To Do List Daily: Mavericks – Thurs 4 Feb

Discover the unconventional heroes of architecture

Architects are the designers of everyday life. The story of 12 iconic British architects & their extraordinary work is explored in Mavericks at Royal Academy. Architects included in the exhibition include Smythson, Vanbrugh, Wyatt, Soane, Cockerell, Mackintosh, Holden, Goodhart-Rendel, Stirling, Price, FAT and Hadid.

The free exhibition questions the very essence of what architecture is and how it should be practised. The work of these mavericks is often hard to imagine in the commercial world of architecture where usability & budget can be more important than aesthetics. In an age of rapid homogenisation of glass towers these buildings prove there is an alternative out there.

Read more about the 12 architects featured in Helena Cuss’ informative blog post here

There is also an eye-opening line up of events to complement the exhibition including:

Main picture: A House for Essex by FAT and Grayson Perry RA for Living Architecture (2014). Courtesy of Living Architecture / Jack Hobhouse

Zaha Hadid

Heydar Aliyev Cetre, Baku, Azerbaijan (2007-12), by Zaha Hadid Architects Image © Iwan Baan

Rupert Dannreuther


I am Joint Editor at To Do List. I like free, cheap & offbeat London, especially: cabaret, art, theatre, pop-ups, eating out, quirky films, museums, day trips, social enterprise & much more.