The pandemic left us submerging in a lot of uncertainty. After nearly two years of reduced capacity and online events, the organisers of international architectural and design events are eager for recovery. Suppliers and brands are waiting with bated breath to exhibit the projects they have been working on. Many dates are to be confirmed, but the events calendar for the period that extends from July to December 2022 is packed to the brim. From conferences to design weeks, people who are interested in architecture and design are expecting high quality and uniqueness. We have put together a list of some of this period’s most exciting architectural and design events from across the world. 

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The Biggest Celebration of Design in New York ©Jenna Bascom Photography

1. Festival of Place 2022

The Festival of Place takes place in London on 6 July 2022. With a riot of workshops and talks, the event gathers a community of developers, academics, architects, local authorities, landscape designers, impact investors, collaborators, and community groups. The aim is to rethink a positive social, environmental, and equitable future for places. The Festival of Place tackles many themes, namely the way the design of places can support public health, and promote gender equality, as well as the increasing issues with the growth in investment targeting environmental and social impact. 

More details about the event can be found at the following link: https://www.festivalofplace.co.uk/ 

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The Play Street at King’s Crescent Estate, Hackney_©www.festivalofplace.co.uk

2. Design Festival North 2022

Design Festival North is a creative networking and social series of events taking place from 12 to 14 July 2022 across Manchester showrooms. The program takes place over three days and exhibits the work of leading brands from across the north of England such as product showcases – some of which are exclusive launches – in addition to other activities including a Lego Building Competition and a virtual reality experience.

The architectural and design event also presents a programme about workplace wellness and plenty of discussion about technology and sustainability in the design industry.

For further information, please visit the https://www.designsocialnorth.co.uk/

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Design Festival North, a 3-Day Showcase of Leading Design Brands and Companies_©www.eventbrite.co.uk

4. Helsinki Design Week

Helsinki Design Week is a must-attend architectural and design event of the year 2022. This year’s edition is held from 1 to 11 September. It is the biggest Design Festival in the Nordics gathering design professionals and creatives in the Finnish capital for a curated selection of citywide events. The 2022 design week focuses on the theme of openness and aspires to explore questions surrounding transparency, sustainability, and curiosity. Helsinki Design Week will include Main Events along with Companion and Satellite Events and will offer an inspiring and versatile program for both local and international audiences. 

For more inquiries, visit https://helsinkidesignweek.com/

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Helsinki Design Week_©www.area-arch.it

5. Stockholm Design Week

Another exhilarating architectural and design event is the Stockholm Design Week which will take place from 5 to 11 September to concur with the new dates for the furniture and light fair. The design week will consist of an exciting schedule bringing together professionals, design enthusiasts, city center industry insiders, and the public during open studios, talks, exhibitions, and parties at showrooms and other venues across the city. Amongst the highlights of the event is an exhibition at the Stockholm Design Week hub, along with some creative studios and private residencies which will be open to the public.

Read more at https://www.stockholmdesignweek.com/ 

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Stockholm Furniture Fair 2020 _© www.smow.com

6. Design China Beijing

In its fifth edition, Design China Beijing will last from 21 to 23 September 2022. This architectural and design event will showcase international brands together with local design talent and a cultural program of installations and talks. Design China Beijing 2022 brings together a community of designers, sponsors, and connections to create an inspiring event that promotes commercial opportunities and change for both exhibitors and visitors. Additionally, the event’s exciting new format fuses the exhibition with a Sustainable Design Summit and displays exceptional design, inspiration, and quality. The design event also introduces the world’s promising designers from China and abroad, established brands, and renowned galleries.

More details about the event can be found at https://www.designshanghai.com/design-china-beijing 

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The Fourth Edition of Design China Beijing_ ©www.designshanghai.com

7. Tallinn Architecture Biennale

Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) is an international urban planning and architecture festival with a diversified program that promotes local architectural culture. TAB 2022 opening week will take place on the 7th–11th of September. The sixth edition of this architectural and design event is entitled “Edible; Or, The Architecture of Metabolism” and will focus on the circular economy, sustainability, and consumption. The exhibition at the Estonian Museum of Architecture will be open until November 20. Tallinn Architecture Biennale boosts linkage between architects and the general public by exchanging ideas and creating contacts. 

For further information, please visit the https://2022.tab.ee/ 

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TAB 2019 “Beauty Matters” _©www.archdaily.com

8. Muscon

In 2022, Triennale Milano will host the annual Muscon – Museum Network Conference, during the 23rd exhibition, titled Unknown Unknowns: An Introduction to Mysteries, which will be on show from May 20th to November 20th. This exhibition aims to foster multi-disciplinary discussions to highlight what we still “don’t know we don’t know” in diverse topics. The Museum Network Conference is an architectural and design event uniting some of the world’s most illustrious architecture, design, and art museums. The network provides a platform for exchange, dialogue, and interaction between some notable international cultural institutions.

For more inquiries, visit https://muscon.org/ 

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Muscon 2012 in Hong Kong_ ©www.muscon.org

9. World Architecture Festival

The World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest festival and live awards competition devoted to sharing and celebrating architectural excellence from around the world. The 2022 edition will take place from November 30th to December 2nd in Lisbon, Portugal. Moreover, the World Architecture Festival event will include an international product exhibition. It is an architectural and design event where the architecture community connects to learn from each other and share expertise. It is also the only all-inclusive architecture festival that combines seminars, awards, and networking.

Read more at https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/ 

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World Architecture Festival_©www.worldarchitecturefestival.com

10. Design Miami

The Design Miami takes place from 30 November to 4 December 2022. This is another architectural and design event that brings together designers, critics, curators, and gallerists in the Florida sunshine. It consists of a curated multi-platform marketplace, studios, galleries, brands, collectors, experts, and enthusiasts with a passion for design. At the core of the fair’s program will be a series of talks, demonstrations, and panels from some of the world’s most eminent names in architecture, art, and design. 

The following link is relevant for further details https://shop.designmiami.com/pages/our-fairs  

Design Miami is the Global Forum for Design_©www.worldarchitecture.org

Reference List 

Metropolis (no date) World Architecture Festival 2022Worldarchitecturefestival.com. Available at: https://www.worldarchitecturefestival.com/live/en/page/home (Accessed: June 26, 2022).

Contents, W. A. (2022) Triennale Milano to host the 2022 annual muscon (Museum Network Conference) in MilanoWorld Architecture Community. Available at: https://worldarchitecture.org/article-links/empnv/triennale-milano-to-host-the-2022-annual-muscon-museum-network-conference-in-milano.html (Accessed: June 26, 2022).

Frew, S. (2022) Block it off: The 2022 architecture and design events calendarJournal. Architizer. Available at: https://architizer.com/blog/inspiration/industry/2022-architecture-design-events-calendar/ (Accessed: June 24, 2022).

(No date a) Dezeen.com. Available at: https://www.dezeen.com/2022/01/11/best-design-weeks-festivals-2022-dezeen-events-guide/ (Accessed: June 24, 2022).

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