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2 Oct 2017

October-December at the Architecture Centre

Autumn 2017 Events at Architecture Centre in Bristol

Bristol Family Arts Festival events

Get hands on and creative with the Architecture Centre at free drop-in workshops, every Saturday of the month, across the city.

Fun Palace
Hillfields Library: Saturday 7 October, 13:00-16:00, Free
Join the Architecture Centre and the Children’s Scrapstore for a creative pop-up Fun Palace event. Celebrate Bristol’s year as European Capital of Sport 2017 by making models, large and small, inspired by the themes of sporting structures, engineering and identity.

Creative Identity
Junction 3 Library: Saturday 14 October, 13:00-16:00, Free
Explore the theme of identity through model making, drawing and animation with the Architecture Centre, Children’s Scrapstore and Watershed.

Heart your street
Architecture Centre: Saturday 21 October, 13:00-16:00, Free
Bring your street alive at this creative workshop for all ages. Artist Scott Farlow invites you to share your stories, memories and experiences of life where you live and add them to the meeting points.. exhibition.

Festival Finale
Arnolfini: Saturday 28 October, 12:00-16:00, Free
Bringing the festival to a fabulous finish, the finale will be a cacophony of creativity in the Arnolfini Auditorium. Expect making, building, music and film!

Gallery Exhibitions and Pop-Up Shop

Meeting Points: Life on your Street
Exhibition: 14 October to 22 October, Free
Have you met the neighbours? For one week only, explore the creative connections that took place when researchers and artist Scott Farlow invited residents on two streets in Easton and Southville to document the important things about where they live.

Made in Bristol: HOME
Pop-up Shop: 22 October to 28 December, Free
Made in Bristol are coming HOME to our gallery with a new seasonal shop celebrating the places we live and the creative objects and artworks that make our abodes unique. Come meet a maker, buy something beautiful and directly support the local creative economy.

Upcoming Talks & Events

Is Our Landscape Killing Us?
Architecture Centre: 11 October, 18:30, Free
Creating better, healthier urban spaces. Hear a range of speakers from different disciplines converge and discuss the challenges, benefits and importance of creating landscapes that encourage people to engage in healthy lifestyles. Part of Healthy City Week.

Ask an Architect
Saturday surgeries: 14 October and 11 November, 12:00 –16:30, £15 donation
Offering impartial one-to-one design advice with a local architect from a Chartered Practice – don’t miss the last two sessions of the year. In partnership with RIBA South West.

How do we create Child-Friendly Cities?
Watershed: Friday 20 October, 14:30, Free
What is a child-friendly city? Hear from leading designers and thinkers who put children at the heart of city placemaking and join BCFC partners for discussion and debate. Part of the Festival of the Future City.

West Country Modern
Arnolfini: Wed 1 November, 18:30, £7/£5
Love it or hate it, modernism in architecture resonates through theory and practice. Hear how it is being reinterpreted at a range of scales, from civic buildings to house extensions, with speakers Juliet Bidgood (Ciam6: Cities Re-imagined), Sandra Coppin (Coppin Dockray) and Geoff Rich (Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios).

Children’s Participation in City Spaces
City Hall: Thursday 9 November, 14:00-16:00, Free
What prevents children playing in city spaces and how do we best capture their views? Following BCFC’s collaboration with local primary schools, hear the issues that young people say affect their play. Part of the Thinking Futures Festival.

The Right to Great Design
Architecture Centre: Wed 8 November, 18:00, Free
Design is everywhere and has a profound effect on our quality of life. So why aren’t the places we live, work and play in better for everyone? Join this round table conversation, where we challenge the impact and responsibilities of design in making better places for us all. In partnership with The Glass-House Community Led Design.

Campus of Ideas
Arnolfini: Wed 29 November, 18:30, £7/£5
Yasmin Al Ani-Spence shares the inspiration and innovation behind the Dyson Campus and other award -winning projects. In partnership with the Bristol & Bath branch of the RIBA. Supported by Ibstock Brick.

Materiality with Eckersley O’Callaghan
Arnolfini: Wed 6 December, 18:30, £7/£5
Talk examining the innovative and wide-ranging work of award-winning engineers including the extraordinary ‘Skypool’ and landmark Apple stores across the world.

25 Jun 2017

Bristol Doors Open Day 2017

Bristol Doors Open Day 2017 at Architecture Centre


Bristol Doors Open Days 2017
Festival: Thursday 7 – Sunday 10 Sept, Free
The Architecture Centre brings the biggest, broadest and boldest ever festival of Bristol’s built environment to you this September. Expect four days of dawn to dusk activity, with over a hundred opportunities to see Bristol’s buildings from above, below and within. Join special walks and talks to experience extraordinary spaces in new ways.


Murdered with Straight Lines: Drawings by Garth England
Exhibition: 31 May – 10 Sept, Free
Bristol buildings captured from a milkman’s memory, Murdered with Straight Lines exhibits for the first time the remarkable drawings of Garth England, on loan from Bristol Archives.

Game on! How Sport pushed Engineering to its Limits
Exhibition: 31 September to 19 November, Free
Celebrating Bristol’s year as European City of Sport, Game On! showcases the best of contemporary engineering in sporting structures.


A Talk with Nils Norman
Talk: Wednesday 5 July, 18:30-20:00, £7/£5
Working across public art, architecture and urban planning, Nils’ projects challenge notions of public art and the efficacy of mainstream urban planning and large-scale regeneration. Hear him discuss his Future Perfect public art commission in Hengrove amid his wider practice.

