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UK Architecture Centres
Centres for architecture and the built environment have emerged throughout the UK over the past ten years. This is in response to a growing interest in the design and the development of our towns and cities. These centres can be both actual and virtual, and provide a mixture of activities and programmes for the public to enjoy - be they exhibitions, talks, debates, tours or bookshops.
Architecture Centre Bristol

Narrow Quay - Bristol BS1 4QA
T: +44 (0)117 922 1540
F: +44 (0)117 922 1541
E: architecture.centre@ukgateway.net
W: www.arch-centre.demon.co.uk
opening hours: Tuesday - Friday 11:00am-5:00pm - Sat & Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm

Established in 1996, the centre promotes understanding and appreciation of the built environment through exhibitions, talks, guided city walks and work with schools. It has a small gallery, shop and seminar suite, based in a converted 18th century sailmakers' loft in Bristol Harbourside, next to the Arnolfini Art Gallery.
Architecture Foundation (London)
60 Bastwick Street - London EC1V 3TN
T: +44 (0)20 7253 3334
F: +44 (0)20 7253 3335
E: mail@architecturefoundation.org.uk
W: www.architecturefoundation.org.uk
Established in 1991, this independent organisation promotes public participating in architecture through a programme of community-led initiatives, debates, and exhibitions focused upon institutional agencies. The Foundation is currently acquiring a new home near the Tate Modern.
Building Exploratory (London)
The Professional Development Centre Albion Drive - Hackney E8 4ET
T: +44 (0)20 7275 8555
F: +44 (0)20 7275 9184
E: mail@buildingexploratory.org.uk
W: www.buildingexploratory.org.uk
The Building Exploratory is an education and resource centre with a unique permanent hands-on exhibition for children (and adults who like to play). Based in a former school building in Hackney, it is designed to help local communities understand and appreciate their area.
Centre for Design (Leeds)

8 Woodhouse Square - Leeds LS3 1AD
T: +44 (0)113 245 6250
F: +44 (0)113 242 6791
E: riba.yorkshire@inst.riba.org
W: www.riba-yorkshire.com

The aims of the Concourse Centre for Design are to raise the profile of design in the built environment and demonstrate the benefits to society. To rais understanding of architecture, urban design and planning an related ussues. It wants to provide a regional network between related professionals and to improve regional capacity through demonstrating practice. Provide a focal point in Leeds for architecture, urban design and related matters.
CUBE (Manchester)
113-115 Portland Street-Manchester M1 6FB
T: +44 (0)161 237 5525
F: +44 (0)161 236 5815
E: info@cube.org.uk
W: www.cube.org.uk
Opening hours: Tues-Fri 12:00pm-5:30pm - Sat & Sun 12:00pm-4:00pm. Closed on Monday & during installation of exhibitions.
"Centre for Urbanism and the Built Environment" A new venue for architecture and design in the North West of England with five galleries including the Marks and Spencer Children's Gallery and the Now gallery and an architectural bookshop. Regular exhibitions on architecture and design and an on-going programme of lectures, debates and seminars. "dedicated to broadcasting the ideas and issues that lie behind the buildings, spaces and environments that make up our built environment".
Kent Architecture Centre

Chatham Historic Dockyard - Kent ME4 4TZ
T: +44 (0)1634 401166
F: +44 (0)1634 403302
E: info@kentarchitecture.co.uk
W: www.architecturecentre.org

The Kent Architecture Centre aims to enhance public understanding of the importance of architecture and help bring about an improvement in the quality of the built environment through a range of activities. The Centre's regeneration team engages community participation through architectural, planning and design led projects.
Lighthouse

11 Mitchell Lane - Glasgow G1 3NU
T: +44 (0)141 221 6362
F: +44 (0)141 221 6395
E: enquiries@thelighthouse.co.uk
W: www.thelighthouse.co.uk
Opening hours: Mon-Wed -Fri-Sat 10:30am-6:00pm - Tues 11:00am-6:00pm - Thurs 10:30am-8:00pm - Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm

Scotland's Centre for Architecture, Design and the City is based in the former Glasgow Herald newspaper building. The converted building has three main galleries, a review gallery for new product design, a permanent collectionof design artefacts, a Charles Rennie Mackintosh Interpretation Centre, shop, café and restaurant.
Liverpool Architecture & Design Trust

45 JOrdan Street - Liverpool L1 0BW
T: +44 (0)151 233 1207
F: +44 (0)151 233 1206
E: info@ladt.org.uk
W: www.ladt.org.uk

The Liverpool Architecture an Design Trust is an educational trust pormoting awareness and appreciation of architecture and design amongst adults and young people, effecting the improvement of the quality of design and the urban environment education programme in schools across Merseyside.
London Open House

Unit 1C Linton House - 39-51 Highgate Road - London NW5 1RS
T: +44 (0)20 7267 2070
F: +44 (0)20 7267 2822
E: send@londonopenhouse.org
W: www.londonopenhouse.org

LOH is a registered educational charity and organises the annual Open House event each September. In 2002 this was supplemented by the children-only Junior Open House event for 1000 children from 15 central London schools. LOH also runs a variety of architectural projects throughout the year, together with a series of London tours for the general public.

Through ArchitectureLink it publishes resource materials for children and teachers.

Northern Architecture (Newcastle)

Blackfriars - Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4XN
T: +44 (0)191 260 2191
F: +44 (0)191 260 2191
E: info@north.org.uk
W: www.north.org.uk

Northern Architecture is a virtual agency as a conduit and catalyst to raise the awareness and understanding of architecture and the built environment across the North of England. A regional programme af activity is deliverd through a network of partner vernues and organisations throughout County Durham, Cumbria, Northumberland, Teeside and Wear.
RIBA Architecture Gallery
66 Portland Place - London W1B 1AD
T: +44 (0)20 7580 5533
F: +44 (0)20 7307 3703
E: gallery@inst.riba.org
W: www.architecture.com
Opening hours: Tues-Sat 11am-5pm
Established in 1995, a venue for exhibitions on architecture. The Gallery seeks to make architecture accessible to as wide an audience as possible, both regionally and internationally. Three galleries with bookshop and café, but latterly with a much reduced programme.
 
   
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