A focus on the workplace, and an international flavour

Tuesday 03 Feb 2015

Call for submissions to the London Festival of Architecture 2015

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is calling for participants to explore and engage with the changing landscape of London through this year’s central theme, ‘Work in Progress’. The deadline for submissions is 10 March 2015.

Selected projects will be included in the London Festival of Architecture programme, which runs from 1 to 30 June 2015, alongside events by London’s leading cultural and academic institutions. These include RIBA, the Design Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, Serpentine Galleries and the Victoria & Albert Museum.

London itself is a work in progress, and its architecture and architects both respond to, and lead, the process of change. This year’s theme ‘Work in Progress’ presents a chance to explore the changing nature of work and workspace as London’s manufacturing and artisan production experience a resurgence.

For the first time in its history, LFA2015’s programme includes a Focus Country, which this year will be Ireland, presented in partnership with Irish Design 2015 and the British Council. The first instalment of ‘New Horizon’ – a multi-platform exhibition will present the work of emerging Irish practices, selected by curators, Raymund Ryan and Nathalie Weadick.

And in response to London’s leading international role, LFA is expanding its international programme for 2015. This will centre on a number of key events, including Spanish architect, SelgasCano’s design for the Serpentine’s 15th annual pavilion. There will also be an international conference marking the 50th anniversary of the Commonwealth Association of Architects (CAA), hosted by RIBA.

Patricia Brown, Chair of the London Festival of Architecture, comments: “London exists because of its commercial roots, and work and London go hand in hand. Work – aka career - is why many of us chose, or continue, to live in London. So this year’s festival theme of ‘Work in Progress’ is a route into exploring the impact of work on our lives and city, and especially the role of its architects and architecture in informing and influencing London’s evolution.”

Further details of how to participate in LFA2015 can be found at www.londonfestivalofarchitecture.org

By Gail Taylor

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