When We Lived in Modern Times
Talk at Arnolfini: Wednesday 12 July, 18:30-20:00, £7/£5
Inspired by Garth England’s experience of postwar housing development, Bristol City Council’s Historic Environment Officer, Pete Insole and John Grindrod, author of Concretopia & Outskirts, will give their take on the good, the bad and the ugly of twentieth century housing.

Saturday exhibition tours: 22 July, 12 August, 9 September, 14:00, Free
Drop-in for an informal 30 minute exhibition tour by the Centre’s exhibition curator and hear how the show was put together, along with insights into Garth’s drawings.

Walking Garths Streets
Walk: Wednesday 9 August, 18:00, £7/£5
Join Pete Insole, Bristol City Council’s Historic Environment Officer, as he explores Garth England’s neighbourhood around Wells Road and Broadwalk, sharing stories about the area via the buildings Garth drew.

Future Perfect
Talk: Wednesday 30 August, 18:30, £7/£5
The discovery of Garth England’s incredible drawings occurred during the Future Perfect commission in Hengrove. The project’s curator Theresa Bergne and engagement manager Jo Plimmer discuss the public art commissions and how they engaged local people, including Garth England.

Ask an Architect
Saturday surgeries: 15 July, 2 September, 12:00 –16:30, £15 donation
A chance to discuss your architectural plans, dreams and schemes. Book your 30 minute session and get one-to-one impartial advice from a local architect from a Chartered Practice. In partnership with RIBA South West.

Balloon Debate: Saving Bristol’s Buildings
Debate: Wednesday 6 September, 18:30, £7/£5
Hear quick-witted and ardent speakers champion their favourite structure to persuade you, the judges, which of Bristol’s buildings should be saved and which left to fall. This light-hearted ding-dong of a debate will raise the pressure to launch our festival to new heights.

Family Events

Drawing on Memories
31 May to 10 September, Free
During the Murdered with Straight Lines exhibition, the Architecture Centre’s gallery hosts a self-led drawing activity encouraging visitors to explore their own recollections of people and place.

Playday Take Over
Wednesday 2 August, 13:00-16:00, Free
To celebrate national Playday 2017, we’re inviting families to playfully interact with the drawings of Garth England inside and outside our building through drawing, chalking and cardboard constructions.

22 Sep 2016

Architecture Centre Bristol New Chair of Trustees

New Chair of Trustees at Architecture Centre in Bristol

Address: 16 Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA
Phone: 0117 922 1540

The Architecture Centre announces new chair of trustees and celebrates its 20th anniversary

22 September 2016 – After twenty years at the heart of Bristol’s Architecture Centre, Chair of Trustees David Mellor passes the mantle to Nick Childs of Childs + Sulzmann Architects on 4 October. One of the original founders of the Centre, David will step down after two decades of championing better buildings and ‘raising the design game’ at the first purpose-built architecture centre in the country.

Nick Childs architect:
Nick Childs architect

The Architecture Centre was set up in 1996 with the objective of promoting a greater understanding and enjoyment of architecture and of the benefits of a better built environment. David says: ‘Over 20 years we have raised the level of debate and increased public engagement in issues concerning the built environment in pursuit of our aims to promote better buildings and places for all. This year we celebrate what has been achieved and consider how best to continue to press for the good architecture and place making this city and region should aspire to. I am very pleased that we are still thriving after two decades, and I am confident the good work will continue.’

Architecture Centre Bristol harbourside:
Architecture Centre Bristol harbourside
photo © Architecture Centre

As David steps down as Chair it is fitting that the Architecture Centre’s anniversary programme looks back at twenty years of change in Bristol, and looks forward to the challenges ahead in shaping better buildings and places for everyone. The Centre’s newly opened exhibition, Place, Time + Architecture, has been accompanied by a month-long programme of events including a symposium, talks, artist commission and a birthday party finale, in the form of a three-day Weekender (23-25 September). The celebrations are part of the Bristol800 festival marking significant anniversaries in the city.

David Mellor:
David Mellor

The Architecture Centre is delighted to announce that Nick Childs has been selected as the new Chair following an open recruitment process. Nick Childs is an architect who has lived and worked in Bristol for 35 years. He trained at the University of Bath and set up Childs + Sulzmann architects in 1994. In parallel to running a successful practice Nick has played an active role in organisations promoting better buildings and places in the region, such as the Bristol Urban Design Forum, Harbourside Design Forum and Bristol Society of Architects.

Nick Childs guiding an Architecture Centre city walk:
Nick Childs architect

Nick says: ‘I have been a huge supporter of the Architecture Centre since its inception and am delighted to be asked to chair the Board of Trustees as the Centre celebrates this landmark anniversary.’ Explaining his approach, Nick adds: ‘I have a very strong belief that physical space affects people’s lives – it affects our individual behaviour and how a community functions as a whole. I am keenly interested in the conversations the Architecture Centre generates in considering the whole urban space, and I absolutely endorse the Centre’s commitment to inclusivity, equality and learning, and the critical importance for dialogue amongst all city stakeholders. And as a follower of contemporary art I am impressed by the Architecture Centre’s collaborative and inter-disciplinary approach to architecture, art, design and all creative and cultural art forms. It sits in a very exciting space.’

