ARCHITECT@WORK, the carefully curated two-day trade fair aimed at architects, designers and specifiers, will return to Olympia National Hall for its 2017 edition on 25th and 26th January.

120 leading European architectural suppliers will be showing innovative new products and offering the latest innovations in surface solutions, lighting technology as well as interior and exterior fixtures and fittings. All of these companies have gone through a rigorous selection process, with an external judging panel overseeing the product selection, to ensure that this is one of the UK’s most highly respected trade shows of its kind.

The theme for ARCHITECT@WORK UK 2017 is water. To honour this the SCIN GALLERY will present an exhibition focusing The Material Source: Materials that come from Water, The Physical Connection: Interacting with Water, The Chemical Reaction: Hydrophilic and Hydrophobic, and The Aesthetic Inspiration: Looking like Water.

ARCHITECT@WORK UK 2016 at Olympia. Credit Marek Sikora.

Another feature of this year’s edition is the exhibition Matière grise (GREY MATTER, Materials, Reuse, Architecture) by Pavillon de l’Arsenal. Architects Julien Choppin and Nicola Delon from the Encore Heureux architectural design agency explore the reuse of building materials at a time when architecture is aspiring to reinvent itself but restricted by economic and environmental constraints.

ARCHITECT@WORK has commissioned UK-based design and architectural journalist Giovanna Dunmall to conduct a series of eight interviews with architects, developers and engineers. These Innovative Interviews will be run in conjunction with RIBA Journal.

This year also sees the installation of the Pop Up Book Shop for Architects and Designers. Organised and run by RIBA, this store will give visitors an opportunity to browse and purchase publications touching on a particular area of specialisation or interest.


Wednesday, 25th January  

15:00   A bridge too far?

Roger Ridsdill Smith, Foster+Partners
Jonathan McDowell, Matter Architecture

16:15   Design driven by natural forces

Eleanor Young, RIBAJ
Ana Abram, Gustafson Porter
Jerry Tate, Tate Harmer

17:30   The British Land interview

Peter Murray, NLA
Senior figure, British Land


Thursday, 27th January

15:00   The amphibious city

Chris Romer-Lee, Studio Octopi
Carl Turner, Carl Turner Architects

16:15   Waterway development

Phineas Harper, the Architecture Foundation
Alex Ely, Mae Architects
Peter Chowns, Canal and River Trust

17:30   The Argent interview

Tom Goodall, Argent
David Michon, journalist 

RIBA J Pop Up Bookshop at ARCHITECT@WORK UK 2016. Credit Marek Sikora.

RIBA J Pop Up Bookshop at ARCHITECT@WORK UK 2016. Credit Marek Sikora.

ARCHITECT@WORK UK [] runs 1pm – 8pm, 25th and 26th January 2017 at Olympia, National Hall.

Register here [] using code 1340.

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