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History of London Architecture courses

Bishopsgate Institute’s Special Collections and Archives hold over 250,000 images of London from the mid-Victorian period onwards. A number of these collections showcase the many architectural styles employed around the city throughout the centuries. These Special Collections and Archives images inform much of the Bishopsgate Institute programme, including this autumn’s new architectural history courses, a social housing walking tour and an unmissable oral history event. 

Book online at bishopsgate.org.uk or via the box office on 020 7392 9200.


This walk will take you on journey through the City of London, focussing on a number of buildings from the mid 20th century and up to the present. From utopian master planning of the post-war period, through some of the most iconic late-20th-century buildings in the city, to the most recent innovative designs and sustainable architecture. The cities ever-changing face will be encountered through some of its most exciting and controversial buildings. 

This study session will examine the shifting economic and political contexts for the building of social housing in London. Beginning with a classroom session and ending with a guided walk of some examples of social housing local to the Institute, we will consider the different phases of London’s development, the visions of post-war planners, perceived successes and failures, and how all of these have shaped, and continue to shape, social housing in the capital. 

The Changing City - Building the Square Mile 

Explore the architectural history of The City of London, starting with Sir Christopher Wren and St Paul’s Cathedral, taking in Sir John Soane, and working our way through to the present day’s ‘starchitects’. Learn about notable buildings within the Square Mile and the events that shaped them, from disasters to controversies to game-changing design, all in a skyline that never stops changing. You will contextualise building history, explore the area on foot to check out the buildings in person, and learn some basic architectural drawing techniques to take away and wow your friends and family.   

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