RIBA hosts an evening of attempted stand-up comedy with MC Steve Cross, to raise money for the RIBA Student Hardship Fund which helps to make architecture accessible to all. Featuring a line-up of experts from across the world of architecture, from creators of iconic buildings, to people who train new architects and historians who try to understand how we ended up with the buildings and cities we have now.
Join us for a night of learning cunningly disguised as a hilarious evening out!
Acts confirmed so far include:
Edward M. Williams is founder of Edward Williams Architects, established in 2011. Prior to this, Edward was a partner at Hopkins Architects where he worked on key projects including Glyndebourne Opera House, Wellcome Trust, Princeton University Chemistry Faculty Building and the Macmillan Cancer Centre at UCLH. Edward is a Trustee of the American Friends of the British Architectural Library and former RIBA Honorary Librarian.
Hannah Cameron studied Landscape Architecture with Planning at the University of Sheffield, and is Resident Designer at FabLab, a makerspace in London. She worked in an architecture office in Shanghai, China for 3 years “where all manner of mad things broke loose".
Darren Bray is Technical Director of the multi award winning Pad Studio, the 2014 RIBA South Emerging Practice of the Year. As a member of 'Architects for Change', established to challenge and support equality of opportunity and diversity, Darren was appointed as a result of his work as an RIBA Role Model, working to challenge stereotypes about who architects are, the background they come from and the work they do.
Virginia Newman is an architect with over 30 years' experience and a Director of KSR Architects in London. She has always taken an active role in the profession and is the RIBA's Ambassador for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Her uncanny ability to forget punchlines will be hugely valuable in keeping an audience on the edge of their seats.
Maria Smith is an architect and founding director of transdisciplinary architecture and engineering practice Interrobang. Prior to this, Maria was a founding director of multi-award-winning art and architecture practice Studio Weave. Maria writes a monthly column on architectural practice in the RIBAJ, is co-curator of politics and architecture debates, Turncoats; an external examiner at the University of Sheffield and Centre for Alternative Technology; Creative Director of the 2016 RIBA Guerrilla Tactics Conference; and a trustee of The Architecture Foundation.
Bhavani Esapathi holds many faces from public speaking on the state of the creative industries, Director of MOOC: Managing the Arts to founding the startup The Invisible Labs; focussed on creative solutions within healthcare. Her claims to fame include having successfully completed a Masters without ever having been to school and 'never having held a real job'.
Mike Mc Mahon when not performing comedy is a project architect at Eric Parry Architects, working on 4 Pancras Square at Kings Cross. He has performed comedy in London, Ireland, Belgium and Holland, in venues such as The Comedy Store in Leicester Square and the Kings of Comedy club in Brussels. His performances have been described as a 'whirlwind of crazy'.
Lauren Geisler spent nearly ten years working in housing, planning and conservation before joining the RIBA’s Digital team. She once won an award from Cosmopolitan Magazine for trying to be funny about relationships, and has performed stand-up before, but not in her own workplace.
Our host Dr Steve Cross is a comedian who specialises in helping clever people to be funny. He's one half of the book-ruining podcast Masterpiece Bookshelf and the founder of Bright Club and Science Showoff. He has previously failed in careers in science, museum curation and university administration.
Limited Premium tickets available! Includes a free copy of A Magazine for Architecture - the exclusive RIBA Friends of Architecture magazine - and a reserved seat.
About the RIBA Student Hardship Fund:
Increasing numbers of architecture students are facing financial hardship continuing their studies. The RIBA provides grants to those students most in need through our Student Hardship Fund. The purposes of the RIBA Student Hardship Funds are to:
· Alleviate financial hardship of students of architecture
· Assist students financially in gaining professional experience
· Widen participation in architectural education
· Reduce student drop-out rates