Join us for a day-long symposium exploring the impact of architecture on the identity of a city, and find out more about the influence of social and spatial identities on urban change. Does Identity Matter? will bring together prominent architects, academics and commentators to explore how identity acts as a potent architectural force in shaping London. We will challenge how people connect and identify with their homes, workplaces and neighbourhoods and the city as a whole.
Panel 1: The destruction of a city's identity
Verity Jane Keefe (visual artist, working predominantly within the public realm)
Dr Clare Melhuish (Director, UCL Urban Laboratory; an anthropologist specialising in architecture and the built environment)
Maya Ober (founding editor, Depatriarchise Design, a practice-led research platform that examines the complicity of design in the reproduction of oppressive systems)
Rhiannon Williams (poet, MA Narrative Environments, Central St Martins)
Rob Bevan (chair) – architecture critic at the Evening Standard, has written widely on identity, destruction and the city
Panel 2: The production of a city's identity
Adam Greenfield (writer and urbanist; author of Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life)
Mustafa Chehabeddine (Design Principal, Kohn Pedersen Fox)
Emily Gee (London Planning Director, Historic England)
Morag Myerscough (designer/artist fascinated by how colour, pattern and words can change urban environments and people’s perceptions of spaces into places)
Shumi Bose (chair) – Senior Lecturer in Architecture, Central Saint Martins, UAL; curator at the RIBA
Keynote Lecture: Marry Duggan: The identity of the profession: starting again
Mary Duggan's lecture will be exploring the role identity plays in forging a successful presence in a marketplace that is abundant in talent. Mary will be sharing her experience of setting up two successful practices. Having initially founded Duggan Morris Architects, she will reflect upon its commercial success and the lessons she has taken from it in establishing Mary Duggan Architects, and the role identity has played in creating her own distinct profile, focus and skillset.
Following her presentation, Mary will be joined in conversation by writer, broadcaster and architecture enthusiast Tom Dyckhoff.
This event is organised in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts.
11:00 - 18:00
Admission: 25 / 15 concession
The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD