Year Zero is back for its second series at the Soane. Six speakers come together to discuss tipping points in architecture.

For the most part, architectural history in Britain is the story of gradual change and evolution, of long term trends that give meaning to events as they unfold, even moments of apparent crescendo and climax. From time to time, however, old certainties are overturned, new ideas break free and the clock of history is reset: we call this a Year Zero.

In the third talk, Kate Jordan, architectural historian and theorist, discusses 1877: the year of the publication of the SPAB manifesto and the emergence of the conservation movement.

Kate Jordan is a Senior Lecturer in Architectural History and Theory at the University of Westminster. She has a particular interest in architectural heritage and conservation, having served on the Twentieth Century Society Casework Committee and currently teaching a Masters module on conservation and adaptive reuse. She has published and lectured widely on the architecture of faith in modern Britain and her research in this field was shortlisted for the RIBA President's Award for Research in History and Theory, 2016. 

About the series:

This series, in its second iteration and organised in partnership with Machine Books - invites writers, critics, historians and architects to identify and reflect on a single Year Zero – when the trajectories of architectural and broader history connect and coincide and the status quo is changed forever. Each speaker has written a complimentary essay, available to purchase as an ebook, discussing their own Year Zero.

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 or 020 7405 2107.

Tickets are refundable up to 7 days before the event, after which point they are non-refundable or exchangeable.

Event Info

04 Mar 2020

19:00 to 20:00

£10 / £5 students