London: Design Capital

Wednesday 17 May – Monday 17 July 2017

Free entry

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London: Design Capital is the new NLA exhibition which explores the global reach of London’s built environment industries.

Where are London based consultancies delivering projects around the world? What is London’s specific areas of expertise? What value do London’s architectural design services bring to the UK capital’s economy? What impact could any restriction on free movement have on the industry’s ability to continue to deliver high-quality work in volume?

London is home to the world’s foremost architects, engineers and urban planners. Its skills in architectural design, engineering, construction, placemaking and consultancy are exported around the globe, from redeveloping European cities to emerging Asian markets. London: Design Capital showcases 220 projects currently being carried out by London-based consultancies in global markets, across 65 countries, from masterplans through to individual schemes.

This exhibition is the outcome of a new NLA Insight Study. Roundtables, viewpoints and interviews, as well as a survey of the NLA membership of over 500 organisations, have been combined with a call out for projects to produce this piece of research. A two-month programme of events taking place for the duration of the exhibition will further explore key themes, forming a core part of the NLA International Dialogues programme.  

This exhibition is part of the London Festival of Architecture 2017
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NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, WC1E 7BT

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Monday to Friday: 9.30 am - 6.00 pm
Saturday: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm

We are closed on Sundays, Bank Holidays, Easter Saturday and for the Christmas period from 24th December to the first working weekday of January.

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London: Design Capital events programme


Explore the global reach of London’s built environment industry at NLA this spring with London: Design Capital - the new exhibition and Insight Study. Join us for presentations and discussions on key projects and what needs to happen to protect London’s status as a design capital.


London: Design Capital


Today, London’s built environment industries make a vital contribution to the success of ‘brand UK’ and the capital’s profile around the world. London is home to a wealth of globally recognised firms – Arup, Foster + Partners, Grimshaw and Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, among many others – that play a major role in the shaping of cities worldwide. Its built environment expertise has an enviable reputation for quality, ingenuity and creativity, and, ultimately, successful project delivery.


London: Design Capital


This new NLA Insight study proposes four recommendations for the UK Government and Mayor of London to ensure the future resilience of London’s built environment industries and their international profile. These recommendations are supported by an extensive showcase of international projects, including over 220 projects currently being delivered across 65 countries.


London: Design Capital - Experts Have their Say


As part of NLA’s latest exhibition and insight study London: Design Capital, leading architects and engineers tell us about London’s future as a global centre for design.