London Festival of Architecture goes digital

Written on 8 June 2020 by Giles Cook in London

The London Festival of Architecture (LFA) is an annual event showcasing cutting edge design and amazing buildings across the capital. This year the event has gone digital – and you can catch its eclectic mix of sessions until 30 June.


According to the festival’s director, Tamsie Thomson: “LFA Digital is full of content that is experimental, daring and challenging – but also plenty of fun.

“This extraordinary programme for extraordinary times is designed to appeal to a global public audience, and I cannot wait for the LFA’s latest edition to begin.”

Highlights include BARE Design Studio’s #HomeVisions19, which connects top architects with homeowners. Post photos of your home alongside details of your dream project and architects will respond in sketch form. Or take part in 30-minute digital design surgeries with award-winning practice Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects on 27 June.

There’s no denying that baking has been a big feature of lockdown, so look out for this year’s Architecture Bake Off competition. Skyscrapers will be fashioned out of sponge and historical sites built from gingerbread – let’s hope the contestants can find enough flour.

For a fascinating look at a city in conflict, Live from Aleppo offers a real-time tour of the heritage sites in the old city of Aleppo, Syria, from 12 to 13 June.

Closer to home, Power of Public Realm looks at how our public spaces will adapt to changing needs after lockdown. Catch it from 22 to 26 June.

And if you think you know London buildings, put your knowledge to the test in the annual LFA pub quiz on 16 June. It’s free to join but you need to pre-register.

Read more about this story in the Evening Standard Homes & Property. See the full programme of events at

Giles Cook

Giles recently joined Best Gapp in 2017 as Partner Designate and Head of Residential Agency, bringing over 20 years’ experience to the firm. Following a three-year stint as an Area Director for Foxtons, he went on to head up Chestertons’ sales and lettings operations in central London, before becoming a Partner at top Knightsbridge boutique WA Ellis.

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