Talks & Events

As Public Programmes Manager at the RIBA and in other roles, I have devised and produced many popular thematic events programmes aimed at all kinds of audiences, including establishing the RIBA’s ‘Late Tuesday’ series in 2012. To talk to me about talks and events email mikealthorpe@gmail.com

 

thumb_LT HIGH TECH 2014 1_1024LATE TUESDAYS 2012 – present
This seasonal event series is among the largest regularly hosted at the RIBA HQ building at 66 Portland Place. With provocative and ‘easy to get’ themes as their starting point, they now attract audiences of 1000 people and mix film, talks, tours, performance and live music to create a fast paced and informal programme for younger crowds.

 

 

thumb_Palladian comp_1024PALLADIAN DESIGN 2015
This programme sought to interrogate and challenge historical definitions of Palladian Design. Anchored debate evenings, a Late Tuesday and curator tours, it features contributions from Adam Caruso, Robert Adam, Pier Vittorio Aureli, Olivia Horsfall Turner, Jonathan Glancey and Owen Hopkins.

 

 

thumb_Brutplay_1024THE BRUTALIST PLAYGROUND 2015
Accompanying the installation by Assemble and artist Simon Terrill, the programme explored ‘playscapes’ and postwar architecture with Stephanie Sutton and keynotes on urban play, space and materiality with Adrian Forty, Paul Karakusuevic, Daisy Froud, Oli Mould and Samantha Hardingham.

 

 

thumb_CharlesRennieMackintosh_1024MACKINTOSH ARCHITECTURE 2015
Setting Charles Rennie Mackintosh within context, the programme explored his rise and fall, an international urban avant-garde and contemporary design. Debates, film, talks and tours with Kevin Mcloud, Pamela Robertson, Dan Cruickshank, Stephen Smith, Alan Powers, Oliver Wainwright and Justin McGuirk.

 

 

Edwin Smith

THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF EDWIN SMITH 2014
Mixing contemporary photographic debate with nostalgia, the season looked at images, archives and England’s early postwar landscapes. With the 20CC and the Barbican with contributions from Vicky Richardson, Rut Blees Luxemburg, David Kynaston, Simon Thurley, John Grindrod, Gillian Darley and Susie Harries. (Image Edwin Smith/RIBACollections)

 

 

thumb_Brits_1024THE BRITS WHO BUILT THE MODERN WORLD 2014
With a historic one-off discussion between architects Foster, Rogers, Farrell, Grimshaw and Hopkins with BBC Radio 4, the programme explored High Tech architecture, airports and America. Contributions from Hugh Pearman, Ivan Harbour, Catherine Croft, Sam Jacobs, Andrew Saint and Murray Fraser.

 

 

thumb_DB RIBA_1024DREAM BUILDERS 2012 -2014
In partnership with the BBC World Service and with Razia Iqbal, this series featured live audiences of over 3,500 and global radio broadcasts of millions. It featured; Renzo Piano, Zaha Hadid, Santiago Calatrava, Daniel Libeskind, Norman Foster, Thomas Heatherwick, Moshe Safdie, Francine Houben and David Adjaye.

 

 

thumb_INDIAFinalStamplogo165x165x154_1024OUT OF INDIA 2013
Marking ‘Charles Correa – India’s Greatest Architect’ the programme explored Indian architecture with a focus on art, modernism, mysticism and urbanism. Contributions from Charles Correa, Sunand Prasad, Saskia Sassen, Irena Murray, Vivek Nanda, Tony Travers, Joseph Rykwert and Richard Sennett.

 

 

thumb_IdeasSeasonWEB165x165x247_1024IDEAS TO CHANGE BRITISH ARCHITECTURE 2013
Working with the British Council’s Alastair Donald and the AA, the programme supported the ‘Venice Takeaway’ and debated concepts from abroad that could change the way architecture is produced in the UK. Contributions from Alex de Rijke, dRMM, Abberant Architecture, Elias Redstone and Vicky Richardson.

 

 

thumb_Olympic stadium_1024REMAKING LONDON 2011
In partnership with Design for London (GLA), the series explored key themes of capital change including; the Olympics, High Speed Two, ‘POP ups’ and green infrastructure. With Lucy Musgrave, Tobias Goevert, Mark Brearley, Clive Dutton, Eleanor Fawcett, Martha Schwartz, Dougald Hind and Andrew Mcnaughton.

 

 

thumb_BFI_Lost_sight_of_the_future_debate_041_1024ARCHITECTURE @ LONDON LITERATURE FESTIVAL 2011
Part of the Southbank’s Festival of Britain 60th Anniversary, the events explored the origins and legacy of the architectural icons of the 1950s site – the RFH and Skylon. Featured contributions from Paul Finch, Elain Harwood, Jean Symons, Nicholas Grimshaw, John Wilson, Liza Fior and Jack Pringle.

 

 

thumb_BF debates_1024BUILDING FUTURES DEBATES 2007 – 2009
Contemporary and futures based debates hosted in Clerkenwell. Contributions from designers, policy makers, writers and thinkers, including; Finn Williams, Alison Brooks, Jonathan Meads, Will Alsop, Dickon Robinson, Rick Mather, Robert Tavernor, Piers Gough, Sean Griffiths, John Adams and Francois Penz.

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