Experience insight and innovation at Architect@Work

An impressive list of industry experts from architecture, development and the arts are set to share their knowledge alongside ‘curated innovations’ at the event dedicated to architects, being held in London from 29 – 30 January

The two-day trade event that focuses on architectural innovation will take place at the Old Truman Brewery, right in the centre of London’s Shoreditch. It includes free admission for trade visitors and complimentary catering throughout, which encourages networking and downtime as well as deal-making opportunities.

The 2020 edition of Architect@Work focuses on ways design and architecture intersect with nature. This theme is illustrated throughout the talks programme, and is said to be one of the event’s most popular features. Timber ‘revolutionary’ practice Waugh Thistleton Architects is confirmed in the line up, as are architectural practices Invisible Studio, Palladian London, Sarah Wigglesworth Architects and Tate Harmer. There will be talks throughout the show that touch on how natural materials are being brought into our spaces, the importance of natural learning environments, and a debate on the pros and cons of designing for ‘countryside vs city.’

The green belt was created to protect against London’s sprawl and has been described as “a clear example of the relationship between urbanism and nature.” However, some people believe it has become a stranglehold on development. Peter Murray, of New London Architecture, who has played a key role in promoting the green belt concept, will use his talk at Architect@Work as a platform detailing why he is calling for a review of the green belt concept to ensure it is still fit for purpose.

Landscape designer and personality Dan Pearson will be in conversation with journalist Helen Parton as the final talks event. RIBA are also on site and will present their pop-up bookshop, along with the Material Driven exhibition, which has been described as a “must-see for all ‘material-o-philes.’” As a design agency and materials library, Material Driven curates exhibitions by working with both established and emerging materials manufacturers, supporting and promoting their journey from prototype to product.

Visitors should allow plenty of time to explore the wide variety of manufacturers exhibiting their latest wares at the show. Architects, specifiers and interior/landscape designers can explore the latest product innovations from dozens of exhibitors from all over the world. Leading international architectural product suppliers are showing over 200 innovative products and offering the latest innovations in surface solutions, lighting technology and interior and exterior fixtures and fittings. All exhibitors go through a “rigorous selection process,” said the organisers, with an external judging panel overseeing the product selection. The two-day event will try to help visitors to get a deeper understanding of how particular new products can add value within both large and small-scale projects.

Product categories on show at Architect@Work

Carcass/building envelope

Exterior joinery, facade and exterior cladding, insulation, air/water tightness, roof construction, load bearing structures, roof covering, drainage and rainwater systems

Building systems

Fixed lighting, sanitaryware, heating, air conditioning, electricity and controls, plumbing, renewable energy

Interior finishing

Interior layout/design, interior joinery, floor coverings, wall coverings, partition walls and ceilings, paints and adhesives, door fittings

Architect@Work UK runs on 29 – 30 January at Old Truman Brewery. Please register at www.architect-at-work.co.uk using code 2390