And the Winner Is... Competitive Advantages?

Fri 8 March 2013
9.30am – 1pm

  • Image courtesy Taimages/Flickr
  • Kengo Kuma's competition winning design for the V&A at Dundee. Courtesy V&A.

Part 1 (above):

Introduction of event by Sarah Ichioka, AF Director
Introduction: Paul Finch, Programme Director of the World Architecture Festival; Deputy Chairman of the UK Design Council; chairman of Design Council Cabe (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment); and editorial director of the Architectural Review and Architects' Journal.
- Introductory Remarks: Jeremy TillHead of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
- Jeremy Till and Paul Finch in conversation
- Silvia Forlati, Founding Member at Wonderland, Principal at SHARE architects
- Richard Brindley, Executive Director, Professional Services, RIBA
- Dr. Nina Berre, Director of Architecture, National Museum, Oslo, Norway
- Discussion: Paul Finch with Silvia Forlati, Richard Brindley and Dr. Nina Berre

Part 2 (below):

- Moira Gemmill, Director of Projects, Design and Estate, Victoria & Albert Museum
- Malcolm Reading, Founder and Chairman at Malcolm Reading Consultants
- Discussion: Paul Finch with full panel
- Audience Questions

The And The Winner Is..? events series kicked off with a discussion and investigation into architectural competitions.

A key method for a client to source diverse architectural ideas and solutions (and for architects to develop their craft), or a burden for overworked and underpaid practices, offering no clear promise of reward? Are competitions a waste of money? Do open competitions invite clients to steal ideas? Can competitions be run to the benefit of every stakeholder, in the name of ensuring architectural quality and encouraging clients to take positive risks, or is the process fundamentally unethical, and an agent of the glossy domination of architectural style over substance?

An international panel of key-players from the culture of architectural competitions presented their positions towards, and experiences gained from, architectural competitions – investigating these issues from the perspectives of entrant, organiser and client.

Supported by

Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Austrian Cultural Forum London
Royal Norwegian Embassy in London

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Series Media Partner

The Architectural Review