Nick Childs:
Nick Childs architect

David Mellor echoes Nick’s sentiments on partnership when considering how the Centre has continued to succeed over twenty years. David notes: ‘Our success is of course due to our people – great staff and engaged trustees now and over those years. We have been fortunate to have had great supporters of our work, from members and partners to funders. Were it not for instance for the support of Arts Council England, English Heritage and Bristol City Council at the very beginning, we wouldn’t have a home on the Harbourside. It has been the partnerships and collaborations that have ensured the Centre’s longevity.’

Weekender family activity at the Architecture Centre:
Architecture Centre Bristol weekender
photo © Architecture Centre

With the appointment of the new Chair, the Architecture Centre is looking forward to the next two decades and beyond. As Christine Davis, Centre Manager, says:
‘The Architecture Centre was a trailblazer when it set up in 1996 as the first purpose-built architecture centre in the country. Since then it has continued to be at the leading edge of championing design excellence. David Mellor has been a driving force and inspiration throughout the Centre’s history, and it is in no small part due to his vision and determination that we are celebrating 20 successful years. As a team we are thrilled to welcome Nick Childs as our new Chair and eager to work with him in continuing our conversations with professionals and public alike on what makes a great city.’

Nick Childs biography

Nick Childs is an architect who has lived and worked in Bristol for 35 years. Trained at the University of Bath under Ted Happold and Peter Smithson, he set up Childs + Sulzmann Architects in 1994 ( In parallel to running a successful practice Nick has consistently contributed to organisations in the City that promote better buildings and places for people. He chaired the Harbourside Design Forum for eight years, established the Bristol Urban Design Forum in 2008 and has been a member of the South West Design Review Panel since its inception. Nick was president of the Bristol Society of Architects in 2002 and a member of the National Council of the RIBA in 2002 – 2006. He was a teaching fellow at the University of Bath for ten years, took a Masters Degree in Urban Design from UWE in 2012, and is a member of the Academy of Urbanism.

David Mellor biography

A graduate of Cambridge University, David worked in London before moving in 1979 to Bristol based architects, Alec French ( He is founding Chair of the Architecture Centre Bristol, Vice President of the West of England Initiative, a Board member of Bristol Green Capital Partnership and a visiting critic at the University of Bath. Alec French Architects is a long established Bristol based practice. David’s work there has included several winners of RIBA and Civic Trust awards and recent Bristol projects include Aardman’s Headquarters, the Visitor Centre for Clifton Suspension Bridge, and the proposed new museum Being Brunel for the ss Great Britain trustees.

About the Architecture Centre’s anniversary programme
In 2016 the Architecture Centre has been marking its 20th birthday with a year-long programme celebrating People and Places. The programme reaches its peak this September with a month of architecture and design events in Bristol. Bookended by the Centre’s retrospective exhibition in early September and the Bristol800 Weekender at the end of the month, the month has programmed walks, talks, a symposium, family workshops, students design sessions and more, all with the aim of involving everyone in the conversation of Bristol’s built environment design.

12 Sep 2016

Bristol Doors Open Day 2016

Bristol Doors Open Day 2016 at Architecture Centre

Location: Bristol, south west England

Bristol Doors Open Day 2016, a key festival in Bristol’s cultural calendar, raises the game in collaborative exchange

12th of September 2016 – This weekend at Bristol Doors Open Day 2016, doors were flung open and people poured in to explore places not usually open to the public. With more venues than ever opening over the whole weekend, festival numbers hit an all-time high.

Our Colour at The Pithay was created by artist Liz West and Bristol Biennial Festival of Art and Ideas:
Our Colour Bristol Doors Open Day 2016 Weekend

2016 saw a marked shift in the ‘opening hours’ of the festival, which since 2014 has been produced by the Architecture Centre. For the first time ever, the festival ran not just for Saturday but from Thursday through Sunday. Venues were open late with evening tours programmed and new areas in the city included. The purpose of the extended festival hours was to showcase all the many interesting places of the city and to see them in different ways, from familiar favourites to re-discovering forgotten places.

DOD2016 Arup Bristol:
DOD2016 Arup Bristol

Arup Bristol Doors Open Day 2016 Weekend

Dr Anna Farthing, who coordinated Bristol Doors Open Day 2016, says,

‘I am delighted with the response to the 2016 programme. We have proven that there is a vast and diverse audience eager to explore familiar buildings in new ways. On Saturday alone, nearly four thousand people experienced our collaboration at The Pithay which quite literally enabled visitors to see an office building in a new light. I look forward to reviewing visitor feedback with all of our venues, volunteers and partners and to building on this raft of public enthusiasm as we shape the programme for 2017.’

BBC Bristol Doors Open Day 2016 Weekend:
BBC Bristol Doors Open Day 2016 Weekend

BBC Bristol Doors Open Day 2016 Weekend

BBC Bristol Doors Open Day 2016 Weekend

Bristol Doors Open Day collaborated with 81 venues to produce special activities over the weekend. Arup Bristol invited attendees to consider virtual space design when opening their tree canopied atrium on Friday evening. Wapping Wharf partnered with architects Alec French to deliver their walking tours of the newly developed Harbourside area. While churches across the city united in bell-ringing cacophony in partnership with Heritage Open Days that gave young and old the chance to to try the ropes.

