Audio talks by RIBA award-winning architects

Listen to recorded talks from the RIBA lecture series

The Architecture Centre regularly hosts talks in partnership with other organisations including the RIBA. Listen to a selection of highlights from the archive below:


Diorama: Caruso St John

Peter St John of Caruso St John talks about recent projects including the Newport Street Art Gallery, designed for Damien Hirst, which was the winner of the 2016 Stirling Prize.Peter St John is a partner at Caruso St John Architects which he co-founded with Adam Caruso in 1990. Since its inception the practice has been pursuing an architecture that is rooted in place. It resists the thin-skinned abstraction that characterises much global architecture in favour of buildings that are perceived slowly over time and that have an emotional content.


RIBA House of the Year: Richard Murphy

Wednesday 10 May 2017

Richard Murphy founded his practice in 1991. Its early reputation was built on highly crafted and innovative domestic work in the Edinburgh area. In 2016 Murphy’s own house, ‘a quarter Soane, a quarter Scarpa, a quarter eco-house and a quarter Wallace and Gromit’, was awarded the RIBA House of the Year. In this talk Murphy described the series of accidents that resulted in a life in architecture.


RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize: The Fishing Hut

Wednesday 26 October 2016

Winner of the 2015 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize, The Fishing Hut by Niall McLaughlin Architects is a sophisticated primitive hut, set on a Hampshire lake, close by chalk-filtered streams providing watercress beds and fishing. Niall McLaughlin shares the design story behind this timber framed and clad construction on galvanised supports hovering over the lake, intended both as a retreat for fishermen and a place for the owner’s family to unwind.


RIBA Stirling Prize Lecture: AHMM

Wednesday 6 July 2016

To coincide with an exhibition at the Architecture Centre exploring 20 years of the RIBA Stirling Prize from in May, AHMM will give a talk on the winning building from 2015, Burntwood School. Paul Monaghan, director at AHMM, will share the transformation of Burntwood School in Wandsworth, south London, which reinvents a 1950s modernist education campus for 2,000 pupils and 200 staff. Paul is joined by headteacher, Helen Dorfman, to share her experience from the client’s perspective


RIBA House of the Year Lecture: Skene Catling de la Peña

Wednesday 23 March 2016

Nominated for Woman Architect of the Year 2016, Charlotte Skene Catling (Skene Catling de la Peña) considers the foundations of architecture and place making in her practice. Through a detailed presentation of Flint House, winner of the 2015 RIBA House of the Year award, she will demonstrate her practice’s attitude to core themes that include the Ground, Settlement, Habitat and Substance.


RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize: Murray Kerr – Denizen Works

Thursday 25 June 2015

The Architecture Centre welcomes Murray Kerr the director of Denizen Works to discuss House No 7; a project that has overhauled a cottage in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides. Denizen Works has rebuilt the original structure and added two extensions modelled on agricultural sheds. The project won the 2014 Stephen Lawrence Prize and has been described by the RIBA as ‘full of thoughtful playfulness’.


RIBA Manser Medal: Loyn & Co Architects

Wednesday 27 May 2015

Chris Loyn presents his award winning Stormy Castle amongst other work. Loyn’s architectural practice won the Manser Prize in 2014 for the project, a Code 4 replacement dwelling on a sensitive rural site in the Gower Pennisula. The talk shares the design concept and the challenges involved in realising his projects.


RIBA Stirling Prize Lecture: Astley Castle by Witherford Watson Mann

Wednesday 21 May 2014

Described by RIBA President and Stirling Prize judge, Stephen Hodder, as “an exceptional example of how modern architecture can revive an ancient monument”, Astley Castle won the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2013.

Stephen Witherford from the winning practice, Witherford Watson Mann, discusses the challenges of a conservation project that inserted contemporary design into the crumbling ruins of a 12th century castle in Warwickshire.


Grimshaw Architects: Via Verde

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Andrew Whalley, Deputy Chairman at Grimshaw Architects, discusses a number of public projects developed under New York’s Design Excellence Programme. Included in this is the RIBA International Award winning mixed-use and affordable housing development, Via Verde in the Bronx. This project was also shortlisted for the RIBA Lubetkin Prize


Michaell Manser: Space for Living

Wednesday 23 January 2013

Past president of the RIBA, Michael Manser is one of the country’s leading advocates for innovative house design. Join us to hear the founder of the RIBA Manser Medal present observations from a career that spans over fifty years.


David Chipperfield Architects: Designing Museums

Wednesday 1 February 2012

The Gane Trust, in partnership with the Architecture Centre and Arnolfini present a lecture by Rik Nys,senior director of award winning David Chipperfield Architects. Having worked with David Chipperfield for the last 20 years, Rik Nys been involved in all of the practice’s projects, including museum projects such as the Stirling Prize winning Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach and most recently the Museum Folkwang in Essen.