1. Open Charter Agency Discussion Bureau, 26 March 2013, Stirling Room, RIBA.

2. Knowledge Exchange and Modes of Learning, 16 April 2013, venue to be confirmed.

3. Architecture and Activism, 23 April 2013, venue to be confirmed.

4. Architecture and Empowerment, date and venue to be confirmed.


  ‘Let’s take some time for this crisis… it will last for some time anyway…’
Erik Pasveer, Head of the Department of Urbanism Municipality of the Hague.

Open Charter Agency is a platform for discussion and action for the architecture profession and those disciplines involved with architecture to clarify, critique and act upon critical issues determining the wider role of the architect and their identity as a catalyst for change. Open Charter Agency supports politicised and experimental practices that are searching for change within and outside of the accepted norms and codes of the established profession. Open Charter Agency is motivated by a desire to reaffirm the social, ethical and political qualities of contemporary spatial practice that are vital to the progress of society and the architect as a valuable agent in the world.  

Open Charter Agency was conceived after extensive direct research into the image, role and definitions of the architect around the world, collecting over 5000 voices which revealed widespread confusion and fear of architecture as a profession. You can see all these profiles and comments at the RIBA exhibition. There are a number of ways to participate and offer your thoughts. Open Charter Agency at the RIBA three afternoons a week, the OCA will be in residence at the RIBA. Here you will be able to contribute to the ideas further and look through the research that underpins our current themes.

  • Activism in Architecture
  • Empowerment
  • Architects in residence
  • Knowledge transfer and models of learning

Visitors can also feed back at the residency desk when it is unmanned.  It is possible to record comments under the themes on the wall, which will be collated and incorporated into the discussion evenings.

Open Charter Agency Discussion Forums:
Over the course of five events we will be inviting speakers and guests to participate in critical conversations surrounding alternative modes of architectural engagement within the built environment. We invite you to join us to offer ideas, criticism and support for the OCA and play an integral part of forming and informing this way of working.

The four themes for the evenings have been established in response to the thousands of submissions we gathered on our research trips and through the installation at the Venice Biennale.