Clifton Rocks Railway:
Clifton Rocks Railway Bristol Doors Open Day 2016 Weekend

Colston Hall:
Colston Hall Bristol Doors Open Day 2016 Weekend

Bristol Doors Open Day opened a citywide conversation about buildings in Bristol. With bigger attendance numbers than ever before, the collaborative spirit is set to continue at this annual architectural celebration.

Find out more:
Facebook: BristolDoorsOpenDay
Twitter: @BristolDOD #BristolDOD

Photos © Jon Craig

About Bristol Doors Open Day 2016
Bristol Doors Open Day was established in 1994, and in 2015 saw approx 48,000 visits to 71 venues. In 2013, the Architecture Centre took over coordinating the event. Bristol Doors Open Day 2016 is part of the Architecture Centre’s ‘Opening Doors to Heritage’ project, funded by Historic England and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

St John on the Wall:
St John on the Wall Bristol Doors Open Day 2016 Weekend

About Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF):
Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.

St Stephens Church:
St Stephens Church Bristol Doors Open Day 2016 Weekend

About Historic England
Historic England is the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. Historic England champions historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.

St Stephens Church:
St Stephens Church Bristol Doors Open Day 2016 Weekend

Bristol Doors Open Day 2016 Supporters

• Burges Salmon
• Smith & Williamson
• Triodos bank
• Wapping Wharf

• Alec French Architects
• Bristol Civic Society
• Business West
• First West of England
• Jelf Group
• University of Bristol
• John Perkins Construction
• Rise Consulting Engineers

Further information:

St Stephens Church:
St Stephens Church Bristol Doors Open Day 2016 Weekend

About Heritage Open Days
Heritage Open Days is the country’s largest heritage festival with around 5,000 events, over 40,000 volunteers and more than three million visitors taking part. Celebrating local history, architecture and culture, the four-day event offers everyone the chance to see hidden places and experience something new – all of which are completely free to explore.

28 Jul 2016

Architecture Centre Bristol Month of Architecture in 2016

Architecture Centre launch month of architecture

Location: Bristol, south west England

The Architecture Centre celebrates 20th anniversary with a month long celebration of architecture and design this September

Images © Architecture Centre

Architecture Centre Bristol gallery:
Architecture Centre Bristol gallery

28th of July 2016 – This year the Architecture Centre has been marking its 20th birthday with a year-long programme celebrating People and Places. The programme reaches its peak this September with a month of architecture and design events in Bristol. Bookended by the Centre’s retrospective exhibition in early September and the Bristol800 Weekender at the end of the month, the annual highlight of Bristol Doors Open Day is sandwiched in the middle.

Architecture Centre gallery:
Architecture Centre Bristol gallery

For twenty years the Architecture Centre has aimed to inspire, inform and involve people to help shape great places. The anniversary events will bring alive what has always been and will always be at the core of the Architecture Centre’s existence – a curious mind and a passion for great architecture and design. ‘The Architecture Centre has done a brilliant job developing creative and artistic engagement with architecture over the last 20 years. It is an organisation that consistently challenges itself to innovate, excel and take artistic risks, combining a passion for design excellence with a great track record for bringing people and places together’ says Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England.

Architecture Centre talk:
Architecture Centre talk
photo © Frances Gard

Subs outside Architecture Centre space:
Subs outside Architecture Centre space

Bristol aerial view:
Bristol aerial view
photo ©

Public spaces – SS Great Britain, Bristol:
SS Great Britain, Bristol
photo © Andrew Grant

Architecture Centre Harbourside:
Architecture Centre Harbourside

Architecture Centre Bristol talk by Heatherwick Studio:
Architecture Centre Bristol talk
photo © Hufton + Crow

Architecture Centre Bristol talk
photo © Iwan Baan

Architecture Centre:
Architecture Centre Bristol gallery

Architecture Centre Bristol Month of Architecture Programme Highlights

Programme Highlights

Place, Time + Architecture: 20 years of people and places – Exhibition
9 September – 13 November
A retrospective exhibition presenting a review of Bristol architecture and design over the last 20 years. Taking stock and looking ahead it considers what the future might be for one of the city’s most contested spaces – Castle Park. Read more

Place, Time + Architecture – Symposium
23 September
Delving further into the retrospective exhibition, the symposium discusses the future state of place-making in the city with a keynote presentation by Ivan Harbour of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and a panel of distinguished panel speakers chaired by Peter Murray, Chair of New London Architecture. Read more

The Weekender
24 – 24 September
On Saturday visitors can dive headfirst into architecture and enjoy a range of free activities from guided walks to advice sessions, from live illustration to exhibition tours at the Centre’s Harbourside home.
On Sunday join the Architecture Centre’s big birthday party as they transform Narrow Quay into a village green with family friendly activities, a fun palace by the Shape My City young people, an architectural cake competition and lots of creations and interventions by UWE’s Masters of Architecture students, as well as the culmination of Sounding City by Jennie Savage. Read more

Bristol Doors Open Day – Festival
10 – 11 September
Two days, more venues, bigger than ever, Bristol Doors Open Day reveals the largest programme to date for 2016. Over 80 venues old and new will be throwing open their doors, offering free activities and behind-the-scenes access. Read more

Sounding City – Artist commission by Jennie Savage
Responding to local Bristolian conversations and anecdotes, Jennie Savage’s Sounding City interprets people and place through music. The conversations made into songs will be performed by local bands at the birthday Weekender event. Read more

Heatherwick Studio: Making spaces – Talk
Andrew McMullan, Project Leader at Heatherwick Studio, shares stories about key projects including the iconic Olympic Cauldron and the award winning UK Pavilion for the Shanghai Expo.

