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Architecture Festival

01st April 2010

The Architecture Festival is a nationwide celebration of architecture which is held in June each year. Originally called Architecture Week the event is now in its fourteenth year. Nationally, the festival is co-ordinated by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). The events in Guildford are organised by the Guildford Society Design and Heritage Group.

Architecture 2010 started with the Annual Lecture at the University of Surrey and is reported elsewhere in this Website.

The Festival included nine other events  held during the week 20th- 27th June. The programme contained talks and an exhibition – all held this year in the Guildford Institute – and external activities.

The photographic exhibition was assembled by the Guildford Photographic Society in partnership with the Design and Heritage group. The theme was “A Celebration of Guildford’s Architecture” and included a celebration of the Guildford Society’s 75th Anniversary.   Alongside these, there were pictures of the buildings and projects nominated for the Guildford Society biennial Design Awards 2010. The exhibition remained open until July 15th.

On the Sunday, Pat Grayburn (see Architecture Lecture report) and Professor Stephen Baker, from the university, led an Architecture and Sculpture walk on the University campus, which was attended by 37 people.

There were two events on the Tuesday. A lunch time talk by Doug Scott on “How do we save Guildford’s Historic Streets?”, attended by 25 people and an evening walk led by Michael Jeffrey to judge the town centre nominations for the Design Awards. This walk was attended by 23 people and concluded at the Star Inn in Quarry St, which has recently been restored.

On Wednesday, Chris Mansfield, Head of Economic Development at Guildford Borough Council, gave an interesting talk on current developments including Slyfield. This attracted 55 people.   

There were two events, again, on Thursday. A lunch time talk by Robin Stannard on “Henry Woodyer, Gentleman Architect in Surrey”: which attracted 30 people.   And there was an evening car tour to view the out of town Design Award Nominations, including the Surrey Sport Park and the Guildford School of Acting at the University: 20 people attended.

On the final Sunday, Doug Scott led a walk exploring Guildford’s historic streets. 17 people decided to come, despite 30 degree temperatures and clashing with the England v Germany World Cup football.

Finally, the exhibition included a ballot box for the People’s Choice, Design Award.