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Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined

Royal Academy of Arts
25 January – 6 April 2014

I was the curator of the exhibition Sensing Spaces that set out to evoke the experience and power of
architecture within a traditional gallery environment. I worked with seven architects from around
the world to create an exhibition that would highlight the sensation of inhabiting built space and
awaken or recalibrate visitors’ awareness of spaces beyond the gallery walls. The architects, Grafton
Architects (Ireland), Diébédo Francis Kéré (Burkina Faso and Germany), Kengo Kuma (Japan), Li
Xiaodong (China), Pezo von Ellrichshausen (Chile) and Álvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura
(Portugal) created unique spaces for visitors to experience. Their installations highlighted different
aspects of architecture – from the manipulation of light, mass and structure to the transformations
brought about by use, movement and interaction.

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