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WIENERBERGER - “Architecture Begins When Two Bricks Are Put Together Well...” (Mies van der Rohe)

The Wienerberger Lecture,

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London

7pm, 11th October 2010

Taking as his theme, Mies van der Rohe’s comment that ‘architecture began when two bricks were put together well’, architectural critic, author and broadcaster Jonathan Glancey will be giving the last in the present series of Wienerberger- sponsored lectures at the RIBA next month.

Open to architects, designers, landscape architects and students of related disciplines, the Wienerberger lectures have become something of a fixture in recent years. Held twice-yearly, former speakers have included former RIBA President George Ferguson, historian and academic Dr James Campbell, architect/broadcaster Maxwell Hutchison and the current RIBA President, Angela Brady.

Jonathan Glancey is currently Architecture and Design Editor of The Guardian – a position originally created for him at The Independent. Prior to this, he was Assistant Editor of The Architectural Review, editor of The Architect and a founding editor of Blueprint. Described as a ‘wonderful communicator’ by Norman Foster, Jonathan is a frequent contributor to television and radio debates on the built environment, a well-respected author* and Honorary Fellow of the RIBA.

Visiting the world’s very first cities in the deserts of southern Iraq in 2003, Jonathan was struck that these were the very bricks that had formed the building blocks of civilisation. He recognised that the imminent military invasion and its aftermath would stop people from visiting these cities for many years to come. In his talk, Jonathan will explore the elemental nature of brick as a building material and explain how and why it has gone in and out of fashion in recent decades. He will also be ‘interviewing’ a pair of bricks to discover more about their essential role in buildings ancient and modern.

The last in this series of Wienerberger lectures will take place at the RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD on Monday, 11th October (doors open from 6.30pm). The event is free but spaces are extremely limited and anyone wishing to attend should register their interest. To book a place please email:

Email: architect@wienerberger.co.uk


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