David Mellor, Chair of the board of trustees and key founder of the Architecture Centre in 1996 recounts during the breakfast launch ‘Over 20 years we have raised the level of debate and increased public engagement in issues concerning the built environment in pursuit of our aims to promote better buildings and places for all. This year we celebrate what has been achieved and consider how best to continue to press for the good architecture and place making this city and region should aspire to. I am confident the good work will continue.’

Architecture Centre Bristol 2016
photo © Architecture Centre

20th Anniversary Programme Supporters
Our 20th anniversary partners include Arup, Landscape Institute with LT Studio, and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust with the University of Bristol.

Programme sponsors include City & Country, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Ferguson Mann Architects, Max Fordham, Stride Treglown and Wilkinson Eyre, with ongoing support from Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, RIBA and University of the West of England. Lunch is generously provided by Sapa Group / Technical.

The symposium is supported by Bristol800 and is part of the Architecture Centre’s Opening Doors to Heritage project, supported by Historic England and the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Bristol800 is a programme throughout 2016 marking significant anniversaries in the city and what they mean for Bristol now and into the future. Bristol800 is an initiative of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (Arts Council England, Bristol City Council and Business West).

1960s Narrow Quay with derelict Architecture Centre space:
Architecture Centre Bristol Narrow Quay

Architecture Centre Bristol

The Centre’s free exhibition gallery is open
Wednesday to Friday 11 am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday 12 – 5pm
(Closed Monday and Tuesday)

Centre address:
The Architecture Centre, Narrow Quay, Bristol BS1 4QA.
Tel: 0117 922 1540.
Twitter: ArchCentre
Facebook: ArchitectureCentre

13 + 12 Apr 2016

Architecture Centre Bristol Events in 2016

20 Years of The RIBA Stirling Prize – Architecture Centre Exhibition

20 Years of The RIBA Stirling Prize:

Bristol celebrates two decades of award-winning UK architecture PLUS the Architecture Centre’s twentieth birthday

Exhibition: 29 April to 21 August
The Architecture Centre, Bristol

Burntwood School by AHMM winner of 2015 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building:
Burntwood School
photograph : Timothy Soar

1996 saw the birth of two important architectural institutions: The RIBA Stirling Prize and the Architecture Centre, Bristol. This summer, the two come together in a look back at two decades of architecture in an exhibition of models, photographs, films and drawings. From High-Tech to Futurism, Modernism to Po-Mo, discover the buildings and projects that have influenced British architectural debate from 1996 to 2015.

Peckham Library Media Centre London
photo : Paul Cochrane

The exhibition will not only feature all 20 winning schemes, but will also kick start the Architecture Centre’s 20th anniversary programme, People and Places, by introducing five core themes that it believes are critical to its mission to champion better buildings and places for people. Through this the exhibition will not only celebrate the best buildings by British architects, but will dig deeper and ask visitors to consider how well these buildings respond to the cities and communities they serve and to share what they think makes great places.

Burntwood School
photograph : Timothy Soar

Everyman Theatre Howarth Tompkins
photo : Philip Vile

Burntwood School Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
photo : Paul Cochrane

Exhibition sponsor Almacantar agrees. Says Kathrin Hersel, Development Director:
‘We are delighted to sponsor this exhibition and the Architecture Centre’s 20th anniversary programme. Both projects celebrate the incredible talent within UK architecture and emphasise the importance of taking a holistic approach when designing a building. The RIBA Stirling Prize winners are an inspiration for future schemes to us all, and show how architecture continues to evolve and challenge perception. To be able to see all 20 winners in one exhibition is something not to be missed!’

Astley Castle Witherford Watson Mann
photo : Hélène Binet

Building model at RIBA
photo : Paul Cochrane

By focussing on the most recent winner – Burntwood School – which takes pride of place in the gallery, the exhibition will present how that project responds to the five key themes of Landscape, Settlement, Identity, Efficiency and Change, in order to demonstrate as clearly as possible why the judges described it as such a clear winner.

2009 Maggies Centre London
photo : Richard Bryant

Madrid Airport New Terminal Area building
photo : Manuel Renau

Millennium Bridge in Gateshead
photo : Graeme Peacock

Millennium Bridge Gateshead
photo : Paul Cochrane

The judges, who included local architect and previous Stirling Prize Peter Clegg, stated that, ‘Burntwood School is the most accomplished of the six shortlisted buildings because it demonstrates the full range of the skills that architects can offer to society. It encompasses great contemporary design and clever reuse of existing buildings as well as superb integration of artwork, landscaping and engineering. It is a genuine collaborative project. There was a wonderful working relationship between the head teacher and the architect: a true partnership of equals.’

Peckham Library
photo : Janet Hall

Media Centre Lords
photo : Richard Booth

American Air Museum
photo : Nigel Young

The Architecture Centre will then invite visitors to consider all 20 projects on these terms, be that by choosing their own overall winner to display in the gallery window, by playing a Top Trumps style game of People and Places score cards, or through a range of hands on gallery based family activities, such as Eat My House: an afternoon of making and eating edible architecture, inspired by the models and buildings of the 20 Stirling Prize winners.

