Monday, 30 September 2013

FANN 13 – The Festival of Architecture for Norfolk and Norwich 10 October to 7 November

FANN13, the Norfolk Association of Architects’ biennial festival celebrating the county’s contemporary architecture, returns from Thursday 10 October to Thursday 7 November with a packed programme of events in Norwich.

Many of the events are free and include an exhibition showcasing Norfolk architects’ work and Perspectives talks at The Forum; The Norwich Lecture, this year given by internationally renowned award-winning architect Álvaro Siza Vieira at UEA; architecture inspired art at venues across the city; children’s events at Norwich Castle and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts; Tea with an Architect on Norwich Market; a photography competition in association with EDP ‘NorfolkIs’; Pattern Book an exhibition on tumblr by first year students at Norwich University of The Arts and films and a Pecha Kucha evening at Cinema City.

Matt Wood from Lucas Hickman Smith, Chair of the FANN 13 steering group said:  “We have created an exciting programme of activities in Norwich, which we hope will increase interest and understanding of the role that contemporary architecture plays in Norfolk’s cultural life and the changing face of the county. We are also looking forward to welcoming Álvaro Siza Vieira to Norwich. His lecture at UEA on 7 November will close the festival. Do come along and meet us at The Forum, enter our photography competition and take part in our events.”

For full details go to, email and follow the Festival on Twitter @ArchiFestival #FANN13 and Facebook.

FANN 13 Events

FANN 13 Exhibition: the Festival Exhibition at The Forum, Thursday 10 to Thursday 17 October and Sunday 20 to Wednesday 23 October inclusive, showcasing work of Norfolk’s architectural practices, in the city, county and further afield. Winning projects in the Norwich Society’s Annual Awards and the South Norfolk Council Design Awards will also feature. Meet and chat with local architects every day from 9am to 6pm.

Architects exhibiting: A Squared Architects, Chaplin Farrant, Keith Day Architects, DPA Architects, Feilden & Mawson, Hudson Architects, Ingleton Wood, Henry Kelf, Lambert Bardsley Reeve, LSI Architects, Lucas Hickman Smith, NPS Group, Parsons + Whittley, Margaret Paxton, Purcell Architects, Reynolds Jury Architecture, Roberts Molloy Associates, SMG Architects, Lewis + Tyrrell Architects and The Whitworth Co-Partnership.

Perspectives: a series of free early evening talks aimed at giving fresh perspective on architecture in the region:

 David Bussey on George Skipper, in association with the Sainsbury Centre’s Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia. Wednesday 16 October, 6.30pm to at The Curve in The Forum. David Bussey will discuss the work of leading Edwardian and Norwich born architect, George Skipper.
 John Worthington on Collaborative Urbanism: The Shaping of Enjoyable Places, in association with Norwich University of the Arts. Tuesday 22 October. 6.30pm to 7.30pm at The Lecture Theatre, NUA, Duke Street, Norwich. John Worthington is co-founder of DEGW, Director of the Academy of Urbanism and Patron of the Urban Design Group.
 Reenie Elliott on Invisible Architecture: Coast, Nature and Artifice
Wednesday 23 October, 6.30pm to 7.30pm at The Curve at The Forum
Contrasting American, Dutch and British examples, including tidal and extreme landscape conditions, architect Reenie Elliott considers how formal architectures are reclaimed for the wilderness. Challenging oppositions between nature and artifice, Reenie will discuss regional attitudes to these cultural constructions, and how they shape our understanding of architecture.

Junior Architects: Half-term events to inspire the budding architect.
 Curious Architecture: Norwich Castle, Timothy Gurney Gallery, 28 and 29 October, 11am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Design your own folly with help from local architects. Drop in family activity, free with museum entry.
 Space Shelters: Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA, 31 October, 10.30am to 3pm. Work with artist Liz Ballard and architect Liz Harris to build temporary shelters inspired by habitats designed for Mars and the Moon. Price: £18, £14 concessions; includes materials; Booking essential, t 01603 593199, event suitable for young people aged 12-15.

Playing with Space: a collection of short films and video-clips exploring how buildings and urban spaces are used and abused in a variety of unexpected, amusing and sometimes frightening ways. Sunday 20 October, 11am and 12 noon (runs 58 minutes), free event at Fusion, The Forum. Originally curated by Tim Philips and Norwich-based artists Townley & Bradby for firstsite in Colchester.

NUA Architecture: The Pattern Book – first-year architecture students from Norwich University of the Arts will be creating a live exhibition of their first impressions of Norwich, sharing pages from their sketchbooks via Tumblr and Twitter. Follow the online exhibition from 10 to 25 October at

FANN13 Pecha Kucha
Pecha Kucha is a fast-moving presentation format in which speakers talk to 20 slides each for exactly 20 seconds. Presentations can feature any creative subject, for example art, design, travel and food. But expect the FANN13 PK-Night to feature plenty of architecture! Cinema City Bar, Sunday 20 October, 20.20hrs. Anyone can register to present – see for more details.

Tea with an Architect: Norwich Market, Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October:
If you’re thinking about a building project but don’t know where to start, our Tea with an Architect event is a great opportunity for you to bring in your ideas, designs and questions for a free consultation with a local architect. Donations to Shelter, RIBA supported charity. Event in association with Norwich City Council, Tea With an Architect and The Little Red Roaster. To book an appointment go to

Norfolk Association of Architects’ Norwich Lecture 2013
Thursday 7 November, Lecture Theatre 1, UEA, 6.30pm for 7pm, free event.
The Norwich Lecture will be given by internationally renowned award-winning architect Álvaro Siza Vieira. His accolades include the 2009 RIBA Gold Medal, the Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion, the Pritzker prize and the International Union of Architects Gold Medal.

Photography Competition: Norfolk has many beautiful buildings and structures, old and new, side by side. Architecture surrounds you every day: your walk to work, your city, your village, your house. Together let’s paint a picture of the real Norfolk thorough the contemporary architecture that surrounds us. Open competition in association with EDP NorfolkIs; plus under-15 competition, see for more details (closing date 10 October).

Architecture in Film: architecture surrounds us, forming the backdrop for our daily lives. It is no surprise that it also features in films – rarely as the main event, but always adding atmosphere and context. A short series of films at Cinema City, Norwich:
 Red Road (18) (2006), directed by Andrea Arnold
Sunday 13 October at 5.20pm, introduced by Charles Barr, Professor Emeritus of Film Studies at UEA.
 A Clockwork Orange (18) (1971), directed by Stanley Kubrick
Thursday 17 October at 8.15pm, introduced by Peter Kramer, Senior Lecturer in Film Studies at UEA, and author of A Clockwork Orange (Controversies).
 Farenheit 451 (12A) (1966), directed by François Truffaut
Monday 21 October at 8.30pm, introduced by Dr. James Benedict Brown, Lecturer in Architecture at NUA.
See or call 0871 902 5724 for ticket prices.

Constructing Excellence AGM 2013 – The UEA Exemplar Low Carbon Building
A talk by Ben Binns of the UEA’s Adapt Low Carbon Group and Ben Humphries of Architype Architects. Monday 14 October 2013, 6.30pm to 8.30pm, The Curve at The Forum (see for booking details).