LFA Open Studios returns to the London Festival of Architecture once again in 2017. One of the most popular elements of the festival, Open Studios is a fantastic way for firms to show off their work to a huge public and professional audience. It’s a chance to have fun, showcase what makes you special and make new connections.
For the first time the RIBA, CIAT, Landscape Institute, NLA and Institute of Structural Engineers have joined together to facilitate their membership in participating. This is a unique event for the public, clients and other building professionals to see, experience and understand the design work that goes into making a building.
LFA Open Studios is billed as an opportunity for the thousands of people who take part in the London Festival of Architecture to enjoy a behind the scenes glimpse into the life of London’s built environment practices. It’s entirely up to practices to decide what they can do: for instance it could be an exhibition, a talk, a drop-in design surgery, or a model-making workshop for children. Past experience has taught us that there is enormous public appetite for LFA Open Studios – firms should use their imaginations and let public curiosity do the rest!
We are particularly focusing our open studios this year in four areas Southbank 2nd 3rd, Fitzrovia 9th 10th Shoreditch 16th 17th and Clerkenwell 23rd 24th . We are activity recruiting practices for these areas which will involve activity on a either the Friday or Saturday of the specified weekend or both if preferred. We will support these practices with co-ordinated marketing, curated tours and additional fringe activity. Outside these areas we’d love to see Open Studios in every corner of London so, wherever you are, we’d love to see you taking part.
Events can be at any time of day, although we find that weekend or evening events work particularly well. We also encourage all practices in our hub areas to open for a after work apertivo on the Friday night 6 -9pm.