Art & Architecture Conference 2018

The Royal Institution, London

2 October 2018. 10.00am - 4.30pm


Doors open at 9.30am. The conference starts at 10am - 4.30pm.

10 am. Richard Rogers and design critic Alice Rawsthorn will speak about Paris’s iconic Centre Georges Pompidou, designed by Rogers and Renzo Piano, which redefined museum typology when it was built 41 years ago. Reflecting on how museum building has changed since then, the conversation will touch upon other of Rogers’s many cultural civic projects and the notion of the museum as public space. 

10.45 am. Artist Andrea Zittel discusses A–Z West with frieze deputy editor Amy Sherlock. An evolving collection of projects – including workshops, studios, sleeping pods and ‘Experimental Living Cabins’, as well as permanent sculptural installations – set over more than 60 acres on the edge of Joshua Tree National Park, A–Z West is part of the artist’s long-term inquiry into how we live, how we might live differently and how we live together.

11.45 am. OMA partner Ellen van Loon and design critic Alice Rawsthorn will focus on a selection of the OMA firm’s cultural projects – including the recent addition to Milan’s Prada Foundation, Paris’s Lafayette Anticipations and the Danish Architecture Center’s new home on the Copenhagen waterfront, as well as older projects, such as her now-iconic design for the Casa da Música in Porto. Van Loon is leading on The Factory, the 13,500-square-foot permanent home of Manchester International Festival, which is currently under construction, and will discuss ideas of flexible and multifunctional buildings and cultural institutions as civic space.

12.30 pm. Artist Christopher Kulendran Thomas and architect, editor and curator Joseph Grima will discuss Kulendran Thomas’s New Eelam, an ongoing work in the form of a real-estate start-up, which proposes a flexible, global housing subscription based on collective co-ownership rather than private property. The pair will consider how technological advances and lifestyle changes are re-shaping domestic space in the 21st century.  

2 pm. Jamie Fobert will talk about his firm’s major recent contributions to UK museum design. Projects include the extension to Tate St Ives, which was recently awarded the Art Fund’s annual Museum of the Year prize, a much acclaimed renovation of Cambridge’s Kettle’s Yard, and the planned £35.5 million transformation of the National Portrait Gallery (NPG), London. He will be in conversation with NPG director, Dr Nicholas Cullinan

2.45 pm. wHY founder and creative director Kulapat Yantrasast will discuss his designs for commercial galleries, institutional spaces and private museums – including David Kordansky Gallery, San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum and the Marciano Foundation, which opened last year in a former masonic temple. The unique complexities, as well as opportunities, of innovating within an existing historic building (the Asian Art Museum is housed in an 1890s public library) will be one focus of the conversation. He will be in conversation with curator and writer, Shumi Bose

3.45 pm. Shigeru Ban will present his firm's recent and upcoming cultural projects, including Fujinomiya’s Mt Fuji World Heritage Centre and La Seine Musicale, just outside of Paris, both of which opened last year, and the Tainan Museum of Fine Arts, which is currently under construction. He will speak about the centrality of geometric form to his distinct designs and the ways in which his thinking around temporary architecture informs his permanent structures. 

Hosted by award-winning design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn.