LFA 2022: London Festival of Architecture

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LFA 2022 – London Festival of Architecture News

21 June 2022

LFA Co-designing Equity in the Public Realm Competition 2022

LFA Co-designing Equity in the Public Realm Competition
photo : Mark Allan

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is collaborating with the City of London Corporation, its cultural district Culture Mile, and Foundation for Future London to launch ‘Co-designing Equity in the Public Realm’, a new design competition.

The competition will deliver one or more temporary public realm interventions in Smithfield and East London that collectively develop a deeper understanding of the public’s experience of streets and public spaces.

LFA Co-designing Equity in the Public Realm Competition

post updated 13 January 2022

London Festival of Architecture launches call for entries and reveals Destinations

Who Cares? by Squire and Partners and AWMA for LFA 2021 at The Department Store in Brixton:
LFA 2022: London Festival of Architecture Brixton
photo © Gareth Gardner

This summer, the London Festival of Architecture (LFA), the world’s largest annual architecture festival, returns for its 13th edition across June. LFA 2022 will once again transform London’s neighbourhoods with a series of installations, exhibitions, talks and special events that will bring people together as London continues to reopen. Following the transition to the digital realm in 2020 and hybrid edition in 2021, we’re delighted to announce that LFA 2022 will see a return of in-person events alongside digital events across the capital.

The call for entries for LFA 2022 is now open, inviting individuals and organisations to submit event proposals that explore the theme of ‘act’. LFA’s unique ‘open call’ model aims to radically democratise the discussion around architecture in London, meaning that anyone with a passion for architecture and the built environment can propose a project or event. Most of LFA’s events are free and curated by a core festival team, working alongside architecture and design practices, leading cultural and academic institutions, artists, community groups and many others.

LFA 2022 Dates

Key deadlines for LFA 2022 are as follows:

  • 11 March 2022: submission deadline for free event proposals (excluding LFA’s sponsors)
  • 25 March 2022: deadline for free submission for LFA’s sponsors
  • 8 April 2022: deadline for finalising event details

LFA 2022 will see the return of the festival at full power with the biggest programme of activity since 2019. Events will be taking place all over the capital, with particular attention to selected areas, which form the LFA Destinations. Featuring some of London’s most architecturally significant and diverse areas, 2022 Destinations will include London Borough of Camden, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, City of London, and Southwestminster. Each LFA Destination offers the public the opportunity to appreciate the architectural quality of the area, as well as attend a wealth of events taking place on curated routes within a concentrated neighbourhood. Further Destinations will be announced in the coming weeks.

LFA 2022: London Festival of Architecture map

LFA 2022 will also see the return of the much-loved Architecture Bake Off, a public competition inviting bakers to create cakes in the shapes of iconic London buildings, and Studio Lates, where architecture practices open their doors to both the public and the profession every Friday in June. Additionally, LFA 2022 will feature a wide range of competitions including the LFA Symposium in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts, and Showroom Showcase.

The events for LFA 2022 will respond to our theme of ‘act’, which is a natural choice as we continue to emerge from the pandemic. The next edition of the festival will look at ways architects should act in the face of the climate emergency, social injustice, and the needs of a changing society. Previous themes have included care in 2021, power in 2020, boundaries in 2019, identity in 2018, memory in 2017 and community in 2016. The theme is selected by LFA in collaboration with our curation panel, which also helps shape up the programme. LFA 2022 Curation Panel:

  • Farouk Agoro (artist and architect)
  • Amanprit Arnold (senior infrastructure policy officer, Greater London Authority)
  • Zoheb Iqbal (architect, entrepreneur and start-ups mentor and supporter)
  • Prudence Ivey (editor, London Evening Standard Homes and Property)
  • Priya Khanchandani (head of curatorial, Design Museum)
  • Chris Laing (architectural designer, activist, and founder of Signstrokes)
  • Vicky Richardson (head of architecture and Drue Heinz Curator, Royal Academy)

Rosa Rogina, Director of London Festival of Architecture, said: “The success of LFA lies in the diversity of our programme and our ability to produce the unexpected. We’re thrilled to see how our audience will respond to ‘act’, especially in light of recent events including COP26, Covid-19 pandemic and the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests. I’m particularly thrilled to reveal LFA 2022 Destinations, which offer our network of events’ organisers the opportunity to discover unique areas across London through curated walking trails of activities. This will be a unique chance to act now, and celebrate and support London boroughs, whose communities have been affected by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic”.

About London Festival of Architecture

London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is the world’s largest annual architecture festival and is exploring the theme of ‘act’ in 2022. Part of New London Architecture (NLA), LFA has a mission to support London’s architectural and design talent, enthuse and engage with the public, and find new ways to look at familiar places.

With its growing year-round presence, LFA seeks to inspire and engage the public with an events programme that showcases London as a global architecture hub. LFA 2021 explored the theme of ‘care’ through a hybrid programme of digital and physical events, inspiring over 400 events across the capital and attracting a global audience of 110,000. Our digital projects attracted over 8,000 views from 64 countries worldwide including Australia, India, the USA, France, Philippines, Kenya, and Taiwan.



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About New London Architecture

New London Architecture (NLA) is an independent, purpose-led membership organisation for everyone with an interest in London’s built environment. Its purpose is to improve the quality of people’s lives by making London a better place to live, work and visit.

Its vision is to become the world’s leading centre of excellence for the built environment. NLA’s activities are broad-ranging and include research, publications, events, exhibitions, tours, learning programmes, websites and social media platforms, awards and competitions, the world’s largest architecture festival and public galleries that feature large interactive scale models of London.


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LFA 2022 images / information from London Festival of Architecture 130122

Previously on e-archietct:

12 October 2021

‘Act’ revealed as London Festival of Architecture 2022 theme

London Festival of Architecture 2022 Theme News

LFA 2019_City of London Corp_Bodies in Urban Spaces
photo © Luke O’Donovan
London Festival of Architecture 2022
For the second year the London Festival of Architecture has asked its network of event organisers, supporters and followers to suggest a theme for the festival. The proposals were then considered by the festival’s curatorial panel, who selected ‘Act’ as a word with multiple meanings and associations that will allow event organisers – large and small, old and new – to produce a rich and varied programme celebrating architecture on London’s public and global stage.

London Festival of Architecture Past Events

Butler’s Wharf London River Thames landscape
photo © Steven Ehrlich
London Festival of Architecture 2021

London Festival of Architecture 2020

Reimagining Butler’s Wharf LFA 2020

Coal Drops Yard
Architects: Heatherwick Studio
Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross
photo © Hufton+Crow
Coal Drops Yard

Bloomberg HQ London – 2018 Stirling Prize Winner
Bloomberg European Headquarters London office building
photo © Nigel Young / Foster + Partners
Bloomberg European Headquarters in London Building

Liminal by Wolfgang Buttress
Liminal by Wolfgang Buttress London Festival of Architecture 2019
image © Sam Scales

London Festival of Architecture City Parklets 2019

Flanders Architecture Institute Exhibition in London

LFA Thessaly Road Railway Bridge Contest
LFA Thessaly Road Railway Bridge Competition

LFA London Bridge Public Realm Competition Shortlist
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London Festival of Architecture Dulwich Pavilion Shortlist
Dulwich Pavilion London Festival of Architecture
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Dulwich Pavilion 2019

London Festival of Architecture 2017
London: Design Capital buildings image from LFA
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London Festival of Architecture 2017

London Festival of Architecture Installations 2016
Peckham Levels
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London Festival of Architecture Installation in Clerkenwell
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