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Love Architecture Festival 2018

The month of October has seen the Leicestershire and Rutland Society of Architects (LRSA) host a series of exciting events as part of Leicester’s very first Love Architecture festival in connection with the Design Season @ LCB Depot.

The festival kicked off with a launch party featuring talks from the LRSA, RIBA, and LCB depot. The evening had a great buzz, with speeches, networking, live entertainment and displays of local architects’ work alongside models from De Montfort and Loughborough universities, all enjoyed with canapés and prosecco!

Events ranged widely and there really was something for everyone. As architects, the team at Hickman and Smith enjoyed attending the Leicester Planning Forum event where it was great to see a mixture of architects, planners, and members of the public who had all come to discuss the new NPPF (National Planning Policy Framework) document. The discussion for the evening was focused around housing developments (as this is the focus of the NPPF). We also attended a Photography for Architects seminar, hosted by local architectural photographer Keith Cooper who gave tips for taking photos of buildings and advised on how to use these photos for promotional material.

For those who wanted to know more about architecture there was an evening talk from Evans Vettori (a multi-award-winning architecture practice in Derbyshire) and guided walks of Leicester’s cultural quarter and the LRSA Trail, a recently rediscovered trail made by the LRSA in 1984, highlighting the most important public spaces and vistas in the city. There was even an architectural Ale Trail- a pub tour of architecturally important pubs in Leicester (unsurprisingly the first event to sell out!)

For those thinking about undertaking projects or architectural works there was a talk entitled “Why use an Architect – a Client’s Point of View”. This evening event saw three different Architects including Sylvester Cheung, Takero Shimazaki and our very own Adam Smith along with their clients hosting an interesting presentation and discussion session about how to get the most out of working with an architect, and what benefits there might be. Earlier in the month there was also “Meet the Architect” which was a chance to meet local architects and discuss your ideas for potential projects.

During half term there were events for children and families, featuring every Architect’s favorite childhood toy – LEGO! “Build your own Leicester” gave people the chance to let their imaginations run free with Lego designs for buildings in Leicester, whilst “Challenge the Architect” saw fierce competition to see if you could build a Lego kit faster than an architect.

A personal highlight for me was the “Leics is More” Pecha Kucha talk. A Pecha Kucha is an exciting and fast paced event where a series of speakers give presentations with 20 slides and 20 seconds to present each slide. The LRSA has now hosted a number of Pecha Kucha evenings which have all been fantastic; “Leic is More” was no exception. The talks ranged from overviews of the arts and cultural scene in Leicester to different views of specific buildings in Leicester and a talk about the history of the ring road in the city and the effect its planning had on the development of New Walk. It was a fast paced and entertaining evening.

Sadly, the Love Architecture festival has now come to a close. It has been a massive success and joy to be involved. The LRSA are already planning events for next year and we are hoping that the festival will become an annual event. Thank you to all those who attended.

Blog written by Part II Architectural Assistant Amy Cawley.