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Unpacking and Rethinking ‘Pastiche’: London, 17-19 February 2014

Modern traditional architecture is often dismissed by its detractors as pastiche, a term intended to accuse buildings of non-innovative mimicry and of being hollow imitations which are not of their time’s. Copying is, however, something that all architects undeniably do, which in turn raises questions over the purity of copies, the styles being copied, and the accepted levels of eclecticism.

How should today’s traditional architects tackle the pastiche problem? Is the term pastiche’s necessarily an insult, or should traditional architects reconsider their definition of pastiche and the connotations of designing pastiche architecture, and encourage the rest of the industry to follow suit? These events will combine a very current subject for debate with visits, observation, and discussion.

All daytime events and evening lectures will take place at
The Prince’s Foundation | 19-22 Charlotte Road | London | EC2A 3SG.

The programme of free public events is outlined below. To reserve your place, please contact| +44 (0)20 7613 8578.

Monday 17 February


18.30 – Public lectures on event theme

  • Ethan Anthony (Cram & Ferguson) From Pugin to Cram: the Influence of the English Gothic Revival on American Architecture
  • Harriet Wennberg (INTBAU)  Pastiche in Bermudian Architecture
  • David Mayernik (University of Notre Dame School of Architecture) The Challenge of Emulation in Art and Architecture

Tuesday 18 February


14.00 – Walking tour of the Strand, Piccadilly, and Mayfair with discussion of event theme, to include:

  • King’s College London Strand Campus College Chapel
  • One Eagle Place
  • 198-202 Piccadilly
  • Lutyens’ Banking Hall
  • Richard Green GalleryThis tour is now fully booked. Names are being taken for a waiting list in the event places become available.

Wednesday 19 February

Morning / Afternoon

10.00- 16.00 Visit to Oxford and walking tour of ICTP members college projects with discussion of event theme

This tour is now fully booked. Names are being taken for a waiting list in the event places become available.


18.30 – 20.30 Public lectures on event theme

  • Robert Adam (ADAM Architecture)  The Great Reservoir of History: inaccuracy, misunderstanding and miscellany in architecture
  • Sean Griffiths (FAT Architecture) The Figural Section
  • Alireza Sagharchi (Stanhope Gate Architecture + Urban Design) Summary and Conclusion, including moderated discussion and debate amongst ICTP and audience members


A selection of images showing possible definitions of pastiche, ranging from the reconstructed Globe Theatre, to a project in Egypt by architect Michael Graves, to The Shard.