Architecture and Instituting

Assemble’s Adam Willis and Paloma Strelitz in conversation with Olly Wainwright.

The building that houses Goldsmiths CCA is designed by multi-disciplinary collective Assemble. Grafted onto, and radically altering, a Victorian bath house, Goldsmiths CCA exemplifies Assemble’s vision for a public art gallery; one that preserves residual traces, through texture, detail, and colour, whilst opening up the building to porosity and flow. With this event we consider how architects confront the challenge of instituting, and project forwards to speculate as to what kind of possible institutions could be articulated through approaches to the built environment. Can museum architecture create new paradigms of experience, or even push artistic production itself in new directions?


Assemble is a multi-disciplinary collective working across architecture, design and art. Founded in 2010 to undertake a single self-built project, Assemble has since delivered a diverse and award-winning body of work, whilst retaining a democratic and co-operative working method that enables built, social and research-based work at a variety of scales, both making things and making things happen.

Oliver Wainwright is the architecture and design critic of the Guardian. He trained as an architect at the University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Art, and has worked in a number of practices, including OMA in Rotterdam, muf and Design for London. He has written extensively on architecture and design for a wide range of international publications, from Building Design and the Architects’ Journal, to Icon, Domus and Frieze. He has served as curatorial advisor to the Architecture Foundation and is a regular visiting critic at a number of architecture schools. His first book, Inside North Korea, is out now.