Architectural competitions may be regarded as an opportunity or a burden. There are numerous architectural practices that have gained significant attention for their submissions and winnings in highly publicized competitions, but the reality is that architectural competitions are expensive and do not guarantee reward. And yet, they are an opportunity to engage in a critical dialogue about the projects at hand, and may be approached with more creative and imaginative risk than when working directly with a client, which is probably why they are so popular and numerous. They are also an opportunity to bring the public into conversations about architecture in the public forum. These are just some of the considerations that The Architecture Foundation hopes to tackle in its new series, “And the Winner is…?“.
Throughout 2013, The Architecture Foundation will be hosting a three-series of critical and polemic explorations into the culture of architecture awards, competitions and festivals. The first in the series, “Competitive Advantages” will be a discussion considering the nature of architecture competitions and their advantages and disadvantages as they pertain to the clients and the public, established architectural firms and emerging practices.
The topics covered in the forum on Friday, March 8th will address the following:
- Are competitions a key method for a client to source diverse architectural ideas and solutions (and for architects to develop their craft), or a burden for overworked and underpaid practices, offering no clear promise of reward?
- Are competitions a waste of money? Do open competitions invite clients to steal ideas?
- Can competitions be run to the benefit of every stakeholder, in the name of ensuring architectural quality and encouraging clients to take positive risks, or is the process fundamentally unethical, and an agent of the glossy domination of architectural style over substance?
The panel will include diverse international players in competitions including the organizers, the architects and the clients. The panel includes Dr. Nina Berre, Director of Architecture, National Museum, Oslo, Norway; Richard Brindley, Executive Director, Professional Services, RIBA; Silvia Forlati, Founding Member at Wonderland, Principal at SHARE architects; Moira Gemmill, Director of Projects, Design and Estate, Victoria & Albert Museum; Malcolm Reading, Founder and Chairman at Malcolm Reading Consultants; Didier Rebois, Secretary General of Europan; and Jeremy Till, Head of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
The discussion with be chaired by Paul Finch, Programme Director of the World Architecture Festival, Deputy Chairman of the UK Design Council, Chairman of Design Council Cabe (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment), and editorial director of the Architectural Review and Architects’ Journal.
The next events in the series will include: Awards: What are they Good For? and Urban Exhibitionism? The event will be held at the Platform Theatre in Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London, Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA. For information on registration, scheduling and tickets, click here.
Title: And the Winner Is… Competitive Advantages?
Organizers: The Architecture Foundation
From: Fri, 08 Mar 2013 09:30
Until: Fri, 08 Mar 2013 13:00
Venue: Platform Theatre
Address: Granary Building, 1 Granary Square