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Architecture Public Lectures

Student Lecture Series

Each academic year students invite practitioners to speak at our student-run public lecture series. Previous lecture series have been launched with a DEGW Foundation Lecture to mark the arrival of the DEGW archives that were kindly given to the School.

The 2019/20 Lecture series information will be released in the next academic year.

Past student lecture series posters:

 Student-led Lecture Series 2018-19

Student-led Lecture Series 2017-18

Student-led Lecture Series 2016-17

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:


Economy and Employment

  • 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:


20 June : The Current & Future Role of Thames Valley Berkshire LEP (Tim Smith MBE, Thames Valley Berkshire LEP)

23 May : What is the Future of the Tech Economy in Reading ? (Nigel Horton-Baker, Reading UK CIC)

26 April : Smart City Cluster in the Thames Valley (Rob Macdonald, Peter Brett Associates)

28 February : Digital Visualisation: Understanding the Past & Revealing the Future (Dr Ian Ewart & Dr Dragana Nikolic, School of the Built Environment)

31 January : Reading's Climate Change Strategy (Chris Beales, Reading Climate Change Partnership & Ben Burfoot, Reading Borough Council) 


29 November : Future Health & Quality of Life in Reading (Dr William Bird, Intelligent Health)

25 October : Transforming the Museum of English Rural Life: Past, Present & Future (Kate Arnold Foster, MERL)

18 July : The Urban Metabolism of Reading (Dr Eugene Mohareb & Dr Daniela Perotti, School of the Built Environment)

28 June : Nature & People in our Urban Future (Natalie Ganpatsingh, Nature Nurture)

8 February : Reading Art & Culture: Past, Present & Future (Prof Susanne Clausen, School of Arts & Communication Design)

25 January : The 'Great Place' Project (Grant Thornton, Reading Borough Council & Dr Sally Lloyd-Evans, Geography & Environmental Science)


14 December : Natural Flood Management (Dr Joanna Clarke, Geography & Environmental Science)

30 November : The Future of Transport & Mobility in Reading (Scott Witchalls, Peter Brett Associates)

16 November : The Future of Energy in Reading (Dr Phil Coker, School of the Built Environment)

2 November : Reading's Heritage & History (Matthew Williams, Director of Reading Museum)

19 October : Reading 2050 Vision (Prof Tim Dixon, School of the Built Environment, Jenni Montgomery, Barton Willmore & Nigel Horton-Baker, Reading UK CIC)

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