Love Architecture Festival

Organiser: RIBA North West
Location: Various

Come and join the fun at the Royal Institute of British Architects' (RIBA) new festival of architecture, Love Architecture, from 15 – 24 June 2012. The festival offers the chance to get involved in a host of activities, including events specifically for children and families. The North West region has activities ranging from city tours to sandcastle competitions, from exhibitions to a chance to try your hand at the latest LEGO architecture series.

Some of the events taking place around the North West are as follows:

A Place to Call Home

15 June – 9 September, 9.00am – 8.00pm daily, The Equator, Mann Island, Liverpool Waterfront, FREE

Home is an essential part of us all. The places that we live in are extensions of our everyday lives. This hugely popular RIBA exhibition, co-curated by Sarah Beeny, transfers from London to Liverpool and charts the story of the design and appeal of everyday homes in the UK.

Building in the Country

15 June – 24 June, open daily, Lakeland, Windermere, FREE

Celebrate the work of local architects and discover how they balance modern design with historical settings at this special exhibition. The public will also be asked to vote for their favourite project.

Love Sandcastles Competition (Family)

16 June, 11.00am – 4.00pm, West Kirby Beach, Wirral, FREE

Bring along a bucket and spade and join Liv:Creative for a fun family day out on the beach. There will be several different categories to enter to suit all ages and skill levels.

We Love LEGO

20 June, 6.00 – 7.30pm, John Dalton Building East, Chester Road, Manchester
£6/£4.20 concessions

Senior Design Manager at LEGO, Simon Kent, offers a unique insight into the world of LEGO and how his own training as a product designer led to having one of the best jobs in the world on the LEGO Creator design team. There will also be a chance to win a special LEGO prize!

Football + Community + Architecture

21 June, 2.00 – 5.00pm, John Dalton Building West, Chester Road, Manchester
£4/£2 concessions

Andy Walsh of FC United will be amongst the speakers who will be examining the connection of the community to football and develop ideas on how this connection can be expanded to enrich the architectural agenda.

Beat the Architect! (Family)

23 June, 10.00am – 1.00pm, LEGO store, Liverpool ONE, FREE

Your chance to take on a team of architects at a LEGO building challenge and showcase your design skills. The architects will also take requests!

RIBA Liverpool City Tours: Gateway to the World

3/10/16/24 June, 11am – 1pm & 6/13/20/27 June 2 – 4pm
£7.50 / £4.50 concessions

Call 0151 707 0729 to book

Liverpool established its international reputation as the pre-eminent gateway for shipping, trade and the movement of people leaving one continent to find new lives in another. The city that was created to service this exchange is rich in its buildings, streets and public spaces. Many of these have changed use since they were originally built, helping to create the vibrant modern Liverpool that exists today.

The RIBA guides will lead a walking tour that puts the spotlight on key buildings and spaces that form part of the contemporary city landscape, its characters, its commerce and its culture.

RIBA Liverpool City Tours: City of Culture, Learning & Faiths

2/9/16/23/30 June, 10.30am – 12.30pm

£7.50 / £4.50 concessions

Call 0151 707 0729 to book

Join the RIBA Liverpool City Guides on a walking tour around Hope Street, one of the most important streets in the city and discover more about the buildings and spaces that have influenced generations. Starting at one cathedral and ending at another (not many cities can boast that!), the tour tells the tale of a street that has inspired creativity and gives you a taste of the arts, education, music, politics, religion and even places to relax and unwind in. There will be the chance to view the interior of some buildings.

RIBA CPD: The setting of heritage assets

20 June – Manchester, 1.30 – 4.30pm John Dalton Building, Manchester Metropolitan Building, Oxford Street, Manchester M15 6BH

21 June – Liverpool, 9.30am – 12.30pm Art & Design Academy, John Moores University, Duckinfield Street, Liverpool L3 5RD

This seminar will examine implications of policies on setting in the new National Planning Policy Framework and the National Planning Policy Statements.

The course will look at guidance recently published by English Heritage, and the heritage values enshrined in their Conservation Principles Policy and Guidance.

Speaker: Steven Bee, Urban Counsel

Cost: CPD Club Members: one place per ticket

RIBA/CIAT Members: £55 + VAT

RIBA student Members: £15 + VAT

Others: £80 + VAT

For more information or to book please call Sian Edgerton on 0151 703 0107 or e-mail

For more information on the festival and to view all the events taking place, please go to

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