Freelance designers sign up to Architecture Week

Freelance designers and architects are being called to take part in the tenth anniversary of Architecture Week – the annual celebration of historical and contemporary architecture in the UK.

Already on its second leg, the industry bonanza aims to explore the nation’s built environment through arts and culture with the help of 500 events across the UK.

Headline attractions include open-air bus tours of London with an architectural expert, talks by artists, architects and psychoanalysts, and a massive selection of inspiring exhibitions.

Nationwide sessions are also be laid on by experts inviting practitioners to join the debate on how architecture interacts with design, science and portraiture.

The nine day extravaganza, which started on Friday, includes the opportunity to commission an architect to redesign your home – an ideal opportunity for freelancers working from home, as the RIBA explained.

“Would you like to transform your home without the hassle of moving? Perhaps you need an extra room for a growing family, or have decided to work from home and need office space?,” the Association asks.

“With RIBA Architect in the house, you can discuss design improvements to your home with an architect at the top of their profession.”

Other of the Week's highlights include superior networking opportunities, such as the chance to drop in to Habitat’s newly designed store on Regent’s Street to ask architects to solve your design dilemmas.

The drop-in session, from 1300 on Sunday June 25, coincides with an open-top bus tour of Modernist buildings to be led by experts who will be happy to answer questions and navigate the capital’s urban attractions.

Meanwhile for designers who prefer to get closer to their subjects, The National Trust is offering six walkabout tours of London’s historical and contemporary buildings, with a view to discussing their creators and the nearby social history.

Also on the ground will be award winning architect Jim Eyre and Richard Wilford, who will lead a tour of Kew’s world famous alpine collection, housed in the only public glasshouse constructed at Kew in the last 20 years.

The next London-based event is tonight’s debate on ‘how the spaces we inhabit make us feel’ - to be discussed by distinguished panellists Steve Pile, Faye Carey, Sharon Kivland and Lorens Holm.

The architectural designer, historian and author Jane Rendell will chair the debate, which is expected to address hot topics including whether ‘the spatial qualities of art and architecture influence the ways in which live.’

The session is being held at London’s Freud Museum. Full details of this event and all others across the UK can be viewed at the Architecture Week website.


20th June 2006

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