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Empowering future generations

Architecture Awards Week 2020


● Cancelled

Wednesday 18 March 2020
6.30 — 8pm

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Rahel Shawl on site in Ethiopia

Photo by Raas Architects

In this talk, we invite our speakers to consider how young people can be empowered to provide unique and valuable insights into their built environment.

Due to the international travel restrictions as a result of the Coronavirus, speakers, award winners and finalists for the Royal Academy Architecture Awards are unable to travel to London. Architecture Awards Week events (with the exception of Boonserm Premthada’s workshop on 18 March) have therefore been postponed until further notice. Ticket holders will be notified when the events are rescheduled. If you have purchased a ticket and would prefer to obtain a refund, please contact us on 0207 300 8090 or tickets@royalacademy.org.uk

This discussion brings together previous Royal Academy Dorfman Award finalists to focus on the challenges faced by young people who want to participate in shaping their urban environments.

Our speakers will examine their respective geographical contexts and the importance of empowering young people to get involved in making decisions about buildings and cities.

At the end of the discussion, our speakers will also take questions from the audience.

Additional speakers to be announced in the coming weeks


Rahel Shawl is the founder and director of Raas Architects, one of the leading architectural practices in Ethiopia. She received the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2007 for her work on the Royal Netherlands Embassy in Addis Ababa and was an inaugural RA Dorfman Award Finalist in 2018.

Neil Onions is the CEO and founder of Beyond the Box, who’s mission is to create space for every young person to be at the centre of co-designing their own future, community spaces, projects and campaigns.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Wednesday 18 March 2020

6.30 — 8pm

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

£10, £6