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Royal Academy Architecture Awards Week 2020

Royal Academy Architecture Awards Week 2020 Atillio Maranzano

Atillio Maranzano

28 January 2020

Come to the Royal Academy Awards Week 2020, 16-19 March, for a programme of events, talks and workshops, celebrating the Royal Academy Architecture Awards and architecture from around the globe. 

The Royal Academy Architecture Awards Week, taking place 16-19 March 2020, has been developed with the British Council as International Partner for the Awards. Join us at the RA to hear, see and explore new ideas on architecture from around the globe. The week will end with a free closing event featuring installations, film screenings, talks and music, celebrating the work of the four Royal Academy Dorfman Award finalists.


Cristina Iglesias in conversation with Norman Foster RA

Tuesday 17 March 2020
6.30 — 8.00pm

Celebrate the winner of the Royal Academy Architecture Prize and be the first to discover the winner of the Royal Academy Dorfman award in this special evening which includes a conversation on the importance of public space.

Architecture Awards Week 2020 opens with presenting Cristina Iglesias with the Royal Academy Architecture Prize. Then, you’ll discover the winner of the Royal Academy Dorfman Award who will be announced and presented with their award following the jury’s final deliberation.

Cristina Iglesias will then present a celebratory lecture, exploring her work and its connections to architecture followed by a half-hour conversation with the chair of this year’s jury, Norman Foster RA. Ranging from gallery spaces to city squares, their conversation will chart the important public aspect of Iglesias’s work. It will also look into her collaborations with architects; asking what she learnt from them and in turn what they learnt from her.

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Space and sound: a workshop with Boonserm Premthada

Wednesday 18 March 2020
2.00 — 4.00pm

Acoustics are essential to the experience of space. Join the 2019 Royal Academy Dorfman Award winner to explore the sound of spaces through the Royal Academy and beyond.

In this two-hour workshop, Boonserm Premthada will share his research gathered at sites around the world, inviting you to discover how sound reacts with space. Experience RA spaces in a different way and explore how sound shapes our responses to buildings. 

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Empowering future generations

Wednesday 18 March 2020
6.30 — 8.00pm

In this talk, the Royal Academy invites its speakers to consider how young people can be empowered to provide unique and valuable insights into their built environment.

This discussion brings together previous Royal Academy Dorfman Award finalists to focus on the challenges faced by young people who want to participate in shaping their urban environments.

Speakers will examine their respective geographical contexts and the importance of empowering young people to get involved in making decisions about buildings and cities. 

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Forming futures
Architecture awards week closing party

Thursday 19 March 2020
7.00 — 10.00pm

The Royal Academy wraps up their 2020 Architecture Awards week with this free evening of installations, film screenings, music and more by the four Royal Academy Dorfman Award finalists.

After the highs and lows of awards week, the RA gather the Royal Academy Dorfman Award finalists for an evening’s festivities celebrating some of the best architecture from around the world. They have invited the finalists to present their work for the first hour in the lecture theatre and the discussion will be chaired by our Director, Sevra Davis. 

The RA will then open the Burlington Gardens campus after hours with architects, artists, musicians, students and teachers from around the UK filling the building with activities and installations all thinking about what the future of architecture might look like.

Arrive early to claim a free drink from the poster bar and explore the building to find the spaces of the Royal Academy transformed into sites for architectural experimentation. You will have the opportunity to hear short talks by curators, designers and architects, play games, draw, build and dance. 

Book your free place here. 

Discover more about the Royal Academy Architecture Awards here