The Royal Academy of Arts Launches Its Summer Programme

• Celebrated Irish Architects, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, to deliver the 28th Annual Architecture Lecture in July

• Celebrated Irish Architects, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, to deliver the 28th Annual Architecture Lecture in July

• Inaugural Royal Academy Architecture Awards Week to feature celebratory lecture by Architecture Prize winner Itsuko Hasegawa and live judging of the Dorfman Award

• First act of Invisible Landscapes to explore the impact of digital technology on domestic space


28th Annual Architecture Lecture: Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre
16 July 2018, 6.30 – 8pm
£25, £15 concessions. Includes talk and drinks reception.
Tickets include drinks reception and a private view of the Summer Exhibition
The Royal Academy of Arts is pleased to announce that the curators of the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale and founders of Grafton Architects, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, will deliver the 28th Annual Architecture Lecture on 16 July 2018. It will be the first chance to hear the pair speak in the UK following the opening of the Biennale and they will discuss their work in relation to the Biennale’s theme Freespace. In their own words, Freespace describes a ‘generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity, something that is at the core of architecture’s agenda, focusing on the quality of space itself’. This generosity is one of the key features of Grafton Architects’ award-winning international portfolio, explored through a spatial and visual richness and a careful and responsive attention to local environmental and cultural conditions.

Farrell and McNamara founded Dublin-based Grafton Architects in 1978 and the practice’s work includes residential, public and civic projects. In recent years they have grown their work outside of Ireland and have been particularly active in the education sector, with current projects including a school of economics in Toulouse, a masterplan for an engineering institution near Paris, a scheme for the London School of Economics and another for Kingston University. In 2013, Grafton Architects’ University of Limerick Medical School was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize, in 2008 the Universita Luigi Bocconi, School of Economics in Milan was crowned World Building of the Year, and most recently, in 2016, the practice’s new University Campus for Universidad de Ingeniería y Tecnología Lima, Peru won the inaugural RIBA International Prize.

Both Farrell and McNamara are well known for their teaching and curatorial work. They have exhibited widely and represented Ireland at the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2002, exhibiting there again in 2008, 2012 and 2016. Entitled Architecture as New Geography, the practice’s 2012 contribution showcased their plans for the UTEC campus in Lima alongside the work of Paulo Mendes de Rocha, winning them the Silver Lion Award. In 2014 they were part of the Royal Academy’s Sensing Spaces exhibition.

Dezeen is the media partner for this year’s Annual Architecture Lecture 

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre and the Life Room
2 – 6 July 2018
The RA will celebrate its inaugural Royal Academy Architecture Awards with a series of events that celebrate the relationship between art and architecture. These will include the five finalists for the Royal Academy Dorfman Award presenting in front of our esteemed jury which includes architects Louisa Hutton RA and Richard Rogers RA, Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Design Mohsen Mostafavi, BBC broadcaster Razia Iqbal, artist Conrad Shawcross RA and critic and curator Joseph Grima. The live judging will be followed by a panel discussion with academics, architects and cultural commentators examining architecture in a global context. It will conclude with the announcement of the winner of the Royal Academy Dorfman Award and the presentation of the £10,000 prize. In another event the inaugural Royal Academy Architecture Prize winner Itsuko Hasegawa will present her work and influences in a special lecture before being presented with the prize medal. Other events taking place during Awards Week include discussions and presentations by students, educators and the finalists of the Royal Academy Dorfman Award on the future of architectural education and practice, and a look at the influence of Japanese architecture around the world. The Royal Academy Architecture Awards are generously supported by the Dorfman Foundation.


Invisible Landscapes: Home (Act I)
The Architecture Studio, The Dorfman Senate Rooms
19 May – 24 September 2018
Press View: Monday 14 May 2018, 10am – 2pm
Open daily 8am – 10pm. Free access
Discover how digital technologies are impacting our homes, cities and environment in a series of interventions inside the RA’s new Architecture Studio. Invisible Landscapes will make visible the often-invisible presence of digital technologies in our lives and everyday environments. The programme will look from the home to the city to review how architecture can respond and engage with emerging contemporary issues, to suggest new ways of being, belonging and living. The opening act of Invisible Landscapes explores the impact of digital technologies on domestic spaces and how this may be altering the meaning of home. Barcelona-based architecture practice MAIO explore the current transformations in domestic architecture in response to changing social and economic structures due to smart technologies and sharing economy platforms. Their installation examines the home as not simply an isolated space but part of a wider system where the boundaries between public and private, urban and domestic spheres are blurred.

Accompanying programme of talks:
Anna Puigjaner In Conversation
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre
4 June 2018. 6.30 – 8pm
£15, £9 concessions
Anna Puigjaner discusses MAIO’s research for Invisible Landscapes, exploring how smart technologies and sharing economy platforms are transforming the home, as well as her ongoing research Kitchenless City.

DOMA In Residence
Wolfson British Academy Room and The Architecture Studio
27 June 2018. 6.30 – 9pm
£15, £9 concessions
A practical seminar led by DOMA in collaboration with Jack Self exploring how blockchain technology can support new models of home ownership to tackle the current housing crisis.

Summer Exhibition 2018
Architecture Gallery Curated by Piers Gough RA, Main Galleries 

2 June – 19 August 2018
Press view: Tuesday 5 June 2018, 10am – 1pm
£18 (without donation £16). Concessions available. Under-16s go free with a fee-paying adult. Free for Friends of the RA with no booking required.
The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2018, and to mark this momentous occasion, the exhibition will be co-ordinated by Grayson Perry RA. This year, Piers Gough RA is coordinating the architecture gallery and aims to create a room of models of all sizes and scales in a variety of mediums. The Turkishceramics Grand Award for Architecture will award £10,000 to the most outstanding work of architecture.

Accompanying programme of talks:
Summer Exhibition Architecture Room with Piers Gough RA
Main Galleries, Burlington House
29 June 2018. 7 — 7.30pm
Free with exhibition entry, no booking required
A tour to the Summer Exhibition Architecture Room with this year’s curator Piers Gough RA.

Turkishceramics Grand Prize for Architecture. Winner’s Talk
Architecture Gallery Curated by Piers Gough RA, Main Galleries
20 July 2018. 7 — 7.30pm
Free with exhibition entry, no booking required
A talk by the recipient of this year’s Turkishceramics Grand Prize for Architecture in the Summer Exhibition Architecture Room.


Opening Lecture by David Chipperfield RA
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre
21 May 2018. 6.30 – 8pm
£20, £10 concessions
To celebrate the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary and the launch of the new Royal Academy, Sir David Chipperfield RA will give the first public address in the Benjamin West Lecture Theatre.

The Big Architecture Family Day
Across Burlington Gardens
10 June 2018. 11am – 4pm
Free, no booking required
A day of architecture activities for families to explore our new premises in Burlington Gardens, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy.

Sites of Sabotage: Heritage or Vandalism?
London Festival of Architecture
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre
11 June 2018. 6.30 – 8pm
£15, £9 concessions
A panel discussion organised in partnership with Historic England on the occasion of the upcoming Suffrage Centenary and exploring the historic value of sites that have witnessed political and social protest.

Does Identity Matter? Symposium
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre
15 June 2018. 11am – 6pm
£25, £15 concessions
A day-long symposium organised in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture exploring the impact of architecture on the identity of a city, and the influence of social and spatial identities on urban change.

The successful architect?
The Big Debate
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre
22 June 2018. 6.30 – 8.00pm
Free, no booking required
A panel discussion examining how success is shaped in architecture practice and the cultural mechanisms that support it today.

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IMAGE: Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Grafton Architects, Photo: Alice Clancy