'Starchitect' Takes Centre-stage at Creative Industries Festival

'Starchitect' Takes Centre-stage at Creative Industries Festival

Fri 3 Jun 2016 / News



  • What: Festival of Architecture 2016 Keynote Speech by Richard Murphy
  • When: 10.30am on Thursday 9th June 2016 
  • Where: Eden Court Theatre, Bishop’s Road, Inverness IV3 5SA
  • Why: Scotland's leading creative industries festival, XpoNorth in partnership with Festival of Architecture 2016

ONE of the most influential architects in the UK, Richard Murphy, is to take the stage at creative industries festival, XpoNorth, in Inverness next week, where he will deliver a keynote speech on the theories and practices behind a star-studded three-decade long career.

Murphy founded Richard Murphy Architects in 1991 and since then, his practice has won twenty RIBA Awards, twice been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize and also received a nomination for architecture's Oscar, the RIBA Lubetkin Award.

A former Scottish Architect of the Year, Murphy recently moved into a new home which he designed himself in Edinburgh's New Town. This is currently shortlisted for an RIBA National Award.

He designed the first-ever Maggie's Cancer Care Centre, reconfiguring an old stable block in the grounds of Edinburgh's Western General Hospital into a beautifully calm space which has since been extended and garlanded many times with top architectural awards.

Murphy's presentation is just one of many highlights at XpoNorth, an annual two-day showcase festival and conference for the creative industries which takes place on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th June at venues across the Highland capital.

As part of the 30-plus strong conference programme, practitioners in architecture and its related disciplines will be discussing and debating current issues facing the creative industries. 

On the opening night of XpoNorth (Wednesday 8th June), Festival of Architecture joins forces with the Glasgow School of Art to present a gala reception at the town's Ironworks Venue for all delegates to attend. 

XpoNorth is a creative industries network which operates all year round supporting and mentoring musicians, filmmakers, games developers, designers, broadcasters and writers in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and beyond.

During 2016, XpoNorth is a partner of the Scotland-wide Year of Architecture, Innovation and Design, a key part of which is the Festival of Architecture.

Last year's festival attracted more than 1400 delegates and key international decision makers in the fields of screen, broadcast, craft, fashion, writing, publishing, design and music. 

XpoNorth Festival Director, Amanda Millen, said: "We are delighted to be teaming up with the Festival of Architecture and Year of Innovation Architecture and Design to present a series of architecture-themed events with within this year's XpoNorth.

"Richard Murphy's reputation as an innovator goes before him and his speech promises to be a highlight of this year's festival."

Karen Cunningham, Director of The Festival of Architecture said: "Richard Murphy is a towering figure not just on the Scottish architectural scene but also on the international stage. He has so much to say about the ways in which architecture can improve people's lives and alter perceptions of the built environment.

"I am sure that his keynote speech at XpoNorth in Inverness will be make for a fascinating hour. I'm particularly pleased it will be taking place in Eden Court Theatre in Inverness

"This beautiful building on the banks of the River Ness is one of a hundred buildings nominated for Scotstyle – Building the Century, an initiative from the Festival of Architecture celebrating the top 100 buildings in Scotland from 1916-2015, nominated by the Scottish public. We're looking for people to vote for their favourite online. It would be wonderful to have people look with fresh eyes at Eden Court during XpoNorth."


Formerly known as goNORTH, XpoNorth is devoted to boosting creative careers in the Highlands and Islands and beyond and takes place this year in Inverness on Wednesday 8th and Thursday 9th June.

The only event of its kind in Scotland devoted to craft, textiles, fashion, games development, writing, publishing, screen and broadcast, design and music, XpoNorth is also attended by leading creative industry insiders, who take part in workshops, panels and masterclass sessions over the course of both days.

XpoNorth, is funded by Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The genres under the collective banner of XpoNorth are:

XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast
ScreenHI is XpoNorth’s screen and broadcast network. Led by former BBC producer, Amanda Millen, it operates all year round and supports businesses and individuals working in film, television, radio and video games across the Highlands and Islands. 

XpoNorth Music
Led by Alex Smith, XpoNorth Music is the industry network established to support the development of musicians and music businesses across the Highlands and Islands. 

XpoNorth Design
Recently established to support flourishing design community in Highlands and Islands. Hosted by Creative Futures Partnership, a collaboration between The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and HIE. Led by the Institute of Design Innovation (InDI), a research institute within the GSA.

XpoNorth Writing and Publishing
The sector head of Emergents Writers is Peter Urpeth. His role is to nurture creative talent in the field of writing and publishing across the Highlands and Islands.

XpoNorth Craft, Fashion and Textiles
The sector head of Emergents Makers is Pamela Conacher, who leads a team which provides a programme of advice, training and support for the craft, fashion and textile sector in the Highlands and Islands.

Website: www.xponorth.co.uk
Twitter: @XpoNorth
Facebook: www.facebook.com/xponorth and www.facebook.com/xponorthlive
Instagram: www.instagram/xponorth
Google+: www.plus.google.com/112451740761382987381
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/company/xponorth

Hashtag: #xponorth


The Festival of Architecture is a major, year-long, Scotland-wide celebration led by The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland which brings Scottish architecture to life and is a key part of the 2016 Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.

Eden Court Theatre is one of a hundred buildings nominated for Scotstyle – Building the Century, an initiate from the Festival of Architecture celebrating the top 100 buildings in Scotland from 1916-2015, nominated by the Scottish public.


Website: www.foa2016.com
Twitter: @foa2016
Facebook: www.facebook.com/Festival-of-Architecture-2016 

Hashtag: #IAD2016

For further info or to request an interview with Richard Murphy, please contact Jan Patience on janpatience@me.com and 07802 427207 or Amanda Millen on amandamillen@xponorth.co.uk and 07887 605 062. Images available on request