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Britain’s Greatest Maverick Building – The Debate


Monday 18 April 2016
6.30 — 8pm

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Britain’s Greatest Maverick Building

From top-left, clockwise: St Paul’s, Deptford, by Thomas Archer © Owen Hopkins; The Hill House, Helensborough by Charles Rennie Mackintosh © The Hunterian, University of Glasgow; Wells Cathedral, Somerset © Helena Cuss; No.1 Poultry, London by James Stirling © Owen Hopkins

Have a favourite maverick building? Let us know on Twitter for a chance for it to be included in this debate looking for Britain’s greatest. #MaverickArchitects

There’s something very special about a building that refuses to bow to fashion or convention and doggedly does its own thing. Over British architectural history the tyrannical hold of taste has frequently served to exclude the unusual or unorthodox, making the buildings that manage to resist the pressure to conform all the more remarkable. Bold, distinctive and often surprising, we call them maverick buildings.

Over the course of the Mavericks installation, we’re on the hunt for Britain’s favourite maverick buildings and we want your help. Tweet us your nominations using #MaverickArchitects and we’ll post a selection online.

In March, we’ll choose the top six most maverick buildings to be included in this live debate looking for ‘Britain’s Greatest Maverick Building’. We’ll allocate an architectural expert to each building who will then get 5 mins to make their case. The audience will then cast their vote over a glass of wine. Having whittled the list down to the top three, the experts will take to the stage once again to answer your questions and get another chance to argue for their building, before the final vote is cast to find the winner.

So, get nominating now and who knows, it could be your nomination crowned the winner! #MaverickArchitects

Speakers and buildings:

Chris Costelloe – Director, The Victorian Society
Army & Navy Hotel, Westminster (1881–83) by F.T. Pilkington

Adam Nathaniel Furman – Artist and Architect
TV-am building, Camden (1983) by Terry Farrell

Emily Gee – Head of Designation, Historic England
A la Ronde, Exmouth, Devon (1795–96), architect unknown

Phin Harper – Deputy Director, The Architecture Foundation
Dave Dayes’ house on Walter’s Way, Lewisham (1985–87), based on Walter Segal’s timber construction system

Owen Hopkins (chair) – Architecture Programme Curator, Royal Academy of Arts

Andrea Klettner – journalist and architecture PR
House in the Clouds, Thorpeness, Suffolk (1923) by Frederick Forbes Glennie

Hugh Pearman – Editor, RIBA Journal
Hilda Besse building, St Anthony’s College, Oxford (1962–71) by Howell Killick Partridge & Amis

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Monday 18 April 2016

6.30 — 8pm

The Geological Society, Piccadilly, London, W1

£12. Reductions £6.