As curator and project manager, I have overseen the creation of numerous exhibitions and showcases covering a wide range of architectural themes – historic and contemporary – for public and professional audiences. To talk to me about exhibitions and curating email mikealthorpe@gmail.com


thumb_mack logo_1024MACKINTOSH ARCHITECTURE, 2015
Produced in partnership with the Huntarian Glasgow, this exhibition charted the evolution of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s architectural style from student to international phenomenon. With over 64 original drawings and models it was one of the first of its kind in London for over 20 years, broke visitor records at the RIBA and received widespread reviews and coverage in national press – see The Guardian,  The Telegraph, Dezeen and FT.com




Produced in partnership with Foresight and Nick Francis, this exhibition explored a visual history of the future to highlight the drivers behind change in UK cities over the next 50 years. Policy story telling was mixed with multi-media, stats, data modelling and animation to illustrate anticipated population, demographic and economic change. For more information on this project see Future of Cities and Guardian Cities



thumb_IMG_5287_1024NEW BRITISH WORKS, 2014
Featuring the work of 18 practices, this exhibition explored contemporary British architecture overseas. With projects and buildings from large and small firms, it offered a snapshot of the diversity and scale of British based design exports and interrogated the reasons behind the potency of the UK as a global ‘creative hub.’ With projects and contributions from David Adjaye Associates, Zaha Hadid Architects, David Chipperfield Architects, ARUP, Coffey Architects and Hawkins Brown.



Produced in partnership with the BBC and accompanying a major TV series, this exhibition was the first in the RIBA’s new gallery and charted the emergence of High Tech architecture as a major international force in the postwar years through the careers of Norman Foster, Richard Rogers, Nicholas Grimshaw, Michael Hopkins and Terry Farrell. Reviews and comment on the exhibition can be found at the ObserverBuilding Design, The Telegraph, The Londonist and the The New Statesman. Watch the trailer for BBC TV show.



Part of the London 2012 Festival, these two exhibitions explored the architecture of celebration. The first charted the engineering feats behind London’s olympic venues – some of the most sustainable and eclectic in its history – while the other revealed the afterlife of some of history’s best landmark event buildings.



thumb_DSCN4180_1024A PLACE TO CALL HOME, 2012
Produced as part of a major public campaign on space standards, this exhibition used the RIBA’s archives to tell the story of mass housing in the UK over a 250 year history. From Georgian terraces, Victorian slums, Garden cities, interwar suburbs and postwar estates, it charted the British obsession with home and our ever shifting tastes and habits through models, photos, drawings and historical advertising. Watch ‘A Place to Call Home on Youtube’ and read reviews at The Independent, The Telegraph, Architecture AsStranger Collective and One Stop Arts



thumb_Following Nash 036_1024FOLLOWING NASH, 2010
Produced for the London Festival of Architecture, this open air exhibition in the Regents Park and partnered with The Royal Parks celebrated the architecture of John Nash’s Regent’s Street and Regent’s Park and debated how these great pieces of city planning could be further enhanced as part of a city-wide pedestrian network first suggested by Sir Terry Farrell. It was  accompanied by the ‘Nash Ramblas’ iPhone app. The project now forms the basis for regular tours and recently featured as part of  The Londonist Out Loud in May 2016.

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