AIA UK Building Tour - 07 May 2015


The AIA UK Chapter cordially invites you to the next in our ongoing series of building tours:

The Royal Society of Arts 

by: Matthew Lloyd Architects 

Alex Sherratt will give a short introduction to the project, followed by a general building tour and discussion.


When: Thursday, 7th of May 2015 at 6:30pm

Address: The RSA, 8 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6EZ

Meeting Point: Main Reception area


2 CES Credits are available and admission is free of charge.

Places are very limited. Please RSVP online by clicking here.


Designed by Robert and James Adam and completed in 1774, the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) is the earliest example in English architecture of purpose-built headquarters for a learned society. Described at its opening as ‘beautifully simple without meanness, and grand without exaggeration’, it underwent numerous architectural transformations in the 19th and 20th centuries, with some of the renovations diminishing its Georgian purity and splendour.

The building is composed of a five-housed Georgian terrace; nos 2-8 John Adam Street and no 18 Adam Street. The buildings have three basement levels and the lowest brick arches sit on top of the former North bank of the Thames. No. 8 John Adam Street is Grade 1 listed and the remaining houses are Grade 2* listed. 

The client’s brief was to produce a space with state-of-the-art technical capabilities, accommodating a wide variety of functions, but in keeping with the fine 18th century architecture. The design of the interior was developed in long and close collaboration with the RSA’s House Development Committee, and sought to restore the beauty of the original architecture where it had been diminished, while retaining, where appropriate, later interventions of good quality to reveal the building’s evolution over some 250 years.


AIA UK Legal Seminar - 15 April 2015


The AIA UK Chapter cordially invites you to the fourth in our series of legal seminars:


In association with Beale & Company:

Risks of Design Team Novation


What are the risks to architects and how can these be managed when your contract is novated to a design-build contractor?  

Design and build projects and the novation of appointments from the client to the contractor are increasingly prevalent in the construction industry.  Join the AIA UK and our colleagues at Beale & Company Solicitors on Wednesday, April 15th for a presentation and discussion about novation.  This presentation will focus specifically on design and build projects and the issues to be considered when negotiating novation agreements.

This discussion is the fourth in our series on legal matters of interest (and concern) to architects and will:


Provide an introduction to novation

Identify the risks arising from novation

Discuss different approaches to novation 

Highlight key issues in novation agreements, and

Discuss practical issues associated with novation


The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session where the speakers will address all of your questions.

The event is being hosted by chapter sponsor Herman Miller in their London Showroom.  Herman Miller is providing drinks and canapés!  


1.5 CES Credits are available and admission is free of charge.
Places are very limited. Please RSVP online by clicking here.



AIA UK Building Tour - 09 April 2015

David Kohn (DKA) will give a short introduction to the project followed by a tour of the arts facilities and events spaces.


Following that, James Kellow (Crate Brewery) will give a tour of the Crate Brewery facilities, including a tasting session of their current creations.


Participants are invited to stay following the tour to enjoy further Crate’s fine craft beer and artisan pizzas (cost not  included in the tour).  


2 CES Credits are available.


Admission is £5 for AIA members and £10 for Non-members.


Places are very limited.  Please RSVP by clicking here.



AIA UK Building Tour - 05 March 2015


The AIA UK Chapter cordially invites you to the next in our ongoing series of building tours.


The Francis Crick Institute 

by HOK and PLP Architecture


Fred Pilbrow and and Andy Smith (Construction Director) will give a short introduction to the project, followed by a general building tour and discussion.


When: Thursday, 5th of March 2015 at 6:30pm
Address: Ossulston St, Kings Cross, London NW1
Meeting Point: Laing O’Rourke Security on Ossulston Street


2 CES Credits are available and admission is free of charge.
Places are very limited. Please RSVP online by clicking here.



AIA UK 2015 Excellence in Design Awards Gala - 28 April


The AIA UK invites you to join us for the:

Excellence in Design Awards Gala 2015


Tuesday, 28 April 2015, 7-11pm


The Magazine Restaurant
Serpentine Sackler Gallery
Kensington Gardens
West Carriage Drive
London W2 2AR


Admission is free but spaces are limited.


Priority will be given to award entry guests.


Please RSVP here



10 March - AIA UK Technical Lecture

The AIA UK Chapter cordially invites you to the next in our ongoing series of technical lectures.

Glass as a building Material / New Developments in Processing


Presented by Ralf Scheurer, Sedak GmbH & Co


When: Tuesday 10th March 2015 at 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Address: Herman Miller Showroom Design Centre, 61 Aldwych, London WC2B 4AE


1.5 CES Credits are available and admission is free of charge.
Places are very limited. Please RSVP online by clicking here.

