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International Programme at the London Festival of Architecture 2014

Thal School, Angela Deuber Architect Courtesy of Embassy of Switzerland

Courtesy of Embassy of Switzerland

Thal School, Angela Deuber Architect
GM Cantacuzino Courtesy of Romanian Cultural Insitute

Courtesy of Romanian Cultural Insitute

GM Cantacuzino
The Darwin Centre, by C.F. Møller  Courtesy of Royal Danish Embassy in London

Courtesy of Royal Danish Embassy in London

The Darwin Centre, by C.F. Møller
Royal Danish Embassy London designed by Arne Jacobsen Courtesy of Royal Danish Embassy in London

Courtesy of Royal Danish Embassy in London

Royal Danish Embassy London designed by Arne Jacobsen

3 June 2014
by Niamh Tuft

Since 2008 the British Council has coordinated the international strand of the London Festival of Architecture in partnership with London’s embassies and cultural institutes. This year embassies and their national architecture bodies have nominated the ten visiting architects taking part in our international residency programme in Poplar, East London. They have also programme events addressing the theme of émigré architecture and showcasing architects from their countries.


Contemporary Danish Architecture - Now and Then
Exhibition, 3 – 19 June 2014 (by appointment only)
The Royal Danish Embassy, 55 Sloane Street, London. SW1X 9SR.

Arne Jacobsen’s modernist embassy building in Sloane Street, itself a remarkable example of Danish architectural export, hosts an exhibition showcasing some of today’s foremost Danish architects. The exhibition shows some of the highlights of contemporary Danish architecture and gives a unique insight into the core values that Danish architecture embodies: a green, environmentally sustainable profile and an empathetic and democratic approach, in which good design and great architecture are not reserved for the elite.

Click here for full details of the accompanying events programme.

  • The Face of Architecture. Facades Matter
    Tuesday 3 June
    Breakfast talk: 8.30 – 10.30 am & Teatime Talk: 3 – 5.30 pm
    Jan Rohdemejer, HAI A/S a.o. In collaboration with RIBA.
  • Turning project managers into business managers through ICT
    A focus group with Danish company Autopilot
    Wednesday 4 June
    Lunch seminar: 11.30 – 15.00
  • Arne Jacobsen’s embassy building. The impact and legacy of Arne Jacobsen in Britain
    Wednesday 4 June
    Teatime Talk: 3 – 5.30 pm
    Architect and designer Henrik Lund-Larsen, Dr Rod Hackney, PPRIBA, PPUIA. Modernism by degrees: CF Møller and Arne Jacobsen, and Teva Hesse, CF Møller, Head of London Branch
  • Arne Jacobsen’s iconic design
    Friday 6 June
    Breakfast talk: 8.30 – 10.30 am
    Architect and designer Henrik Lund-Larsen
  • Urban Planning. How to get from vision to action
    Tuesday 10 June
    After Work Talk: 6.00 – 8.00 pm
    Helle Søholt, Gehl Architects, Founding Partner, CEO, Architect MAA and Tina Saaby, City Architect, City of Copenhagen
  • Mending Modernist Mistakes. Regeneration of Modern Social Housing
    Thursday 12 June
    After Work Talk: 6.00 – 8.00 pm
    Rune Veile, Architect and Partner, BCVA

All events are free. Please note that due to security the exhibition can only be accessed in connection with talks and seminars and through pre-book only. Please RSVP and book in advance by email to Ms Signe Langeberg Pedersen,


G M Cantacuzino: A Hybrid Modernist
Exhibition, 12 June - 29 August. Open 10:00 - 17:00.
Romanian Cultural Institute, 1 Belgrave Square, SW1X 8PH

The Romanian cosmopolitan G. M. Cantacuzino (1899-1960) is one of the least known polymaths of the 20th century. In view of that age of extremes, both his Classical attitude, which links Modernism to Tradition and aesthetics to ethics, and his intellectual integrity are remarkable. As a committed Anglophile, Cantacuzino became honorary corresponding member of the RIBA in1938, and in 1939 honorary citizen of New York, where he stayed for four months designing the Romanian Pavilion at the World´s Fair. G. M. Cantacuzino – A Hybrid Modernist is the first monographic travelling exhibition on a Romanian architect ever to be staged outside Romania. It offers a cross-section through Cantacuzino´s work: it includes a flag with a larger than life portrait and an aphorism, a wooden model of a building, original books and paintings along with a tripartite chronological display of architectural works, quotations and  photographs.

Private View 12 June, 7pm. To attend RSVP to or 0207 7520 134.


10 – 19 June, open 10:00-18:00
Bulgarian Cultural Institute, 186-188 Queen’s Gate, SW7 5HL, South Kensington, SW7 5HL

Emigre.Capital.Integre is a collective urban experience. It addresses the social and ethical context of urban life and the notions of inclusion and exclusion at the intersections of the individual and the common, public and private.

Exploring Sofia's unique urban feel, as one of the youngest EU capitals, still in transition and meanwhile exposed to the global trends and pressures of urban development. The geopolitical location and historical roots give the city a specific position which bears advantages and disadvantages, but most notably place it within a rich European context, worth of exploration.

It brings together artists, educators and architects, living and working in London and Sofia to inquire into the social and psychological phenomena, that inform our cities, with the shared belief that the creation of urban space is generated by its real users and to discuss on the possibilities of developing new and more inclusive urban planning approaches. The event interlocks a graphic narrative installation with talks, a discussion and a social event.

Opening night 11 June. For more information contact:


Young Swiss Public
25 June - 06 July
Ground floor Gallery , The Cass, Central House, E1 7PF

Organised by The Embassy of Switzerland, London

This exhibition presents the work of seven emerging architects from Switzerland as part of the International Architecture Showcase and the London Festival of Architecture. The exhibition focuses on work chosen by the architects of projects within the public realm. These projects are accompanied by a series of interviews exploring the context of these projects. 

‘Young Swiss Public’ is supported by the Swiss Embassy in The United Kingdom and curated by James Payne – senior lecturer at the Cass School of Architecture. It will be complimented by a panel discussion “Authorship” on the 28th June, an AE Foundation event, organised by director Samuel Penn.

The exhibition will be complimented by a panel discussion “Authorship” on the 28th June, an AE Foundation event.  Authorship’ promises to be a stimulating and thought provoking panel discussion with guest architects and educators from Zürich, Geneva and London: Laurent Stalder, Mario Carpo, Adrian Forty & François Charbonnet of ‘Made in Sarl’.


London Festival of Architecture runs from 1–30 June for full listings see