Celebration of black architects at new exhibition

Black architects are being celebrated at a brand new exhibition opening on Monday, as part of London Festival of Architecture.

Curated by award-winning Simone de Gale Architects, the exhibition showcases the successes of a number of black architects from across the world, including Phil Freelon and Elsie Owusu OBE, through interview, images and audio. It opened at New London Architecture’s headquarters, Store Street, on Monday  05 June.

The exhibition, which has a London theme and focuses on local black architects or those who are practicing in the city, will be open to the public throughout June.

Simone de Gale, who won Architect of the Year earlier this year, is the brains behind the exhibition and believes it will have a positive impact on the industry.

The architect, whose practice is based in Belgravia, said:

“We realised through our own research that there’s an under-representation of successful black architects in the UK, so it was time to put that right. We have crafted this exhibition to showcase those who have created beautiful, ground-breaking architecture across the world.

“It was key for us to develop an exhibition that is interesting and fun, as well as one which will hopefully inspire budding young black and ethnic minority architects to move into this fantastic industry.”

Celebrating Excellent Black Architects will move to Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust from 10 July to 11 August, where it will co-ordinate with student workshops and talks. Mid-September, it is hoped to move to RIBA Headquarters for one week to coincide with RIBA Late Night Tuesday and the Stephen Lawrence annual memorial lecture.

Part of the exhibition will move to the George Padmore Institute for a one night themed event in October, before all of the material will finally be submitted to the Black Cultural Archives to enhance their collections and for use in future exhibitions and further references.

New London Architecture can be found at The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT.