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The challenge of context: Alireza Taghaboni in conversation

Architecture Awards Week


Wednesday 15 May 2019
6.30 — 8pm

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Guyim Vault House, Sadra, Iran, by NextOffice

Ⓒ NextOffice

The winner of last year’s Royal Academy Dorfman Award, Alireza Taghaboni, returns to the RA for a conversation with BBC journalist Razia Iqbal on how architects can overcome the challenges presented by global politics.

Alireza Taghaboni founded his practice NextOffice in 2009. Based in Tehran, he aims to provide contemporary responses to traditional Iranian architecture, taking into account climatic conditions alongside the economic, political and socio-cultural context of the country. Taghaboni manages to produce experimental work of exceptional architectural quality in what can only be seen as turbulent political conditions.

For this conversation, Taghaboni will be joined by BBC journalist and member of last year’s Architecture Awards jury Razia Iqbal, to confront questions such as how can architects retain the integrity of their ideas while navigating global politics? Can work ever truly exist separate from its context? Join us and find out more on how architects can engage with constantly shifting conditions in creative and experimental ways.

Razia Iqbal is a journalist employed by BBC News. She is a special correspondent, reporting for outlets across the BBC. From 2011 Iqbal has also presented Newshour on the BBC World Service and Talking Books on the BBC News Channel. She was previously the corporation’s arts correspondent. In 2018 she was part of the jury for the inaugural Royal Academy Architecture Prize and Royal Academy Dorfman Award.

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Wednesday 15 May 2019

6.30 — 8pm

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

£10, £6