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Ascribing Value: The Production and Collection of Architectural Drawings

A two-day conference celebrating the coming together of the archtectural collections of Royal Institute of British Architects and the V&A.

Drawing is key to the design process of architecture – even today, with the ascendance of computer-aided design, hand drawing still plays a vital part in the creative method. Reflecting architecture itself, architectural drawings are both practical objects and things of beauty. Ascribing Value brings together a broad range of distinguished speakers including leading practitioners, curators, archivists, collectors and historians. Speakers will examine how the creators of such drawings use them as notations and expressions of the acts of looking, thinking and designing; how curators, historians and archivists see drawings as caches of unique information; and how collectors, dealers and patrons respond to the values proposed in such works. Drawings and objects from the V&A+RIBA collections will be presented for handling and discussion by curators and invited academics in a series of lunchtime seminars.

The conference will be of special interest to architectural, design and cultural historians, architects, museum curators, museum studies students, and those with a keen interest in collecting architecture, illustration and design. The conference is supported by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

Takes place over two day - 3 & 4 February 2006.


Frank Salmon | talks
David Chipperfield | talks
Mariet Willinge | talks
Alan Powers | talks
Paul Brislin | talks
Jo Ronaldson | talks
Michael Snodin | talks
Howard Shubert | talks
C.J. Lim | talks
Irena Murray | talks
Aaron Betsky | talks
Marie-Ange Brayer | talks
Professor John Harris | talks | www
Charles Hind | talks
Niall Hobhouse | talks
Wim de Wit | talks
Tom Avermaete | talks
Gerald Beasley | talks
Margaret Richardson | talks
Eleanor Gawne | talks
Colin Cunningham | talks
Adrian Forty | talks
Sally Watson | talks
Howard Burns | talks
Eamon Canniffe | talks
Mary Guyatt | talks
Robert Elwall | talks
Professor Gavin Stamp | talks
Gordon Higgott | talks
Susan Pugh | talks


Date and Time:

3 February 2006 at 10:30 am


Full Day



Victoria and Albert Museum (learning)
Learning and Interpretation
The V&A Museum, Cromwell Road
+44 20 79 42 21 89

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Full rate: £51 per day. There is a discount price of £94 for those booking both days of the conferen

Available from:

V&A Bookings Office: 0207 942 2211 or e-mail bookings.office@vam.ac.uk

Additional Information:

Please go to the V&A website - www.vam.ac.uk for further details and other programmes.

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