Congregation: One Day Festival

Headlined by Alain de Botton, this afternoon of talks will draw on the themes raised by Congregation, the Architecture Foundation's exhibition of recent religious architecture.


02:00pm, Saturday, 29 February 2020


05:30pm, Saturday, 29 February 2020

Ticket Price: £12

Students/Unwaged: £5

Address: Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene’s, Rowington Close, London, W2 5TF

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This afternoon of public talks at Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene’s explores themes raised by the exhibition, Congregation, which will be available to visit in the church's undercroft.



14:00 - 14:40 

Patrick Lynch (Lynch Architects) and Revd Ayla Lepine (Hampstead Parish Church) consider the ways in which the idea of a church was formulated by twentieth century architects including Ninian Comper, Rudolf Schwarz and Sigurd Lewerentz

14:40 - 15:20

Matthew Lloyd (Matthew Lloyd Architects), Richard Gatti (Gatti Routh Rhodes), Bernadette Cunningham (Thornsett) and Chris Levett (DLA) discuss economic models for restoring and replacing dilapidated churches

15:40 - 16:30

Shahed Saleem (Makespace and The University of Westminster) and Julia Barfield (Marks Barfield Architects) discuss the evolution of the British mosque 

16:30 - 17.30

Alain de Botton talks to Simon Henley (Henley Halebrown) about the capacity of secular buildings to answer our need for ritual and ceremony

Above: Alain de Botton