The annual London Festival of Architecture (LFA) , 1-30 June 2015
The annual London Festival of Architecture (LFA) – a month-long, citywide celebration of architectural experimentation, thinking and practice – will take place at venues across the capital throughout June 2015. LFA will address the theme ‘Work in Progress’ and feature a programme of events organised with London’s leading cultural and academic institutions including the Design Museum, Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Institute of British Architects, Serpentine Galleries and Victoria & Albert Museum.
The London Festival of Architecture is a time for speculation, public debate and new ideas. Professionals and students, organisations and individuals can participate in the festival through the Open Calls for Associated Projects and Open Studios. The 2015 festival will also feature an expanded international programme which includes the Serpentine’s 15th annual summer pavilion designed by Spanish architects SelgasCano and the introduction of an international Focus Country – Ireland – presented in partnership with Irish Design 2015, a year long international celebration of Irish Design, and the British Council. A programme of workshops and events will extend to various areas of the festival and will present the first instalment of ‘New Horizon’, a multi-platform exhibition presenting the work of emerging Irish practices.
Alongside a programme of exhibitions, installations, talks and debates, film screenings, family activities, architecture evenings, walking tours and cycle rides, LFA provides unprecedented access to architects across London – through the RIBA London’s programme of Open Studios – and the next generation of architectural talent as all the major London architecture schools present their student shows.
Delivered centrally by The Architecture Foundation, New London Architecture, and RIBA London, under Chair Patricia Brown, LFA highlights the key role that architecture plays in urban, cultural and social development, and its recognition as an instrumental force at national and international level. The festival will also be working again with the Mayor of London in 2015.
Reflecting on the London Festival of Architecture in 2014, the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:
“I’m hugely enthusiastic about good design and year on year the London Festival of Architecture continues to surpass its previous successes. The Festival makes an enormous contribution to London’s profile by promoting the talent, output and success of our architectural sector; and showcasing the innovation of London’s cultural sector through an outstanding partner programme that includes many of our leading institutions. The debate and engagement the festival creates helps shape this great city.”