Burntwood School Burntwood School
photographs : Timothy Soar

Says Rob Gregory, the Architecture Centre’s Programme Manager:
‘This adapted and expanded exhibition, originally shown in the RIBA last autumn, allows us to galvanise our mission to promote better buildings and places for all. The Stirling Prize, as a professional process of peer review, legitimately focuses on key buildings. We love good buildings too, but also believe that architecture is as much about people and places as it is about buildings. This is why we are using this exhibition to launch our 20th anniversary programme, People and Places.’

Centenary Building Salford
photo : Dennis Gilbert

The exhibition and gallery based activities will be supported by a range of off-site events and activities, including, the RIBA Stirling Prize Lecture by AHMM founder and architect of Burntwood School, Paul Monaghan on Wednesday 6 July, and What makes a winner? Thoughts on RIBA Award winning buildings, a talk by Chair of the 2016 RIBA Awards jury for the South West and former Stirling Prize winner Keith Brownlie of Brownlie, Ernst & Marks (BEaM) on Wednesday 29 June.

Madrid Airport New Terminal Area building interior
photo : Manuel Renau

RIBA Stirling Prize

Burntwood School

20 Years of The RIBA Stirling Prize at The Architecture Centre

Exhibition information

20 Years of The RIBA Stirling Prize
Exhibition: 29 April to 21 August 2016

About Burntwood School

Burntwood School, a large comprehensive girls’ school in Wandsworth, London by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) won the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize 2015 for the UK’s best new building.

About People and Places

The Architecture Centre, Bristol, opened in September 1996 as the first purpose-built architecture centre in the country. Over the past two decades its programme has inspired and involved hundreds of thousands of people in shaping better places – in Bristol and beyond.

‘The Architecture Centre Bristol was one of the first architecture centres in the UK. Since its inception it has been deeply engaged with all those who influence our built environment to seek better buildings and places.’
Richard Rogers, Architecture Centre patron.

People and Places is the theme for the Centre’s 20th anniversary programme of talks, exhibitions, walks and family events, culminating in a Weekender on 23-25 September, part of the Bristol800 Festival. 20 Years of The RIBA Stirling Prize is on show at the Centre over the summer as part of the Architecture Centre’s birthday celebrations, offering a national perspective on these important decades and bringing together architecture’s most talented designers in an exhibition of models, photographs films and drawings.

About The RIBA Stirling Prize

The RIBA Stirling Prize is the UK’s most prestigious architecture prize. Every year it is presented to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture in the past year. Since its inception in 1996, the prize is presented to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to the evolution of architecture over the past year. The prize – named after James Stirling, the great British architect who died in 1992 – aimed to decide the winner in an unbiased way, with different juries visiting the ‘midlist’ and shortlist.

Winners of The RIBA Stirling Prize include:
Music School, Stuttgart by James Stirling, Michael Wilford & Associates (1997), American Air Museum, Duxford by Foster + Partners (1998), Natwest Media Centre, Lord’s, London by Future Systems (1999), Magna, Rotherdam by Wilkinson Eyre Architects (2001), Millennium Bridge, Gateshead by Wilkinson Eyre Architects (2002), Laban, London by Herzog & De Meuron (2003), The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh by Embt/RMJM (2005), Maggie’s London by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (2009), MAXXI, Rome by Zaha Hadid Architects (2010), Everyman Theatre, Liverpool by Haworth Tompkins (2014)

About exhibition sponsors Almacantar

Almacantar is a property investment and development group. It specialises in large-scale, complex investments in Central London, with the potential to create long-term value through development, repositioning or active asset management.

Almacantar launched in 2010 and owns over 1.5 million sq. ft. of prime assets in the heart of London including, Centre Point, Marble Arch Place, CAA House, One and Two Southbank Place and 125 Shaftesbury Avenue.

Almacantar’s vision is to motivate, inspire and excite all those involved with its delivery of world-class projects for a world-class city.

Architecture Centre Listings 2016

Architecture Centre Listings: February – April 2016

9 February 2016

Events take place at the Architecture Centre unless otherwise stated (opening times/location information in notes to editors)


City Ideas Studio: Transport

Exhibition: 3 February – 10 April
The fifth and final City Ideas Studio residency focuses on Transport and asks: How can we improve public transport, promote active travel and make better use of our streets? With studio partner the West of England Initiative, the exhibition uses the recently published Good Transport Plan for Bristol as a framework for exploring key issues, with projects including those by Sustrans, Playing Out, Let’s Walk Bedminster, North Bristol SusCom and UWE.

Walking-to-school (relates to both Transport exhibition and the Child Friendly City Initiative)
photo © Playing Out

Bristol Child Friendly City

Exhibition: until 10 April
Child Friendly Cities champion the role and voice of children in the city through the themes of public space, independence and play, culture and creativity, and children’s voice and democracy. In early 2015, the Architecture Centre, Playing Out, Room 13 Hareclive and the University of Bristol developed the Bristol Child Friendly City Network. Here, see the work of adults and children who collaborated to develop a child friendly vision for Bristol.


City Transport

Talk: Wednesday 24 February, 18:00, FREE
Booking through Eventbrite
This season’s City Ideas Studio keynote talk is introduced by James Durie of the West of England Initiative and features Anne O’Driscoll, Director of North Bristol SusCom, and Jon Usher, West of England Programme Manager, Sustrans. Speakers will look at Bristol and the region in relation to transport, active travel and how we use our streets.

