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July 2003

To coincide with the V&A's Zoomorphic exhibition, which opens on 18 September to 4 January 2004, the V&A/RIBA architecture partnership has arranged a series of talks and events at the Museum.

Architecture and Lecture Series: Architecture and Mutation
Wednesday Late View
Lectures start at 19.15
The V&A/RIBA architecture partnership will present a series of three lectures to accompany Zoomorphic.

1 October, 2003

Kathryn Findlay of Anglo-Japanese practice Ushida Findlay discusses the journey of discovery from concept to completion in architectural projects.

5 November, 2003

Lars Spuybroek is the Principal of Nox, an architecture office in Rotterdam. Since the early nineties he has researched the relationship between architecture and media, and will discuss architecture and computing.

3 December, 2003

Greg Lynn is professor of architecture at UCLA and one of America's most challenging architects and theorists. His computer generated designs abandon traditional forms to pursue more radical animated architectural structures.

Advance booking required - Tickets for lectures: £8.50/£5.50 for Friends of the V&A and full-time students.

Evolution Style Lounge
19 November 2003
19.00 - 21.30, The Canteen Bar/Gamble Room

Sophisticated computer programmes, talented structural engineers, smart new materials: all these factors are converging to allow architects to take advantage of new stylistic freedoms in their profession to produce a bestiary of buildings inspired by nature. Style Lounge and RIBA present an evening in response to Zoomorphic.

Tom Dyckhoff, Architecture Critic for 'The Times', hosts a debate in the lounge focusing on new animal architecture. Special guests include Tom Verebes (Ocean D UK), whose work features in the Zoomorphic exhibition, David Turnbull (Director, ATOPIA LLC, New York and Professor of Architecture at the University of Bath) and Alexia Defert (Lecturer in Fine Art, Goldsmiths College University of London). Includes DJ and bar.

Advance booking required - Tickets £5.

Creature Comfort: New Building After Nature
Study Day
6 December 2003
10.00-17.00, Lecture Theatre

Participants will learn of the diverse origins of this exuberant movement in contemporary architecture and discover its potential to transform the way we live. Speakers will include architect Chris Wilkinson and Laurie Chetwood, historian Dr Susannah Hagan, structural engineer Aran Chadwick and biomimetics expert Professor Julian Vincent

Advance booking required - Ticket Price: Full £36, Concessionary rates: Students on state-funded courses £10, Senior Citizens, Members and Patrons of the V&A £30. Registered disabled people and ES40 -holders £5.

The Playdoh Skyline
Free drop-in activity for families
Saturday 25 October to Sunday 2 November
Saturday 20 December to Sunday 28 December
14.00 -16.00
Location: In the Zoomorphic exhibition

Create your own zoomorphic additions to the urban skyline using Playdoh. By placing your Playdoh buildings alongside images of other buildings, both conventional and zoomorphic, children and architects of all ages will be able to leave their animal mark on the city.

The V&A/RIBA architecture partnership gallery and stores will open in autumn 2004. The RIBA's Drawings, Manuscripts and Archives Collections will be re-housed alongside the Museum's Prints, Drawings and Paintings collections in the Henry Cole Wing at the V&A. The project involves a new Architecture Gallery that will display the superb collections of both the RIBA and V&A to a wider audience. It will boost access to the V&A and RIBA's world-class architectural collections and stimulate greater public understanding and engagement with architecture.

For bookable events, call the V&A Box Office on 020 7942 2209 / 020 7942 2211. For further details about Zoomorphic events, visit the V&A website:

For further PRESS information, please contact Patricia O'Connor or Gareth Harris, on 020 7942 2502. Email: and (not for publication).


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