Materials for Architecture 2018

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Materials for Architecture will return to the ILEC Conference Centre, London from 25-26 April 2018. Once again it will combine a conference programme, exhibition, CPD seminars, material galleries and evening reception. Innovation will be a clear theme across every part of the event.

Thought-leading conversation

The conference programme presents a great selection of expert practitioners from the fields of architecture, academia and product design, and the two days will provide food for thought for professionals attending. There is a clear focus on how construction materials are being innovated to provide better buildings, from sustainable concrete to hardwood CLT, to smart materials whose properties change in use such as auxetic and phase-change materials.

Supertall timber: how to disrupt the construction sector with timber innovation over 80 storeys”, taking place 12:15-13:00 on Thursday 26th April, will see Kevin Flanagan, Partner at PLP Architecture, and Dr Michael Ramage – who leads the Centre for Natural Material Innovation at the University of Cambridge – host a collaborative talk on their 80-storey, 300 metre-high mass timber and CLT tower concept for London’s Barbican – Oakwood Tower.

Speakers have also been confirmed from architectural practices; dRMM, Studio Seilern Architects, and HTA Design plus engineering practices; Buro Happold, Ramboll, and more. In addition, there will be speaking contributions from top universities, manufacturers, and industry associations.

Product focus

A diverse pool of exhibitors across an array of material typologies, from aggregates and bricks, through smart materials, to composites and timber, have been confirmed including Akzo Nobel – the world’s leading manufacturer of paints and coatings, Aggregate Industries, Envirograf, and Maria Gasparian Studio.

Other additions to the floorplan are an Innovation Zone comprising of smaller, more niche product manufacturers, and tactile materials display areas, all designed to provide you, the construction professional, with optimal knowledge and insight to inform your specification choices.

Those attending the event will be able to gain valuable insights on how to apply the latest thinking to materials for architecture, and are guaranteed to come away with inspiration for their projects.

Visit to find out more and register free to attend Materials for Architecture 2018 at the ILEC Conference Centre, London from 25-26 of April.

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