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The Royal Academy of Art’s new Benjamin West lecture theatre will be inaugurated on the 21 May with a talk by David Chipperfield. The lecture celebrates the opening of the RA’s transformed campus, following an extensive restoration and redevelopment by the practice. The project links the institution’s historic home Burlington House and 6 Burlington Gardens, formerly part of the University of London. The 250-seat lecture theatre is a contemporary reinstatement of a double-height auditorium that existed in the original 6 Burlington Gardens building. The lecture marks the beginning of a new and expanded public programme of events for the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary.

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