Design Museum Tour


Series: Membership & Alumni Building Visit
Date: Tuesday 29 January 2019 : 13.00
Speaker: John Pawson

Join us for this exclusive tour of the Design Museum with John Pawson CBE.


The Design Museum opened its new home in 2016 in the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington. John Pawson CBE and former AA student, was appointed for the interior architecture of the £83 million restoration of the 1960s Grade II* listed building. Pawson was responsible for the building’s newly configured interiors, preserving and enhancing the original structure’s inherent architectural qualities, while also accommodating the full programme of a contemporary museum. Within the scheme, the galleries, restaurant, education spaces, members’ room, library and offices are arranged around a minimal oak and marble lined atrium. Pawson also designed the standalone museum shop.


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Denise Scott Brown’s Soane Medal Lecture


Series: Members' Screening
Date: Tuesday 5 February 2019 : 19.00
Speaker: Members' Screening

Join us for an exclusive screening of Denise Scott Brown’s Soane Medal Lecture.


In this one hour documentary, Denise Scott Brown narrates the early life experiences that shaped her later practice, illustrating the narrative with her own largely unseen photographs. This lecture was commissioned by Sir John Soane’s Museum, pre-recorded in Scott Brown’s home in Philadelphia, and originally shown at an event to celebrate Denise Scott Brown’s 2019 Soane Medal Award.


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Image credit: Denise Scott Brown in front of The Strip, Las Vegas, NV, US, 1966, Photo by Robert Venturi, courtesy of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, Inc.





The Department Store Tour


Series: Membership & Alumni Building Visit
Date: Thursday 14 February 2019 : 13.00
Speaker: Squire and Partners

Join us for this exclusive tour of the Department Store with Tim Gledstone, Partner at Squire and Partners.


Squire and Partners purchased a dilapidated Edwardian department store in Brixton, and entirely reimagined the space allowing the existing fabric and layers of history to inform the new design. Collaborating with craftspeople and furniture makers, the design of the space has been informed by the existing fabric and layers of history, and provides an array of spaces for the various design disciplines within the practice, as well as a series of external creative and retail units.


Externally, the design reverses years of neglect - revealing original brickwork, stone, marble and terracotta - and reactivates the street level through animation and display. A new social rooftop level comprises a series of oak framed pavilions topped with copper shingle, and a crafted glass dome replaces a dilapidated existing cupola.


Original interior elements such as mahogany and teak parquet flooring, a grand tiled staircase and a patina of colours documenting the building’s history were preserved. A series of voids cut through the building create dramatic volumes, and provide vistas between levels. Office workspaces celebrate the process of craft and making.


The Department Store
248 Ferndale Road, London, SW9 8FR


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Salters' Hall Tour


Series: Membership & Alumni Building Visit
Date: Tuesday 26 February 2019 : 13.00
Speaker: dMFK

Join us for this exclusive tour of Salters’ Hall with Julian de Metz from De Metz Forbes Knight Architects.


After a complete refurbishment and extension by dMFK Architects, Sir Basil Spence’s Salters' Hall re opened in 2017, and has won several awards for its conservation including an RIBA Award, and the City Heritage Award.


The Grade II listed Brutalist style building, completed in 1976, has been extended, reorientated and rethought to fit the needs of contemporary occupancy. The refurbishment has secured the longevity of Spence’s original structure, restored some remarkable tooled concrete finishes, and completely re-serviced the building, improving its energy performance from and F to a B, and achieving BREEAM Excellent.


The entrance has been relocated in a new entrance pavilion which addresses a substantial new garden space, shared with Make Architects’ London Wall Place and which celebrates a large fragment of the original Roman London Wall. The public space that has been created involved the restoration and extension of landscaping around the building to both create additional and improved space for events, improving linkages and connections through new walkways at ground and high walk level to the wider City.


Salters' Hall, 4 London Wall Place, London, EC2Y 5DE


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Southbank Centre Archive


Series: Membership & Alumni Building Visit
Date: Tuesday 19 March 2019 : 13.00
Speaker: Jonathan Tuckey Design

Join us for this exclusive visit of the Southbank Centre archive with project lead Matt Farrer, Associate at Jonathan Tuckey Design, and Clare Wood, Southbank Centre Archivist.


As part of the Southbank’s long-term programme of restoration and improvement, the Southbank Centre has opened up their extensive archive to the public. The Archive Studio, designed and built by Jonathan Tuckey Design, is a free-standing, self-supporting structure; an open framework that makes the scale of the archival process apparent to visitors, allowing visitors to meet the archive team and to actively engage with the collection.


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