FX Talks 2017 VIP Speakers Announced

Everything you need to know about our exclusive VIP guests...

Can radical thinking change the way we think and live? How does this ideology influence our work as architects, designers and developers?

At the FX Talks 2017, on 18 May, we will be welcoming inspired thinkers from outside our industry to give us their inside view of how radical thinking can change the way we think and live. The thought-provoking talks will take on a TED-like format and will be presented in 15-minutes slots.

It's our speakers that truly make this event so special. We’re so excited to reveal our exclusive selection of VIP guests this year. Allow us to introduce, first up…

 Jonathon Porritt 

The original sustainable campaigner who made everyone ashamed that they hadn’t/didn’t value the Earth or its limited supply of energy. Now a government advisor. The original Swampy. His revolutionary campaign has formed government policy, and influenced government legislation for the whole world, not just architecture.

 Simon Allford 

Director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and Chairman of the Architecture Foundation, a trustee of the Architecture Association Foundation, and a visiting professor at The Bartlett, UCL and GSD Harvard. He was recently Vice President for Education at the RIBA and a Chair of Design Review at CABE. Simon engages in the broader architectural discussion as a frequent writer, critic, teacher, examiner, advisor and commentator.

 Joan Bakewell 

Writer, tv presenter, journalist and broadcaster Baronness Joan Bakewell DBE has delivered programmes for television and radio across arts, cultural, political, moral and ethical issues. For over 50 years, her intelligence and freedom of thought has influenced, educated and championed causes to help form public opinion and political policy.

 Tom Dyckhoff 

The presenter. Well respected in design journalism in both print (The Guardian) and frequently hosts on television for design programmes.

 Tim Hunkin 

Inventor. The Cambridge engineer who explained the science and history on Channel 4 of inventions for the o ice including the pioneering fax machine discovered in the 19 century – and why this and others, were never adopted for another 100 years.

  Michael Pawlyn 

He has been described as a pioneer of biomimicry, he cares passionately about the science of sustainability. He has been one of a handful of architects to have a talk posted on TED.com which has since received over one million viewings. He established Exploration Architecture in 2007.

After the lectures there will be plenty of opportunity to engage and share ideas with our VIP guests one-on-one, so don't miss out.

We promise it will be challenging and controversial evening. See you there!

Early bird tickets are available now for £50 increasing to £100 after 1 March. Book your tickets here.





Morgan Lovell

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