RIBA House of the Year 2015: Flint House, Buckinghamshire by Skene Catling de la Peña
Flint House, Buckinghamshire
photo © James Morris

RIBA House of the Year Lecture: Skene Catling de la Peña

Talk at Arnolfini: Wednesday 23 March, 18:30, £6/£4. Booking through Arnolfini: 0117 917 2300
As the first lecture in the Architecture Centre’s 20th anniversary programme, People and Places, Charlotte Skene Catling considers the foundations of architecture and place-making.
Partnership event with the Bristol and Bath branch of the RIBA. Sponsored by Ibstock Brick

Super Streets

Family event: Saturday 2 April, 13:00-16:00, FREE
From hopscotch to street parades and pocket parks to scooter routes, come along to this creative afternoon with Playing Out, to help us design and make fun, friendly, future streets.

Urban Wanderings: Something Old, Something New

Wednesday 27 April, 18:00, £6/£4 (plus £1 booking fee), booking online via
Something Old, Something New goes off the beaten track to find some of Bristol’s earliest buildings as well as more contemporary examples. Taking in Christmas Steps, Colston Hall foyer, Orchard Street, and the warehouses set back from the Central promenade, this walk focuses on building use, both intended and reinvented.

Ask an Architect: Monthly Saturday Surgeries

Bookable 30 minute slots between 12.00 and 16.30, 12 March, 9 April
£10 voluntary donation to the Architecture Centre. Booking in advance required: 0117 922 1540
A chance to discuss your architectural plans, dreams and schemes and get impartial advice from a local RIBA registered architect.
This is a partnership event with RIBA South West.

The Architecture Centre

About the Architecture Centre:
The Architecture Centre is Bristol’s centre for design and the built environment. Based on Bristol’s Harbourside, the Centre’s mission is to encourage the understanding and enjoyment of architecture, and to champion better buildings and places for everyone. Through exhibitions, events, learning and outreach activities the Centre inspires, informs and involves people with architecture and the wider built environment.

The Architecture Centre is supported using public funding by Arts Council England, and has an ongoing partnership with the University of the West of England, Bristol.

The Centre’s free exhibition gallery is open
Wednesday to Friday 11 am – 5pm
Saturday – Sunday 12 – 5pm
(Closed Monday and Tuesday)

Centre address:
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Tel: 0117 922 1540.
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Architecture Centre Bristol Events

Location: Bristol, south west England

Wilkinson Eyre – Lubetkin Prize winners – to launch Bristol lecture series

9 Oct 2013

Sky high: Wilkinson Eyre, winners of the 2013 RIBA Lubetkin prize, come to Bristol to launch High Rise lecture series

27 September 2013 – Winners of the 2013 RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the second year running – Wilkinson Eyre – who were announced last night at the annual Stirling Awards, will speak in Bristol in October as part of a lecture series (programmed by the Architecture Centre and UWE) held at Arnolfini.

Guangzou East Tower, China by Wilkinson Eyre:
Guangzhou International Finance Center
photo © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Describing the Lubetkin Prize shortlist, RIBA Past President Angela Brady said: “These cutting-edge schemes show the leading role that architects play in delivering visionary new thinking about urban issues, and illustrate why UK creative talent has such recognition around the world.”

The RIBA Lubetkin Prize for the best new international building is named in honour of the Georgia-born architect, who worked in Paris before coming to London in the 1930s to establish the influential Tecton Group.

Wilkinson Eyre’s founding director, Chris Wilkinson OBE, will launch a short series of lectures entitled ‘High-rise and Other Stories’ on 9 October, in which two of Britain’s most accomplished architects present their work, including two radically different approaches to high-rise design. ‘High-rise and Other Stories’ runs alongside the Autumn exhibition at the Architecture Centre: High-rise by Peter Bobby (9 October to 17 November).

Wilkinson Eyre is the multiple award winning practice (twice winning the Stirling Prize for UK projects and now a second Lubetkin Prize for international projects) responsible for projects such as Explore@Bristol, Bristol Metropolitan and Brunel Academies and the Dyson Headquarters at Malmesbury.

Wilkinson Eyre’s 2013 Lubetkin Prize winning project is Cooled Conservatories, Gardens by the Bay, Singapore. The Gardens by the Bay are an outstanding example of sustainability in action: two contrasting glasshouses that cover more than two hectares (making them the biggest climate-controlled greenhouses in the world) and a helical walk that winds in and out of a series of exhibitions about climate change. Both biomes comprise a superstructure of radial steel ribs paired with a steel gridshell forming the substructure. Low-energy glass lets in 64% of the light but admits only 38% of the corresponding solar gain.

Chris will also discuss the 2012 Lubetkin prize winning 105-storey Guangzhou East Tower in China. Wilkinson Eyre’s design for Guangzhou’s new East Tower was submitted as part of a competitive land tender to the city of Guangzhou. The proposals included a 475m tower with 105 storeys of accommodation. The tower will contain 285,000sqm of accommodation, predominately office space with restaurant and public sightseeing levels located at the top of the building. Located in Zhujiang New Town, the East Tower sits adjacent to Wilkinson Eyre’s International Finance Centre (currently under construction) but retains its own distinctive character and identity.

The lecture is kindly sponsored by Capita Property and Infrastructure and curated by the Architecture Centre in partnership with the University of the West of England.

The second lecture features Graham Stirk, senior director of the world renowned practice Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (architects of the Centre Pompidou – with Renzo Piano, the Welsh Assembly in Cardiff and current expansion of the British Museum). On Wednesday 16 October, Graham Stirk will present recent work, including the 50-storey Leadenhall Building currently on site in the City of London.

