AF Turns 30: 9H

Join us for a conversation with the founders and principal instigators of 9H, Ricky Burdett, Rosamund Diamond, Nadir Tharani and Wilfried Wang, about the organisation out of which the Architecture Foundation developed


07:00pm, Tuesday, 2 March 2021


08:00pm, Tuesday, 2 March 2021

All talks are free and accessible to everyone, but for security reasons, we do require attendees to have a registered Zoom account.

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Join us on Tuesday evening for a special discussion about 9H, the organisation out of which the Architecture Foundation developed. Bringing together the founders and principal instigators, Ricky Burdett, Rosamund Diamond, Nadir Tharani and Wilfried Wang, the broadcast will be the first of a series exploring the origins and history of the AF.

9H, which began in 1980 as a journal and ran for nine remarkable issues, was responsible for introducing a wealth of European talent to the English speaking world, including such then almost unknown architects as Herzog de Meuron, Hans Dollgast, Alvaro Siza and Eileen Gray.  The subsequent launch of the 9H gallery in 1985 confirmed this organisation as one of the most significant voices in British architectural culture of the nineteen eighties.



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Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics and Director of LSE Cities, and was the first director of the Architecture Foundation. Burdett is a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board, former Council Member of the Royal College of Art and a Trustee of the Norman Foster Foundation. He was Director of the Venice International Architecture Biennale and Curator of the Global Cities Exhibition Tate Modern in London. He is co-editor of ‘Shaping Cities in an Urban Age’ (2018), ‘The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century’ (2017), ‘Living in the Endless City’ (2011) and ‘The Endless City’ (2007).

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Rosamund Diamond is an architect, founder of Diamond Architects. She teaches at the University of Nottingham and has previously taught at Oxford, Bath, the AA and the Bartlett School UCL, where she studied architecture. She has been a visiting critic at several international schools including Harvard GSD, University of Bologna at Cesegna, and ETH Zurich. Recent research includes work on Eileen Gray. She is the author of various architectural essays and has edited several architectural books. She is the London correspondent of the Swiss journal werk bauen + wohnen for whom she regularly contributes reviews.

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Nadir Tharani has practised architecture in the UK, India and Tanzania. His practice, Tharani Associates, has won several national awards which are included in The Sun Also Moves, a selection of the practice's works. He is also the author and illustrator of several children’s books; exhibits regularly as an artist and writes sporadically about architecture and urbanism for the Tanzanian press. He has taught architecture at University College London (Bartlett), the Polytechnic of North London, and Vadodara, India. He was lecturer & examiner ­for professional exams for Architects & Quantity Surveyors Registration Board of Tanzania (2000–14) and is a board member of Nafasi Arts Space.

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Wilfried Wang is the O'Neil Ford Centennial Professor in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. Together with Nadir Tharani, he was founding co-editor of 9H Magazine (1979-1995), with Richard Burdett, he was co-director of the 9H Gallery (1985-1990), and director of the German Architecture Museum (1995-2000). With Barbara Hoidn, he is founder of HOIDN WANG PARTNER, Berlin. He is a registered architect in Berlin. Born in Hamburg, Wang studied architecture at the Bartlett School, University College London.