Bjarke Ingels youngest architect to give Royal Academy lecture

Danish designer Bjarke Ingels, 40, is  set to be the youngster ever person to deliver the Annual Architecture Lecture at London’s Royal Academy of Arts.

The founder of architecture firm BIG has been confirmed as the speaker for the 25th annual lecture at the Royal Academy on 13 July.

Previous speakers include Lord Norman Foster, Frank Gehry, Renzo Piano and Rem Koolhaas. Last year saw Pritzker Prize winning Spanish architect Rafael Moneo take the stage.

The lecture’s theme will be Ingels’ design philosophy, recently highlighted in his firm’s latest book

Examples of his work include the Amager Bakke Waste-to-Energy Plant in Copenhagen, which features a ski slope on its roof and a chimney that blows smoke rings to express energy consumption.

Another project is the West 57th housing development in New York with a central courtyard and a building that is pulled up at one corner to form a triangular tower  which Ingels  described as a “court-scraper”.

The talk will take place in the Royal Academy’s Main Galleries from 6.45 – 8pm on Monday 13 July and tickets are available from the Royal Academy website.