Some of the world’s most innovative architects gather in London on 4 July to debate the future of our cities

Leading names include this year’s Serpentine Pavilion designer Francis Kéré, British giants Amanda Levete and Sir David Chipperfield, New York architect Elizabeth Diller responsible for the High Line, radical Odile Decq and fast-rising global talent Ma Yansong, who have designed some of the most jaw-dropping buildings of the 21st century.

Representing continents around the globe that include Europe, America, Africa and Asia, these architects come together to take part in the first-ever International Week at the Royal Institute of British Architects. This high-profile event grapples with the future design of our cities in an era where for the first time in history, more of us are living in cities than beyond them. Rapid urbanisation and migration are era defining, and these leading professionals will debate what positive role architects can play in our future metropolises.

Forming part of a week of activities from 3-7 July at the RIBA open to public, the festival will begin with a RIBA Late on the evening of 3 July featuring guerrilla installations by exciting young practices such as PUG, WUH Architecture and Lingge Yang, during an experimental evening that will include film and performance, as well as live DJs and an open bar. There will also be a free exhibition that showcases best examples of architect’s work in relation to today’s urban challenges.

Tickets for the conference are on sale now, and registration for the FREE festival events is now open.