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Join us for a debate following the RA Architecture Symposium, in collaboration with the London Festival of Architecture, featuring a panel who will question how architects can and should make a difference.

Please note: this is an on-site event only

From venerable institutions to small practices, the days of architecture staying silent amidst complex societal and environmental issues are over. Or are they?

Architects have always had to balance social ambitions with the needs of the market and generation of profit. But today practices are expected to stake out their position on a range of issues from climate change to mental health or be prepared to face reputational damage and loss of cultural currency.

There’s a clear generation gap, not just about appropriate subjects for debate, but the best communication channels to use – with social media offering new platforms for accountability.

For a previous generation, architecture’s renewed focus on social causes is a significant rethink of a job description that sought to effect change through design. But a new generation of practitioners want to know where their bosses stand before they publicly support a cause – or even work for a practice.

Is this collision of architecture and activism good for society? Should we be celebrating architecture’s changing set of attitudes or is this simply a misguided attempt to revive the profession’s dwindling reputation with the public?

Speakers: Charlie Edmonds, Amy Francis-Smith, Dr. Penny Lewis, Joe Morris and Kunle Olulode (chair).

This event is organised in partnership with Archiboo.
Drinks reception supported by SOM and Buro Happold.

Can architects make a difference?
Image: Climate Protests in London. Photo by Gabriel McCallin on Unsplash

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Event Type(s) Talks & Debates
Tickets / Admission £ 15
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