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Architecture Appreciation


If you love buildings, this could be the group for you! Although a few members have a background in architecture or related professions, most do not – they simply have a passion for architecture. The sessions involve illustrated talks (often researched and presented by group members, occasionally given by visiting speakers), discussions and light-hearted quizzes. All members are involved in deciding the programme and contributing to its success.  

Topics in 2022-23 included talks on: the architects Spence, Hadid, Casson and Gaudi, Heritage Engineering; the conservation of old buildings; Art Deco in New Zealand and Australia; the architecture of northern town halls, shopping centres, Bridgewater Hall and the Sainsbury Centre at UEA; the varied architecture in Oundle and Ashton; the revival of classical architecture in the 20th and 21st centuries. We had discussions or short presentations on: railway architecture, repurposed buildings, the Ilkley Design Awards and Lutyens in New Delhi and we had a light-hearted quiz.  

Recent visits to Leeds have included looking at waterfront buildings, Art Deco buildings and those incorporating terra-cotta tiles.  We were also lucky enough to have a tour inside Heathcote, Ilkley, designed by Lutyens.


Marilyn Heron (Leader), Richard Archer (Treasurer)


Jack Lofthouse Annexe, Clarke Foley Centre, Cunliffe Road, Ilkley, LS29 9DZ


12 two hour classroom sessions from 2:30pm - 4:30pm, starting on Monday 2 October 2023 and on the following subsequent dates:

2023: 16 and 30 Oct, 13 and 27 Nov, and 11 Dec

2024: 15 and 29 Jan, 12 and 26 Feb and 11 and 25 Mar 

Cost:  £25 per person for the season of 12 meetings.  Visits charged separately

Contact Information:

U3A members please contact Marilyn.

Non U3A Visitors please click here.

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