History and modernity: a tale of two museums

Saturday 22 September | 2.30pm–3.30pm

Against the historic backdrop of Chatsworth, RIBA Stirling Prize winning architect Amanda Levete CBE, looks at the dialogue between history and modernity in two very different museums, the V&A in London and the Museum of Art, Architecture & Technology – MAAT – in Lisbon.

In an exploration of these two recently completed projects, Levete shows how architects today respond when they come up against the resistance of history and how they develop bolder ideas because resistance forces them to think harder. Examining these museums’ contrasting but equally rich settings, she shows how innovation and respect for history can not only coexist but also capture the public imagination. 

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More about Amanda Levete CBE

Amanda Levete founded AL_A, an international award-winning architecture studio in 2009. Recently completed projects include the Victoria & Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter (2017) in London; MAAT (2016), the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon; Central Embassy (2017), a 1.5 million sq ft luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok; and a 13-hectare media campus masterplan and a 37,700 metre sq headquarter building for Sky (2016) in London.

Ongoing commissions include the transformation of the flagship Galleries Lafayette department store in Paris; a new centre for the cancer care charity Maggie’s in Southampton; two new buildings for Wadham College at the University of Oxford, and the Monte St Angelo subway station in Naples in collaboration with Anish Kapoor.

Levete is a regular radio and TV broadcaster, writes for a number of publications including the New Statesman and Prospect and lectures throughout the world. For over a decade, she was a trustee of both the leading social innovation centre the Young Foundation and the influential arts organisation Artangel.

After training at the Architectural  Association she worked for Richard Rogers before joining Future Systems as a partner in 1989, where she realised ground-breaking buildings including the Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground and Selfridges department store in Birmingham.

Banner image: Amanda Levete copyright Peter Guenzel