Architectural debates are rubbish.
We’ve all been there: a panel of similar designers with similar views taking it in turns to talk at length about their similar work – too polite, too deferential, too dull. At best they are lukewarm love-ins, critically impotent, elitist and stuffy. Turncoats is a shot in the arm. Framed by theatrically provocative opening gambits, a series of debates will rugby tackle fundamental issues facing contemporary practice with a playful and combative format designed to foment open and critical discussion, turning conventional consensus on its head.

Schools out

7:30pm, Saturday 2nd April 16

Architectural education is stagnant, antiquated, and irrelevant. Greedy universities, chasing size, power and fees are accepting hoards of students with no prospect of a fulfilling career as architects. Generations of disillusioned CAD monkeys and copy-cats are churned out doomed to scroll vapid blogs, superficially emulating out of context. Time to turn the tables on our teachers, forget everything we’ve learned and start from scratch.

  • This debate will be held as part of the Novi Fokus Niš – International Architecture Film Festival on the 1st and 2nd of April.
  • The Panel

    • Jelica Jovanović

    • Nikola Andonov

    • Milan Stevanović

    • Borys Wrzeszcz

    • Moderator

    • Ljuba Slavković

    • 7.30pm
    • Saturday 2 April
    • Tickets are free. Booking essential.
    • Kupina Cinema
    • Balkanska 2
    • Niš
    • Serbia


    Turncoats is a project by Phineas Harper, Robert Mull and Maria Smith supported by the Architecture Foundation. For all enquiries write to hello@turncoats.uk


    Courtroom artists

    Andra Antone
    Peter Cross
    Greg Stonard

    Special thanks

    Martyn Evans
    Manon Mollard
    Niamh Lincoln
    Jon Astbury
    Kate MacTiernan
    Ellis Woodman
    Yanni Pitsillides
    James Hignett
    James Rogers
    Simhika Rao

    Site built by Ben Chernett