New Architects 3 Venice Launch

Farshid Moussavi hosts a discussion and drinks reception at the British Pavilion with micro lectures by Assemble, Baxendale, Orkidstudio and Studio Sam Causer


04:00pm, Friday, 27 May 2016


05:00pm, Friday, 27 May 2016

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Farshid Moussavi and the Architecture Foundation invite you to an event at the British Pavilion celebrating the publication of New Architects 3, the definitive survey of the best British architects to have set up in the last decade.

The book highlights many designers actively reinventing the model of contemporary practice to better effect change through architecture ­– from cross-subsiding design with other ventures, to establishing charities, collectives and a dairy farm in Kenya.

Addressing these shifts, four of Britain’s most innovative new architects will present micro-lectures on their work followed by a conversation chaired by AF trustee Moussavi and a prosecco reception.

Hosted by the Architecture Foundation in partnership with the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the Glasgow School of Art and the British Council.



James Mitchell founded Orkidstudio in 2008 which has since created buildings for low income communities across the world including Kenya, Sierra Leone and Zambia. He spends most of his time out of the UK working directly with the communities they build for and is also a lecturer at the Mackintosh School of Architecture at the Glasgow School of Art where he is helping develop a new postgraduate programme, 'Architecture in International Development'.


Studio Sam Causer

Sam Causer leads his own studio based in the coastal town of Margate. He works across public and private spheres engaging in what he describes as architectural activism. The studio is a founding member of the Margate Design Collective, a not-for-profit group of architects and urbanists focusing on sustainable culture, heritage and society-led development.



Lee Ivett founded participatory architecture firm, Baxendale. His mode of practice is intensely generative, developing low-budget socially-focused projects from scratch largely for working class communities in around Glasgow where he also teaches at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the Glasgow School of Art.



Fran Edgerley and Giles Smith co-founded Assemble with a large group of peers in 2010. Last year after a diverse string of engaging projects and unconventional business models Assemble rocked the art and architecture worlds by scooping the 2015 Turner Prize. Their win and the questions it inevitably raised stirred public and professional debate alike. For many, their attitude and work embody the values of a generation of socially conscious, nimble practitioners.




Farshid Moussavi (Chair)

Farshid Moussavi is an internationally acclaimed architect and Professor in Practice of Architecture at Harvard. She has written extensively on ornament, form and style in her Function Books series and was co-founder of Foreign Office Architects before setting up her own firm Farshid Moussavi Architects. She is a long-standing trustee of the Architecture Foundation and curated the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2002.