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Alumni Weekend 2021

Please note: this event has already passed.

All Orielenses are welcome to join us at the annual Oriel Alumni Weekend on Friday 17th – Saturday 18th September. As usual we will be hosting a dinner in Hall, followed by a day at College featuring a talk and lunch. Do not miss this opportunity to revisit College and catch up with old friends!

The Alumni dinner will take place from 6.30pm on Friday 17th September. All alumni are welcome to attend along with one guest. Tickets are priced at £50 each, with limited tickets available to Young alumni (matric 2006 onwards) at £40. Tickets include pre-dinner drinks, followed by a three-course dinner in Hall with wine. The dress code is black tie. 

Timings for Friday:
6.30pm – Oriel Chapel Service
7:15pm – Pre-dinner drinks in Large SCR
8:00pm – Dinner in Hall

On Saturday, 18th September from 11.30am, join us for a talk from Richard Griffiths, one of the architects responsible for the recent renovation of the Hall, in the Harris Lecture Theatre – more details below. The talk will take place from 11.30am-12.30pm and will be followed by a two-course lunch with wine in the Champneys Room at 1pm. Tickets for this event are priced at £30 each, and as with the dinner you are also welcome to bring a guest.

Richard Griffiths

Our Speaker – Richard Griffiths MA(Cantab) Dip Arch Grad Dipl Cons(AA) RIBA AABC
Richard is Director of Richard Griffiths Architects, founded in 1993 and specialising in the creative repair and conversion of old buildings to give them a sustainable future for the benefit of the community. The practice has established a particular reputation for award-winning new design in historic contexts.
He was Cathedral Architect for 18 years at St Albans Abbey and for 16 years at Southwark Cathedral, where the Millennium buildings won seven architectural awards, including an RIBA Award. His Lambeth Palace Courtyard project was shortlisted for the RFAC Building of the Year Award in 2000. He has been responsible for major regeneration projects at Sutton House and Eastbury Manor for the National Trust, Kenilworth Castle for English Heritage, at Clissold House, Hackney, and Toynbee Hall, Whitechapel. He was joint architect for the conversion of Sir George Gilbert Scott’s masterpiece, the former Midland Grand Hotel, into a 5* hotel and residential apartments, restoring the public rooms and designing the new wing of the hotel.
In 2018 he published a book, Old Buildings, New Architecture, describing the challenges in creating architecture by adding a new layer to old buildings, as compared with creating architecture for new buildings.

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