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Architecture Public Lectures

We have two lecture series here at the School of Architecture: 

Student Lecture Series

Each academic year, our students invite practitioners to speak at our student-run lecture series. This series is launched each year with a DEGW Foundation Lecture to mark the arrival of the DEGW archives that have kindly been gifted to the School.

The 2018-19 Lecture series is titled Making Architecture, Making Communities.
Lectures are free to attend and will take place 5:30 - 6:30

  • January 24th - Alex Ely, Mæ
  • February 14th - Mathias Skafte, SLETH
  • March 14th - Stephen Taylor, Stephen Taylor Architects
  • May 2nd - Roz Barr, Roz Barr Architects
  • May 16th - Fiona Macdonald, Matt + Fiona
  • May 30th - Joshua Peasley, Caukin Studio

Past student lecture series

School of Architecture's Public Lecture Series 2017-2018 (PDF)

School of Architecture's Public Lecture Series 2017 (PDF) 

Reading 2050

The Reading 2050 lecture series is a platform of discussion around the work of the Reading 2050 group established in 2013 by the School of the Built Environment, Barton Wilmore and Reading UK to deliver a strategic, long-term vision that will support the delivery of Reading's legacy of a truly smart and sustainable city.

Upcoming Reading 2050 talks:


  • 18 July: The Urban Metabolism of Reading (Dr Eugene Mohareb and Dr Daniela Perrotti, School of the Built Environment)
  • 25 October: Transforming the Museum of English Rural Life: Past, Present and Future (Kate Arnold Foster, MERL)
  • 29 November: Future Health and Quality of Life in Reading (Dr William Bird, Intelligent Health)


  • 31 January: Reading's Climate Change Strategy (Chris Beales (Reading Climate Change Partnership) and Ben Burfoot (Reading Borough Council)
  • 28 February: Digital Visualisation: Understanding the Past and Revealing the Future (Dr Ian Ewart and Dr Dragana Nikolic, School of the Built Environment)

Economy and Employment

  • 28 March: The Future of the Reading Diamond in the Thames Valley (Professor Kathy Pain, School of Real Estate and Planning)
  • 25 April: Smart City Cluster in the Thames Valley (Rob McDonald, Peter Brett and Associates)
  • 23 May: What is the Future of the Tech Economy in Reading? (Nigel Horton-Baker, Reading UK)
  • 20 June: The Current and Future Role of Thames Valley Berkshire LEP (Tim Smith MBE, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP)
  • 26 September: Future Housing and Population Change in Reading (Simon Macklen and James Donagh, Barton Willmore)
  • 24 October: The Oxford-Cambridge Corridor: Opportunity or Threat for Reading (John Worthington, MBE)

All lectures will take place:

  • 18:00-19:00
  • Room G01, building L022, London Road campus, University of Reading, RG1 5AQ

Free admission.


Past Reading 2050 lecture series

Reading 2050 Lecture Series (PDF) 

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