectly with its mission statement to help cultivate new talent and new ideas whilst stimulating engagement amongst professionals, policy makers and the broader public, and shape the quality of the built environment. www.architecturefoundation.org.uk
The British Council creates international opportunities for the UK and other countries. We are a Royal Charter charity, established as the UK’s international organisation for educational opportunities and cultural relations. As part of the global Arts team, the Architecture, Design, Fashion department develops exhibitions, seminars, workshops, collaborative projects, educational initiatives and specialists’ visits with our overseas colleagues and partners.
New London Architecture
New London Architecture (NLA) is the centre for London’s built environment and provides an independent forum for debate about the future shape of the city. As a key part of London’s architectural community, promoting better buildings and places in the capital, its participation in the festival is clear – to promote change for the better and to encourage people to enjoy the city’s architectural riches. www.newlondonarchitecture.org
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and its members. The city-wide celebration of architecture in the capital is an important and relevant part of RIBA’s activity. Participation in the festival enables RIBA to support architects and ambassadors for architecture and good design.