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To coincide with the exhibition James Stirling - Notes from the Archive at Tate Britain, architect Michael Wilford presents the Neue Staatsgalerie, Stuttgart, by James Stirling, Michael Wilford and Associates.

Devised by EXP, the Research Centre for Experimental Practice at the University of Westminster's Department of Architecture, and organised in partnership with The Architecture Foundation, the Supercrits series invites famous architects to re-present eminent projects of the recent past to a panel of critics and an open audience just as though they were back in architecture school.

Sir James Stirling is of additional interest for the University of Westminster as a former tutor at the Polytechnic of Central London, from which the University has grown.

Panellists for Supercrit #7 include architects Piers Gough, Louisa Hutton, John Tuomey, and critics Charles Jencks and Kieran Long.

The Supercrit will be held next to the exhibition in Stirling & Wilford's own building, the Clore Gallery extension to Tate Britain.

Supercrits are free and audience participation is welcomed. To keep the atmosphere of 'studio’ debate, audience size is limited and the event is almost sold out. To check availability and secure your place in the debate, sign up now.

The event is made possible by the generous support of the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal,Tate Britain, Compass Group PLC and Hobs Reprographics.

For tickets book online or call 020 7887 8888.


Supercrits were devised in 2003 by EXP (the Research Centre for Experimental Practice, Department of Architecture, University of Westminster) in collaboration with Cedric Price, to bring some of the world's leading architects back into the studio to present their greatest projects to a critical audience.

Supercrits so far in the series have been Cedric Price: Potteries Thinkbelt (2003); Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown: Learning From Las Vegas (2004); Richard Rogers: The Pompidou Centre (2005); Bernard Tschumi: Parc de la Villette (2005); Rem Koolhaas: Delirious New York (2007) and Leon Krier: Poundbury (2009).

The series of books based on the events, by Kester Rattenbury and Samantha Hardingham, is published by Routledge. Supercrit #1: Cedric Price, Potteries Thinkbelt and Supercrit #2: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Learning From Las Vegas are available now. Supercrit #3: Richard Rogers, The Pompidou Centre and Supercrit #4: Bernard Tschumi, Parc de la Villette will be published summer 2011.

The events are presented by the University of Westminster’s School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), one of the UK’s leading centres for the study of the built environment and one of the few to bring together all the disciplines that inform the design and development of our cities. The quality of research at ABE was recognised in the last Research Assessment Exercise, with 20 per cent judged as ‘world-leading’ and 90 per cent as ‘international’. The latest RIBA Student Awards confirmed ABE’s world-leading status. The School has a unique ethos of combining practice and theory with leading architecture businesses and is the core of the University’s connection as the UK’s only UN Habitat Partner University.

Experimental Practice (EXP)

A research group at the Department of Architecture, University of Westminster which aims to generate, promote, support and document experimental forms of architectural practice. Recent projects include the Archigram Archival Project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The Architecture Foundation

Founded in 1991 as the UK’s first independent architecture centre, The Architecture Foundation is a non-profit agency for contemporary architecture, urbanism and culture. Through diverse programmes The Architecture Foundation facilitates international and interdisciplinary exchange, stimulates critical engagement amongst professionals, policy makers and a broad public, and shapes the quality of the built environment.

James Stirling: Notes from the Archive

An exhibition covering the whole of Stirling’s career, from the iconic Engineering Building of 1959 at the University of Leicester through to the late 1990s, including built and unbuilt projects, drawings, photographs and furniture. Curated by Anthony Vidler, and hosted within Stirling's Clore Gallery at Tate Britain.