The NLA Programme

NLA’s year-round programme examines all sectors of London’s built environment from housing to commercial development, regeneration to infrastructure, as well as major areas of opportunity across the capital.

A carefully curated mix of research, events and exhibitions provides comprehensive coverage of the issues affecting London’s changing physical environment.

Download our programme topics and a more detailed 3 month programme, October - December 2018 here.

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Bloomsbury Festival at NLA


-21 October 2018

Visit NLA during the Bloomsbury Festival for an exciting programme of family workshops, exhibitions and model talks. All events are free!

NLA Programme on the London Stand at MIPIM UK


17 -18 October 2018

Join the NLA team on the London Stand at MIPIM UK. Alongside an exhibition showcasing London’s best development opportunities, the dedicated London stage hosts an NLA-curated programme of talks. Themes will follow the wider MIPIM UK programme and include Investment, housing and innovation.

Choose Construction: careers advice and networking for years 10-13

Learning event , Monday 22 October 2018


The Construction Industry needs you! Did you know that there are thousands of opportunities for talented young people within UK Construction?

NLA Study Tour: Television Centre

Study Tour, Thursday 25 October 2018


Join NLA as we visit the revamped Television Centre complex in the rapidly changing area of White City.

Factory-made Housing: moving modular

Lunchtime Talk, Friday 26 October 2018


This lunchtime talk will look at how movable, temporary housing works in practice. How easy is it to disassemble modular housing units, transport them to a new location and reassemble? We’ll be exploring examples where this process is at play and asking what role this might play in providing homes, as well as other uses for Londoners.

Where on earth can London build 100,000 homes a year?

Evening Discussion, Monday 29 October 2018

18.30 – 21:00

Housing experts will discuss where London, constrained by the Metropolitan Green Belt, can find the space to build 100,000 homes every year - a revised target called for by the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Waltham Forest: hotspot for creative-led growth

On Location, Tuesday 30 October 2018


One of the fastest growing economies in the capital and recently named by the Mayor of London as the first London Borough of Culture, Waltham Forest is seeing unprecedented opportunities to grow and create exciting places for existing as well as new communities that live and work in the borough.

New London Neighbourhood Tour - Bloomsbury & Fitzrovia

Walking Tours, Wednesday 31 October 2018


This Halloween, join us as we discover the historic estate neighbourhoods of Fitzrovia and Bloomsbury. Traversing either side of the Tottenham Court Road artery in the heart of central London, we explore the area’s diverse mix of hospitality, workspace, education, retail and residential uses.

NYLON: Regional planning in New York and London

NYLON, Wednesday 31 October 2018


In 2017, New York’s Regional Plan Association (RPA) released its Fourth Regional Plan, looking at the Tri-State metropolitan area in its totality. In the same year, the Mayor of London released the draft New London Plan for Greater London, which addresses but does not resolve London’s relationship with its neighbouring counties. Is it time we think more strategically across the London boundary as has our New York counterpart?

Factory-made Housing: curator-led tour

Curator-led Tours, Friday 2 November 2018


How are we employing innovative models of construction and delivery to meet the homes needed in the capital each year? How do we achieve a truly ‘modular mindset’ to realise the potential of these innovations?

Factory-made Housing: timber tour with Waugh Thistleton Architects

Study Tour, Friday 2 November 2018


As part of the series exploring factory-made homes, Waugh Thistleton, experts in designing with Cross Laminated Timber, guide a tour of Hackney - the CLT capital of London.

Factory-made Housing: learning from postwar ‘prefab’

Breakfast Talk , Friday 9 November 2018


The failure of many of the postwar ‘prefab’ and system-built blocks has resulted in widespread negative perceptions about ‘prefabrication’ that endure today, but how are we doing things differently now?

New London Neighbourhood Tour - Shoreditch

Walking Tours, Saturday 10 November 2018


Join NLA as we explore Shoreditch, London’s creative urban neighbourhood with an ever-changing supply of start-ups, independent cafes, event spaces and pop-up retail. Discover an area of east London undergoing unprecedented transformation through infrastructure, innovation and mixed-use development.

Undergraduate Architecture: Portfolio Advice Surgeries for 16-19 year olds

Learning event , Monday 12 November 2018


If you’re applying to study architecture in September 2019 this portfolio surgery is your chance to get advice from practicing architects before the January UCAS deadline.

Factory-made Housing: a tour of NU Build Factory

Study Tour, Wednesday 21 November 2018


As part of the series exploring factory-made housing, Swan Housing are opening it’s factory doors to NLA members, providing a tour of their NU Build factory. Expect behind-the-scenes exploration and insight into their innovative approach to housing production.

Borough Strategies 2018: delivering London’s growth

Breakfast Talk , Friday 23 November 2018

08:30-09:30 (Registration from 08:00)

In an effort to help stem the housing crisis, Mayor Sadiq Khan’s new London Plan has increased housing targets almost unilaterally across London’s local authorities.

London and Vancouver: Sustainable cities

International Dialogue , Tuesday 27 November 2018


With the Mayor’s ambitious target of making London a zero-carbon city and at least 50 per cent green by 2050, this international dialogue brings London together with Vancouver to investigate plans to make Vancouver the ‘greenest city’ and at how zero emissions buildings are becoming the norm.

New London Neighbourhood Tour - Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Walking Tours, Wednesday 28 November 2018


Following the huge success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and surrounding areas now continue to grow as one of London’s newest neighbourhoods, adapting the sustainable legacy of the park's buildings and transport links to meet future needs.

Embedding circular economy in London

Half-day Conference, Thursday 29 November 2018


Circular Economy responds to the need to create less waste and manage the limited resources we have on our planet in a more efficient way. Principles include replacing the end-of-life concept with restoration, a shift towards the use of renewable energy, the elimination of toxic chemicals and the overall aim of eliminating waste.

Factory-made Housing: small sites and MMC

Lunchtime Talk, Friday 30 November 2018


This lunchtime talk will explore the role of modern methods of construction in unlocking small sites for development. How we can improve and aggregate procurement for small sites through digital platforms? Can we package up sites and explore standardised units to remove planning and building regulation delays?

New ideas for factory-made homes, powered by PechaKucha

Free Pecha Kucha, Tuesday 4 December 2018


A night of speedy presentations will look at innovative new ideas from both established housing professionals and representatives from NLA’s NextGen cohort.

New London Neighbourhood Tour - King's Cross

Walking Tours, Saturday 8 December 2018


The dramatic renewal of this key two-station transport hub kick-started the regeneration of King’s Cross Central, 67acres of old railway and industrial land being transformed into a vibrant new neighbourhood for living, working, learning and play.

NextGen Christmas Party

NextGen, Tuesday 11 December 2018


A chance for young professionals to build their network and bring in the festive season with a mince pie or two! Marking the third year of the NextGen programme.

Estate Regeneration: what do we mean by quality?

Working Group , Thursday 13 December 2018


Examining the estate regeneration sector, we ask how quality is evaluated by residents and how public and private sectors can work together to achieve successful outcomes.