18 February - AIA UK Film Night


AIA UK Film Night
The Edge of the Impossible: 
The Story of Jørn Utzon and the design and construction of the Sydney Opera House.
Wednesday, 18th of February 2015 at 7:00pm


This documentary from Film Art Media charts the dramatic course of the creation of a this iconic building, and includes a rare interview with Jorn Utzon as he reflects on his role in the compelling story of the conception and construction of the Sydney Opera House.

Jorn Utzon, Denmark’s most celebrated architect, was awarded the first prize in an international architecture competition to design an Opera House for Sydney. In 1957 he flew to Australia to begin work on the construction of the greatest building Australia has ever seen and, indeed, one of the finest achievements of modern architecture. Utzon was forced from the project in 1966 after nine years of work on the Opera House. Utzon fled Australia with his young family and never returned.


Admission for AIA Members: £3

General Admission/Non-members: £5

CES Credits: 1.5 

Places are limited. Please RSVP online by clicking here


05 February - AIA UK Building Tour



AIA UK Building Tour
Roca London Gallery by Zaha Hadid Architects
Thursday, 5th of February 2015 at 6:30pm


Meeting Point: Main reception

1.5 CES Credits are available and admission is free of charge.


Maha Kutay, Director from Zaha Hadid Architects, Gonzalo Coello de Portugal from Empty (construction managers) and David Bromell from Roca London Gallery will host a guided tour of the gallery and will discuss the project from the perspective of the architect, the owner and the contractor. 

Gallery Manager, Eva Woode, will also be on hand to introduce the current exhibition, Urban Plunge: New designs for natural swimming in our cities. Curated by Jane Withers.


Places are limited. Please RSVP online by clicking here



14 January - Annual General Meeting

AIA UK Annual General Meeting 

Wednesday 14 January 2014 at 6:30 - 8.30pm

Herman Miller Design Centre

61 Aldwych

London WC2B 4AE


Dear Members, we cordially invite you to attend the AIA UK's 2015 Annual General Meeting. A drinks and canapé reception, hosted by Herman Miller, will be held prior to approval of the 2014 accounts and the election of Board Officers and Directors.  The evening will also include a brief overview of the Chapter’s activities for the past year and a look-ahead to the events planned for 2015.  It will also include a brief talk by Oliver Baxter on Herman Miller current work place research trends for 1.0 CES credit.



You are welcome to make nominations for the Board of Directors and the four Officer positions.  The Officer positions would ideally be held by US licensed architects, but we could also accept Associate AIA members and foreign licensed architects for nominations.  The Board of Directors could either be licensed or non-licensed architects, US or foreign.  All members of the Board should be willing and able to help with events coordination and other Chapter activities.  If you are interested in getting involved with the chapter, please even consider nominating yourself for a position on the Board.



Attendance is not obligatory, but we strongly urge you to attend this very important event and participate in the governance of the Chapter.  It is a great opportunity to meet AIA UK members, give feedback to the Board and influence the Chapter’s plans going forward.  It is also always a pleasure to visit the showroom of Herman Miller, our long-time chapter supporter.  This event is open to both members and non-members.


Lecture - Oliver Baxter, Herman Miller 

The Living Office and Personality Preferences for Interaction

In businesses around the world the workforce is changing. The expectations of workers are changing. How work gets done is changing. The tools of work are changing. The work itself is changing. There is a new landscape of work.

At Herman Miller, we are working with the world's leading thinkers and designers to apply a greater understanding of people—how we think, how we are motivated, and how we create and collaborate—to this new landscape of work. 

In this seminar we will share our approach to how to manage our work, the tools and technologies that enable us, and the places where we come together to do it.


CES Credits: 1.0

Admission is free

Click here to reserve a place



AIA UK 2015 Excellence in Design Awards


The American Institute of Architects UK Chapter is pleased to announce the:
2015 AIA UK Excellence in Design Awards.

The Awards programme recognizes and honours excellence in design:


- By UK-based Architects for projects anywhere in the world
- By Architects anywhere in the world for projects located in the UK
- By Students of Architecture currently enrolled in UK Universities (including US exchange programmes in the UK)


In past years this broad mix has honoured projects from Zaha Hadid, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, Grimshaw Architects, Wilkinson Eyre Architects, Haworth Thompkins, Edward Cullinan Architects, Rick Mather Architects, and Eva Jiricna Architects, among many others.


The submission deadline will be in the second half of March, with the Awards Ceremony and Gala at the end of April. Details and official Call for Entries to be announced soon!