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Study Tours

As part of our commitment to a learning culture at Momentum our whole office undertakes an annual study tour to a selected city. We organise an itinerary around architecturally and structurally interesting buildings we can learn from. It’s also a great opportunity for our two offices to socialise and sample the local cuisine.

2023 . Centre for Alternative Technology, Machynlleth

Woodland walks, talks and workshops including timber milling, timber structures, rammed earth, CobBauge and block and mortar at the world-leading eco centre. 

2022 . Ghent

Boat and walking tours around the historical city of Ghent. A self-guided tour to see a number of landmark buildings including STAM - City Museum, Stadshal City Pavilion, Wintercircus, De Krook and Saint Bavo's Cathedral. 

2021 . Liverpool

Guided tours around the city to visit Oriel Chambers, Liverpool Cathedral, Tate Liverpool, Blue Coat Building, Museum of Liverpool and the Albert Docks. Complete with a scenic ferry trip across the Mersey. 


2019 . Amsterdam

Cycling tours in and around the city centre with Architour including Central Station, Westerdokseiland, EYE Film Institute and the residential islands of Ijburg to admire various Dutch engineering feats.

2018 . Edinburgh

Another visit to Scotland, this time with an expert commentary on history, development, philosophy, arts and architecture, delivered by our own native of Edinburgh. Three days of walking included a visit to the Scottish Parliament, to see the earlier work of one of our directors.

2017 . Porto

A walking tour of the city, provided by Jonny Pugh, with visits to iconic buildings including The Casa da Música, Livraria Lello, São Bento Railway Station and Igreja de Santa Clara, plus a climb to the top of Arrábida Bridge. 

2016 . Glasgow

Walking tours through the city with GSofA guides, discovering Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow and the Reid Building. Visiting some of the iconic buildings and bridges of the Clyde Waterfront Regeneration. And more.

2015 . Paris

Visit to Philharmonie de Paris in Parc de la Villette and to Louis Vuitton Foundation. And an afternoon bicycle tour along the sunny Seine. 

2014 . Cardiff

Visits and tours of the National Assembly Building, the Wales Millennium Centre, the Millennium Stadium and Cardiff Central Library.

2013 . Basel

Guided tours through the Vitra Campus and in the city. Richard Meier, Alvaro Siza, Herzog & de Meuron, Sanaa, Nicholas Grimshaw, Tadao Ando, Renzo Piano, Frank Gehry.

2012 . London

Visit to the London Olympic Park to see many projects we worked on for the games. We were also given a guided backstage tour of the National Theatre where we have been doing work on its famous drum revolve stage. 

2011 . Berlin

Tour of Chipperfield’s Neues Museum. Mies Van der Rohe’s Pavilion and Hans Sharoun’s Philharmonie.

2010 . Barcelona

Tour of Mercat de Santa Caterina with friends from EMBT.

2009 . Belgium

Visit to the Dragone Theatre rehearsal space to look at the flying systems we worked on. Visited Bruges, Antwerp and Brussels.


2008 . Stranded by Eurostar

Our train broke down on the way to Berlin! We returned to Bath to study the local Georgian architecture and plan our 2009 Study Tour...

2007 . Rotterdam

Visit to OMA offices and model shop, Sundowners in Wijn of Water (a bar made from containers).

2006 . Paris

Tour of Bibliothèque nationale de France with Dominique Perrault Architecture.