Dream Builders

Dream Builders

Razia Iqbal in conversation with some of the world's greatest architects.

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David Adjaye

David Adjaye

Tuesday 20 May 2014, 7pm at RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

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David Adjaye has been described as an architect with an ‘artist’s sensibility’. His internationally renowned buildings are defined by his bold use of innovative materials and a diverse colour palette which reflect an equally strong interest in landscape and terrain. From his pioneering ‘Ideas Store’ library buildings in the UK, to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum for African American History and Culture in Washington DC,  the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver and  The Bernie Grant Arts Centre in Tottenham, London, his work is imbued with, and inspired by, the stories of people and dynamics of place. In 2007, he was awarded an OBE for services to architecture and in 2013 he topped the Guardian’s “Powerlist” of Britain’s most influential black people.

Photo: © Ed Reeves

Moshe Safdie

Moshe Safdie

Thursday 05 June 2014, 7pm at RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

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Moshe Safdie is an architect, urban planner, theorist and author whose buildings the world over are committed to responding to ‘human needs and aspirations.’ He first came to the world’s attention in his early twenties through his ground-breaking ‘Habitat 67’ project - a vast interlocking prefabricated housing complex and the centre piece of the Montreal EXPO, which he also developed the master-plan for. Safdie has since gone on to write, lecture, teach and build extensively in North America and in many other countries, frequently returning to his native Israel where he was responsible for the restoration of old Jerusalem and the creation of the new city of Modi’in, the new Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, and the Rabin Memorial Center.

Photo: © Stephen Kelly

Francine Houben

Francine Houben

Tuesday 17 June 2014, 7pm at RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London, W1B 1AD

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Francine Houben is one of the Netherlands’ leading architects who, with her practice Mecanoo Architecten, has sought to create buildings that ‘touch all the senses.’ Her architecture encompasses ‘emotional, social, playful and humane aspects’ as well as intellectual, conceptual and visual ones.

From ground breaking housing projects in her early years, she has gone on to design signature projects including the Philips Business Innovation Centre, FiftyTwoDegrees in Nijmegen, La Llotja Theatre and Conference Centre in Lleida, Spain, and Europe’s largest Library building in Birmingham, UK. Houben lectures widely on issues surrounding urban design and from 2002 to 2006 put these into practice as City Architect for Almere in the Netherlands. 

Photo: ©  Marco van Rijt

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