A series of talks debating one of architecture’s most contested subjects: style. In the fourth event, Robert Adam, Director of ADAM architecture, defends Classicism.

Classicism, in its purest form, survives today among a band of dedicated enthusiasts, having lived through a see-saw of revivals and innovations and made unfashionable by 20th century Modernism. But with each stage of discovery of the Classical past, the style was reshaped into something of its own time. Could it be said that the rejection of Classicism, and any of its reinventions, is a rejection of a continued, collective cultural identity? In this talk, Robert Adam provides some answers.

About the series

Style: In Defence of... is the second series of talks examining the content and context of style, organised in partnership with Machine Books, the Future Cities Project and series editor, Austin Williams. Across five talks, leading experts defend their chosen style, confronting us with new ideas for contemplation and critique. The 30 minute presentations are followed by a 30 minute audience discussion.

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Doors open at 18:45. We are in a Grade I listed, 19th-century building, so access is not always straightforward. If you require step-free access or extra assistance, please contact us in advance of your booking on admin@soane.org.uk or 020 7405 2107.

Event Info

25 Oct 2017

19:00 - 20:00


£10 / £5 students


Style: In Defence of ...