Both lectures take place at Arnolfini, beginning at 18.30 and tickets cost £6/£4.
Book through Arnolfini: 0117 917 2300

Architecture Centre March Events

13 + 20 + 27 Mar 2013

Designing for Legacy

South Park Marshgate Wharf, London:
South Park Marshgate Wharf
image : London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC)

A series of three talks: 13, 20, 27 March, 18.30, £6/£4 each Booking essential: 0117 922 1540 Don’t miss this fascinating trio of talks hosted by the Architecture Centre to discover the lessons learnt from the delivery and legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games. As the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership continues to develop plans for the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, these talks focus on the design of urban landscapes, flexible and sustainable venues and creative and viable temporary uses. Linked to the Architecture Centre’s current Olympic legacy themed exhibition, After the Party, the presentations and discussions consider the future sustainability of Olympic developments and their urban impact.

I: Urban Landscapes
13 Mar
Stephen Witherford presents architects Witherford Watson Mann’s visionary work on the Lower Lea Valley, one of the most exciting and challenging urban regeneration opportunities in Britain. As host to the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Lower Lea Valley contains some of London’s most distinctive and vivid landscapes. The Olympic and Legacy development have removed major tracts of polluted land, providing a major portion of the overall infrastructure for the regenerated valley, as well as delivering ground-breaking new sporting facilities, housing and commercial space.

II: Venues
20 Mar
Nick Reynolds, senior principal/director of Populous, presents the practice’s work on the World’s most environmentally friendly Olympic stadium for London 2012. Populous embraced the opportunity to develop the architectural language of venue design to achieve a balance between the immediate needs of the large Games stadium against a long term, small scale venue.

III: Meanwhile Use
27 Mar
Shankari Raj Edgar, from Bristol based CODA Architects, presents research on the future of temporary developments in our cities, commissioned by the London Legacy Development Corporation. Alongside other design and strategy projects, she brought together Common Capital, Cardiff University and Pop Up Bristol to collaborate on a research project for The London Legacy Development Corporation, investigating how to successfully deliver Meanwhile Use Spaces in the current economic climate.

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Exhibition : The Changing Face of British Architecture

3 Oct – 16 Dec 2012

Who makes places? What do architects do? This exhibition brings 45 leading architects and engineers face to face with non-architect pioneers to present frank and insightful opinions on the Changing Face of British Architecture. Exhibition features striking specially commissioned portraits by Timothy Soar and Frances Gard, and exclusive interviews with practitioners including Sunand Prasad, Sarah Wigglesworth, Ken Shuttleworth and Eva Jiricna. Combined with a written commentary by Isabel Allen, the interviews and portraits combine to create a dynamic mixed-media experience.

The Changing Face of British Architecture Winter Lecture Series

The Architecture Centre continues its season of exhibits and events that fly the nation’s architectural flag, revealing new expressions of British architecture as built and as practised. This lecture series relates to the current Architecture Centre exhibition, ‘The Changing Face of British Architecture’. It is an opportunity to hear leading practitioners in the built environment discuss their award-winning work.
All lectures at Arnolfini
Booking essential through Arnolfini: 0117 917 2300
Special Offer: Book all four lectures for the price of three (payment must be made in one transaction).

Sean Griffiths, FAT
Lecture at Arnolfini: 21 Nov, 18.00, £6/£4
Co-founder of FAT {fashion architecture taste}, Sean Griffiths is the owner occupier of the practice’s seminal project, Blue House in East London, and is the current Louis I Kahn Visiting Professor of Architecture at Yale University.

Alison Brooks, Alison Brooks Architects
Lecture at Arnolfini: 28 Nov, 18.00, £6/£4
Alison is founder of the first British practice to receive all three of the country’s most prestigious awards, winning the Stephen Laurence Prize, the Manser Medal and the Stirling Prize.
Alison Brooks

Simon Allford, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Lecture at Arnolfini: 5 Dec, 18.00, £6/£4
As the A in AHMM, Simon is one of four co-founders of AHMM and the director in charge of the Angel Building, Saatchi Gallery and Yellow Building. With over 20 years in practice, AHMM have offices in London, Bristol and Oklahoma.
Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects

Sheila O’Donnell, O’Donnell + Tuomey
Lecture at Arnolfini: 12 Dec, 18.00, £6/£4
Sheila is co-founder of the Dublin based practice, O’Donnell + Tuomey, architects for the Stirling Prize shortlisted buildings including the recently completed Lyric Theatre in Belfast.
O’Donnell + Tuomey

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The Architecture Centre champions better buildings and places for people. By demonstrating the value of good design we aim to increase public awareness and enjoyment of the built environment, and stimulate the demand for design excellence.

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Design: 51N4E

Design for a new Bristol icon, a layered stack of exclusive amenities comprising a public park, a spa, an art gallery and high end housing on the quays.

Client: Katleen Vermeir & Ronny Heiremans

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House of Fraser store, Cabot Circus
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Bristol General Hospital site redevelopment
Architects: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
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Bristol Metropolitan College
Design: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
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Bristol City Stadium

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UWE Bower Ashton Campus Redevelopment
Design: Austin-Smith:Lord, Architects
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UWE Bower Ashton Campus Buildings in Bristol – 20 May 2016

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