Amanda Levete in conversation with Dr Tristram Hunt
Amanda Levete, Founder and Principal of AL_A and Dr Tristram Hunt, Director of London's Victoria & Albert Museum, will discuss Exhibition Road Quarter — the Kensington instiution's largest construction in over 100 years, which opened to the public in June. The development includes a new entrance to the museum, the world’s first porcelain courtyard and an underground gallery providing 1,110 square metres of column-free exhibition space. The pair will discuss the challenges and opportunities of working within an iconic 165-year-old British institution, as well as how the project compares with Levete’s radically contemporary design for the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology, which opened along the banks of the Tagus in Lisbon in 2016.
Founded in 2009, AL_A’s ongoing international commissions include remodelling Galeries Lafayette Haussmann in Paris; a new Maggie’s centre in Southampton; The Courtyard, a series of mixed-use developments across Moscow; and two new buildings for Wadham College, University of Oxford.
An historian by background, Dr Tristram Hunt was previously MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central and Shadow Secretary of State for Education.