Photograph your design & culture favourites with BAApp Walking Architecture



The Birmingham Architectural Association and the Royal Institute of British Architects in the West Midlands are inviting photographic submissions from the public, artists, photographers and architects around the topic of ‘design culture’ via the Walking Architecture smartphone app.


The competition launches on 7 February 2013 and concludes on 3 March 2013, with a chance for winners to be part of a digital exhibition during art & architecture showcase Thrift Radiates Happiness in the Municipal Bank on Broad Street. Photographs will be selected by a judging panel including Pete James, Head of Photography at the Birmingham Library and Archives, and RIBA Regional Chairman Gavin Orton. The digital exhibition will also be featured in a standalone tour on the Walking Architecture  app and the website


The theme of the photography competition is ‘design culture’. The project focuses on the great value that quality design, art and culture brings to the city and aims to raise awareness of their common purpose in making cities and communities healthier, happier and more desirable places to live and work.


Do you have a favourite building or space, a frequently visited venue or a place that you think is an example of great design and culture in your area?  If so, we would love to hear from you. Simply download the free Walking Architecture app on your iphone or android smartphone, find a space or building you love, go out to take your own images and submit them via the app.


Kerry-Ann O’Neill, President of the Birmingham Architectural Association said about the competition: “We have recently launched a feature on BAApp: Walking Architecture which allows you to upload photographs of the buildings featured. This presents a great opportunity for the general public and budding architectural photographers to upload and showcase their snapshots of Birmingham buildings. As well as featuring the winner’s submissions on the app, we thought it would be great idea to exhibit these at the Thrift Radiates Happiness event on the 15th March to represent the wealth of quality design, arts and culture that we have in our city.”


BAApp: Walking Architecture, a smart phone app, showcases Birmingham’s architecture to city centre visitors by allowing its users to access fact files and tours, rate Birmingham’s buildings, as well to upload their own photos and comments whilst on the move. It was developed by Birmingham digital agency Substrakt and the BAA, with the help of RIBA Local Initiative Funding and BFCAA funding.






Carina Schneider, RIBA West Midlands,, 0121 233 2321

Kerry-Ann O’Neill, BAA President,,  07973 872509


Notes to Editors


  • The app was created in partnership between the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) West Midlands, the Birmingham Architectural Association (BAA) and the Birmingham Five Counties Architecture Association (B&FCAA).
  • Substrakt is a digital media and design agency. It creates online and visual campaigns that help its clients cultivate bigger, better brands.
  • RIBA West Midlands is the regional office for the Royal Institute of British Architects and works to promote the architectural profession, deliver events and professional development within the West Midlands region. We have a diverse professional population of around 1,400 architects in 400 practices providing a rich and dynamic resource for the community.
  • BAA is the Birmingham Architectural Association, the local branch of the RIBA West Midlands and run entirely by local architects and members of the RIBA
  • Thrift Radiates Happiness is the first art & architecture showcase to take place in the Grade II Listed Municipal Bank on Broad Street, opening from 14 – 17 March 2013. For further information visit:

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