November 13, 2018

NIALL MAXWELL, from the Rural Office for Architecture, will talk about cultural identity and his work at Custom Lane in December

Talks at the Lane, an eclectic and informative series of lectures and conversations around the themes of design and making, is bringing the innovative Wales-based architect Niall Maxwell to Custom Lane Leith as part of their Season One programme.

Niall, whose practice the Rural Office for Architecture (ROA) has won RIBA House of the Year 2017 award for Caring Wood, will be discussing cultural identity and regionalism in the context of design, and will showcase some in-progress and completed work from RAO.

Image courtesy of Rural Office for Architecture

Image courtesy of Rural Office for Architecture

The Talks at the Lane team are thrilled to welcome Niall to Leith’s design hub to speak about a subject with which he is intrinsically connected.

The team at the ROA classify themselves as regionalists, often working within rural settings, responding to context and surroundings by reinterpreting the familiar architectural language of the past. Regional and national identity are concepts central to how Niall works and the success of his projects, and this innovative approach is turning heads; the ROA were recently selected by the Architecture Foundation as one of the best emerging practices in the UK.

Talks at the Lane have collated an exciting programme which includes high calibre speakers, who will share and disseminate creative thinking and ideas, to foster debate and aspiration for exemplary design by Scottish architects and designers, both nationally and internationally.

Julie Wilson (RIAS, RIBA), Edinburgh Architectural Association president



This exciting event signals the start of a full programme from Talks at the Lane; their guests for 2019 include Clancy Moore Architects, Assemble Studio, Karl-Heinz Schmitz, IF_DO Architects and Sebastian Cox.

You can read more about Talks at the Lane and see their full Season One programme here.

The next Talk at the Lane by STUDIO NIRO is taking place at Custom Lane on 22nd January, 2019, 18:30‐21:00.

Tickets are £10 / £8 Concession and can be purchased here.