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2021 Events

Due to the current pandemic, the School of Architecture has been unable to hold events.

Public lectures and talks

Student public lecture series

Each academic year, students invite practitioners to speak at our student-run public lecture series. These lectures encourage conversation around architecture in communities around Reading.


2019 – 20 Lecture series (PDF – 0.40MB)

2018 – 19 Lecture series (PDF – 0.49 MB)

2017 – 18 Lecture series (PDF – 0.27 MB)

2016 – 17 Lecture series (PDF – 0.12 MB)

Reading 2050

The Reading 2050 lecture series provided a platform for discussing the work of the Reading 2050 group, established in 2014 by the School of the Built Environment, Barton Wilmore and Reading UK.


It delivered a strategic, long-term vision that will support the delivery of Reading's legacy of a truly smart and sustainable city.


Learn more about the Reading 2050 lectures

Making Architecture | Making Communities

Piers Taylor

Award-winning architect, broadcaster and PhD student, Piers Taylor, returns to campus to discuss how architecture can bring about transformations in people and places, and how "making" can be a vehicle for participation.


Read more about Piers Taylor's lecture

Britain's Housing Crisis: Designing Future Homes and Cities

Professor Flora Samuel

Architect Professor Flora Samuel delivered her manifesto for a better housing future in this lecture about Britain's housing crisis.


Read more about Flora Samuel's lecture

End of Year Shows

Reading’s architecture students showcase their work to the public and industry in carefully curated exhibitions.

Making Architecture | Making Communities


Make, Design, Per[Form]


IN[forming] PROCESS


Structure builds

The Urban Room (2019)

From 14 May to 7 June 2019, this temporary wooden structure, built by our students, enabled conversation and encounters between people and communities across Reading town and the University. 

Learn more about the programme of arts-based activities held in the Urban Room

Hybrid Practices @ Urban Room

PER[form]ANCE (2018)

Watch our second-year students create this replica real-life architectural brief from the School of Arts & Communication Design. Students worked alongside academics, Piers Taylor of Invisible Studio and Charley Brentnall of Carpenter Oak.

Gridshell (2017)

Watch as our first year Architecture students design and build a gridshell structure with the help of architect Piers Taylor. 

Symposia and conferences

The Missing Map: Mapping Social Impacts

25 June 2019

The Missing Map symposium explored methodologies for the spatial mapping of social value, for example connection, community, memory, identity and empowerment.


This symposium is part of Mapping Eco Social Assets (MESA), a two-year Newton funded collaborative project between the Schools of Architecture at the University of Reading and Santo Tomas in Manila, Philippines.


Read more about The Missing Map

Professional Practices in the Built Environment

27–28 April 2017

This conference provided an opportunity for practitioners and academics to come together to understand and learn from different models of professionalism across architecture and the built environment.


This conference is part of the AHRC funded Evidencing and Communicating the Value of Architects project.


Read more about Professional Practices in the Built Environment

Design Research, Series on Method

22 April 2016

The fourth session of DR_SoM (Design Research Series on Method) focused on research methods used by practitioners (in architecture and other professions) for the study of practice.


Organised by the Architectural Research Network (ARENA), International Network of Architectural Research and the University of Reading's School of Architecture.


Read more about the DR_SoM

Seminars and workshops

Inclusive Way Hackathon, 2020

February 2020

This two-day event, co-organised by Dr Carolina Vasilikou, was open to students from all disciplines and years of study. Students had the opportunity to work with people with particular lived experiences of disabilities and the chance to respond to a brief in ways that champion inclusive designing solutions.


Read more about Breaking down Barriers and the Inclusive Way

Rules of the Game Workshop, part of Reading Assembly: Power

February 2020

Part of the Reading Assembly weekend of events and workshops at the Tate Modern exploring power and communities. Amy Butt, Dr Carolina Vasilikou and students from the School of Architecture led an afternoon of design and discussion workshops for members of the public at the Tate Exchange space.


Read more about Reading Assembly at Tate Exchange

International Design Workshop: Commons

February 2020

The International Design Workshop (IDW) week in Antwerp is open to radical pedagogical experiences, which stimulates crossing disciplinary boundaries. The fourth edition investigated the potentials of commons.


Read more about the International Design Workshop 2020

Architecture summer school taster 

July 2019

Our free introductory architecture summer programme was specifically designed for students interested in pursuing a degree in architecture.


The two-day programme, run by Sayan Skandarajah and Vasilena Vassilev, was an opportunity to discover what it would be like to study architecture and gain advice on preparing a portfolio, drawing and model-making, and analysis of the urban environment.

We are All Able Bodies: From Sensory Deprivation to Sensory Augementation

November 2018

A trans-disciplinary international workshop/seminar, co-organised by Dr Carilona Vasilikou and Dr Izabela Wieczorek, re-examining the potentials and limitations of bodies experiencing the sensory realm.


This workshop was organised in a partnership between the Institute of Technology Faculty of Architecture, San Pablo CEO University Madrid and the School of Architecture, University of Reading with support from the International Ambiances Network.


Read more about the We are all Able Bodies workshop

Engagement with practice

Research Practice Leads Group

The aim of the Research Practice Leads (RPL) group is to lobby for architectural research in practice and to share skills and knowledge. The group is led by Professor Flora Samuel, and developed with Darryl Chen of Hawkins Brown.


Read more about the Research Practice Leads group.

Industry Night 2019

The event was supported by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Berkshire, enabling architecture graduates to build their professional network. 


Pecha-Kucha Talks were presented by Reading graduates and local architectural practices, including Dan Fleming of Broadway Malyan, Jo DeSyllas of Architecture Plb, Dan Lewandowski of Lewandowski Architects; and Reading graduates Sam Bailey, Aston Oakes and Sophy Botsford. The evening was moderated by Jennifer Forakis of RIBA Berkshire.

Athena SWAN Silver Award