New London Architecture

The Murray Lecture: London - greatest city on the planet?

Annual Lecture

Thursday 04 July 2024
18:15 - 20:00

Join Peter Murray for the inaugural Murray Lecture, followed by a conversation with Beatrice Galilee, exploring London’s position on the global stage. 

Shaping the future of global cities

Delving into the essence of what makes London the greatest city in the world, Peter Murray will discuss the key elements of great cities, with Beatrice Galilee, British curator and international writer on design and architecture, currently living in New York.

Peter Murray is the Co-Founder of NLA, and founder of the London Festival of Architecture. He is Chairman of the Temple Bar Trust, Past Master of the Architects’ Company and a Director of the Earth Architecture Lab. He was previously a Mayor of London’s Design Advocate and a board member of Be First, Barking and Dagenham’s regeneration delivery company.

Beatrice Galilee is a London-born, New York-based curator, writer and advisor who is internationally recognised for her expertise in global contemporary architecture and design. She is the co-founder and executive director of The World Around, an organisation dedicated to amplifying impactful global design and architecture. She is the author of Radical Architecture of the Future, and between 2014-2019 served as the first curator of contemporary architecture and design at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Join us for an insightful lecture and conversation that illuminates the path forward for London and cities worldwide by two of our industry’s most profound speakers.



Introduction to Peter Murray OBE and Beatrice Galilee, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The World Around

Catherine Staniland, Director, NLA

Peter Murray OBE, Co-Founder, NLA 

Conversation and Q&A 
Beatrice Galilee, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The World Around
Peter Murray OBE, Co-Founder, NLA 


Speaker biographies

Peter Murray OBE

Co-Founder, NLA

Catherine Staniland

Director, New London Architecture

Beatrice Galilee

Founder, The World Around


The Royal Geographical Society
1 Kensington Gore
South Kensington


There is level access to the venue via the main entrance on Exhibition Road. An accessible toilet is available and wheelchair spaces and an induction loop are available in the Ondaatje Theatre. Registered assistance dogs are welcome. If you would like more information, or have any access requirements, please let us know what these are and how we can best accommodate these by emailing


Concession tickets are available for students and senior citizens, and a valid form of ID will be required upon entry.


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