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Radical Generosity

Renée Gailhoustet and social housing


Tuesday 13 September 2022
6.30 — 8pm

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Join us to discover the inspiring work of this year’s Royal Academy Architecture Prize winner, Renée Gailhoustet in this celebratory lecture and panel discussion delivered by chair of the 2022 awards jury Farshid Moussavi RA.

Please note: this is an on-site event only

Housing is one of the most pressing and complex issues of our time, encompassing ideas about how we want to live with one another in private and public. This year’s RA Architecture Prize Winner, Renée Gailhoustet has dedicated her career to innovative social housing in her native France. Her projects were ahead of their time in bringing together nature and dwelling in irregular configurations, with terraced designs that allowed for generous planting and private outdoor space.

Rather than restricting the programme of her projects to housing, Gailhoustet projected a model for neighbourhood-building, where amenities like schools and shopping could be integrated into housing complexes. Collaboration is at the heart of her approach and the strong geometries of her projects became spaces for inhabitants to experiment and adapt to their needs.

In this celebratory lecture, Farshid Moussavi RA will discuss the continuing significance of Gailhoustet’s work. She will then be joined by a panel of experts and enthusiasts to delve deeper into the themes of the projects and how Gailhoustet’s approach continues to be relevant to anyone interested or involved with how we live in cities.

There will be time for questions at the end of the event.


Farshid Moussavi RA (Lecturer) is an architect, founder and principal of Farshid Moussavi Architecture (FMA). She is the chair of 2022 Architecture Awards Jury.

Peter Barber RA is an architect, founder and principal of Peter Barber Architects. He has designed a significant number of award-winning housing projects in the UK and has been the recipient of numerous RIBA and Housing Design Awards.

Kate Macintosh is an architect best know for her public housing projects including Dawson’s Heights in Southwark and 269 Leigham Court Road, a Grade II listed building in Lambeth.

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Tuesday 13 September 2022

6.30 — 8pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£15, £9

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