The Architecture Centre at 20

A year-long celebration of architecture with the Centre’s 20th Anniversary programme.

The Architecture Centre opened in September 1996 as the first purpose-built architecture centre in the country. Over the past two decades we have inspired and involved hundreds of thousands of people in shaping better places – in Bristol and beyond.

People and Places was the theme for our 20th anniversary programme of talks, exhibitions, walks and family events in 2016. Taking a flag-in-the-sand look at the past, present and future state of architecture and place-making in the city. Our programme involved:

  • A retrospective exhibition presenting a review of 20 years of Bristol architecture and place-making
  • Place, Time and Architecture symposium and keynote lecture by Ivan Harbour (RHSP)
  • Bristol800 artist commission: Sounding City by artist Jennie Savage
  • Our Place party – a family friendly street party with activities by UWE students, celebrating our birthday with over 3000 people
  • Family Fun Palace event curated by young people from our Shape My City programme
  • Leading talk Making Places by Andrew McMullan of Heatherwick Studio
  • City tours with design and built environment experts

This Bristol800 Weekender is produced in partnership with UWE’s Department of Architecture and the Built Environment, also celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016.

The Anniversary Weekender is part of Bristol800: a programme throughout 2016 marking significant anniversaries in the city and what they mean for Bristol now and into the future. Bristol 800 is an initiative of Bristol Cultural Development Partnership (Arts Council England, Bristol City Council and Business West).