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Reinier de Graaf: Four Walls & A Roof

What is it like to work as an architect in 2017? Join architect and OMA partner Reinier de Graaf, as he discusses the key driving factors defining this complex profession today.

What to expect

In this talk, architect Reinier de Graaf reflects on his own experiences in the field, to reveal the world of contemporary architecture in vivid snapshots: from suburban New York to the rubble of northern Iraq, from the corridors of wealth in London, Moscow, and Dubai to garbage-strewn wastelands that represent the demolished hopes of postwar social housing.

De Graaf will share his views on the intricacies and complexities of architecture’s relationship to developers, politicians, bureaucrats, and consultants - whose interests and objectives are determining what and how architects design.

This event coincides with the launch of Reinier de Graaf new book, ‘Four Walls and a Roof, The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession’.

Part of the exhibition programme for Beazley Designs of the Year.

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Booking information

Adult £10
Student/Concession £7.50

Four Walls and a Roof by Reinier de Graaf

Arina Shinyokohama in Akihabara

Red Road Demolition

Natha Kensinger, Arverne, 2013


Reinier de Graaf

Reinier de Graaf is a partner at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), where he leads the work of its think tank AMO, leading various projects to demonstrate the wider relevance of architectural thinking beyond building.

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