People and Places


The Architecture Centre celebrates its 20th birthday with a special programme of events

This year the Architecture Centre has been marking its 20th birthday with a year-long programme celebrating People and Places. The programme reaches its peak this September with a month of architecture and design events in Bristol. Bookended by the Centre’s retrospective exhibition in early September and the Bristol800 Weekender at the end of the month, the annual highlight of Bristol Doors Open Day is sandwiched in the middle. For 20 years the Architecture Centre has aimed to inspire, inform and involve people to help shape great places. The anniversary events will bring alive what has always been and will always be at the core of the Architecture Centre’s existence – a curious mind and a passion for great architecture and design. Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England said: “The Architecture Centre has done a brilliant job developing creative and artistic engagement with architecture over the last 20 years. It is an organisation that consistently challenges itself to innovate, excel and take artistic risks, combining a passion for design excellence with a great track record for bringing people and places together.”

Programme highlights include: Place, Time + Architecture: 20 years of people and places (9 September – 13 November), a retrospective exhibition presenting a review of Bristol architecture and design over the last 20 years. Taking stock and looking ahead it considers what the future might be for one of the city’s most contested spaces – Castle Park; Bristol’s biggest ever Open Doors festival (10–11 September) with more than 80 venues opening their doors, offering free activities and behind-the-scenes access and The Weekend (24–25 September) when visitors can dive headfirst into architecture and enjoy a range of free activities from guided walks to advice sessions, from live illustration to exhibition tours at the Centre’s Harbourside home. On Sunday join the Architecture Centre’s big birthday party as they transform Narrow Quay into a village green with family friendly activities, a fun palace by the Shape My City young people, an architectural cake competition and lots of creations and interventions by UWE’s Masters of Architecture students, as well as the culmination of Sounding City by Jennie Savage. 

When: September 1–30

Where: The Architecture Centre


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