50th Anniversary Ralph Erskine Exhibition

To deliver the vision of Clare Hall as a forward-looking and international college, the renowned Swedish modern architect Ralph Erskine was appointed to design the housing and educational buildings forming the heart of the current college site.

Erskine was famous for his work in the UK and Sweden. His iconic designs include the Byker redevelopment in Newcastle, the Ark in London, Ekerö town centre near Stockholm and Lilla Bommen, the Skanska headquarters in Gothenburg. He continues to have a strong influence on architecture in both countries. 

This autumn we will be holding an exhibition to commemorate and celebrate Ralph Erskine and his architectural legacy. The event will take place at Erskine’s Main College building, which was completed in 1969. 

The exhibition will include original photos, sketches, and drawings, some of which will be on loan from the Stockholm Architecture and Design Museum.

The exhibition will open in October 2016 and a symposium will be held on 15 October featuring eminent speakers from the world of architecture and architectural history including architect Tony McGuirk , an urban designer and former chairman of architect and engineers practice BDP.  They will be joined by Elain Harwood, the head of 20th Century Architecture at Historic England, as well as contemporary critics and former Erskine office members. 

This will be a unique opportunity to view some of the original drawings and architectural sketches in the College that Erskine himself designed.

How can you help? 

The cost of staging this event, which is open to the public for two months, is £20,000. Sponsorship has been secured for half the costs and we are now looking at other opportunities to ensure that the exhibition is cost effective for the College. If you would like to help support this exciting project please donate here or contact our Development Director Dr Marie Janson for further information.