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RIBA Book Club

RIBA Book Club is a chance to hear from some of your favourite architectural authors. The bar at 66 Portland Place allows for intimate discussion and further understanding of some of our most popular books.

November: Architecture as Fiction 

RIBA First Floor Gallery | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom
Friday, 29 November 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT) Tickets

This session of RIBA Book Club will explore the meeting point between fiction and architecture. It features two novelists in conversation with RIBAJ Editor Hugh Pearman, Shiromi Pinto and Will Wiles, who both seek inspiration from architecture and architectural culture.

Shiromi Pinto’s latest book Plastic Emotions is inspired by the life of Sri Lankan modernist architect Minnette de Silva and her affair with Le Corbusier.

Will Wiles is an architecture and design writer, and a RIBAJ columnist. He is the author of three acclaimed novels, Care of Wooden Floors, The Way Inn and Plume, that all draw on acute architectural and wry personal observation.

As an attendee of this event you will be able to purchase:

  • Shiromi Pinto, Plastic Emotions, Influx Press
    £7.99
  • Will Wiles, Plume, 4th Estate
    £13.99

Our past talks:

January: Revisiting Postmodernism
RIBA Bar | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom
Friday, 25 January 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

For the launch, we brought together two of the leading proponents of Postmodernism, Sir Terry Farrell and Adam Nathaniel Furman: the co-authors of 'Revisiting Postmodernism'.

February: Learning from Carlo Scarpa

RIBA Bar | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom
Friday, 22 February 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

The second instalment of the RIBA Book Club introduced Edinburgh based, award-winning architect Richard Murphy, discussing his book 'Carlo Scarpa and Castelvecchio Revisited'.

March: Cook's Camden

RIBA Bar | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom
Friday, 29 March 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

The third instalment of the RIBA Book Club introduced Mark Swenarton, Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of Liverpool and author of 'Cooks’ Camden: Making of Modern Housing'.

April: Happy by Design
RIBA Bar | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom
Friday, 26 April 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

The spring season of the RIBA Book Club brings you an interview with Ben Channon, author of 'Happy by Design: A Guide to Architecture and Mental Wellbeing', Associate at Assael Architecture and Founder and Chair of The Architects’ Mental Wellbeing Forum.

May: How and who should we be designing housing for?

RIBA Bar | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom
Friday, 24 May 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

Two leading architects, thought leaders and authors, Paul Karakusevic and Julia Park, asked how and who we should be designing housing for.

June: Sir Peter Cook

RIBA Bar | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom
Friday, 28 June 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

Influential architect, educator, writer and speaker Sir Peter Cook joined us at the RIBA Book Club to discuss his love of books and ideas.

October: Migrating Bauhaus – the design diaspora

RIBA First Floor Gallery | 66 Portland Place | W1B 1AD London | United Kingdom
Friday, 18 October 2019 from 13:00 to 14:00 (GMT)

This Bauhaus themed edition of the RIBA Book Club focused on the effect of the displacement of individuals representing the Bauhaus and their ideas.

Renowned architectural historian Alan Powers described the journey taken by ‘Bauhaus’ protagonists from Germany to Britain and America during the 1930s and their influence.

Valeria Carullo, RIBA Curator of Photographs and co-curator of Beyond Bauhaus talked about the specific experience that artist and photographer Moholy-Nagy had living in Britain in the mid-1930s.

Alexandra Road, Tim Crocker

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