Birmingham Architecture Festival is returning this May 23rd—26th for its second year.

BAF 2014 will be hosted this May with a series of events designed to inspire the public, creative communities, construction professionals and architects alike to engage with the city in fun, inventive and thought-provoking ways. No matter how long we have been inhabitants of a certain place, there is always something new to discover. The city of Birmingham is a vibrant, dynamic and everchanging place and the festival aims to celebrate the quirks that make up this wonderful melting pot. BAF2014 will host a range of events such as guided tours, exhibitions, talks, film screenings and workshops, all with the aim of celebrating the city, its architecture, its spaces and its inhabitants.

The first edition of the festival ran in May 2013 and was a huge success with the majority of events selling out, some of which did so in the first week of tickets going on sale. The festival received a very positive reception and we are very pleased to announce the return of the festival in its second year.

The Team

Jenny Duffin, Co-Director
Jenny is an independent Creative producer and photographer. As well as Co-Directing the festival, she also runs Birmingham Loves Photographers, a hub, network and promoter of photography in addition to her freelance event and project management work. She enjoys making successful connections between artists and their audiences, often working with visual arts and design but she enjoys collaborating between multiple art forms. Jenny is always interested in new creative projects and collaborations and alternative ways of approaching subjects to engage new audience. She believes Birmingham has a thriving but under-appreciated cultural scene and is working hard to ensure it’s celebrated.

Laira Piccinato, Founder and Co-Director
Laira Piccinato is a Part 2 Architect who is passionate about the city of Birmingham and its architecture. She studied at the renowned Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales where she gained a post graduate degree in Advanced Environmental and Energy studies, specializing in alternative sustainable design methods. She currently works for Hogarth Architects.
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Callie Starkey, Production Assistant
Callie is a Part 1 Architect, who returned to Birmingham in 2012 and has grown a deeper love for the city after realising how proactive its communities are in its development. She co-formed with MADE GRADs, a self-initiated group of graduates to create urban design projects for communities with little funding available as well as help other graduates gain some extra skills to further their careers. After volunteering on site at BAF 2013, she wanted to get more involved in the production side of the festival and has been a huge asset to the team in the run up the second festival.


Birmingham Architecture Festival 2014, is proud to be supported by the following partners and sponsors: