PROJECT SOANE - (In)Tangible Heritage

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Call for Papers
June 15, 2022
United Kingdom
Subject Fields: 
Architecture and Architectural History, Urban Design and Planning, Urban History / Studies, Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Fine Arts

Project Soane : Art & Architecture - Digital Modelling & Visulisation

This keynote presenattion at the (In)Tangible Heritage(s) Conference will be a central strand of thE follow on publicaton with Intellect Books. Presented by Melissa DelVecchio of Robert Stern Architects (RAMSA), USA. 


Place: Canterbury, UK / Virtual     -    Organisers: University of Kent

Dates: 15-17 June 2022                -    Abstracts: 30 Nov 2021 (Round 1)  |  30 March 2022 (Round 2)



The worldwide crowdsourced BIM reconstruction and rendering competition of Sir John Soane’s Bank of England.

In 2015, HP invited us [RAMSA] to submit one of our projects to be the subject of an international rendering competition. Excited about the idea, we instead proposed to use this opportunity to reconstruct English architect Sir John Soane’s Bank of England. Soane worked on the Bank of England’s labyrinthine walled complex for forty-five years, from 1788 to 1833, and it is considered his most important commission. The bank’s interiors were demolished in the 1920s to make way for Herbert Baker’s larger bank, which occupies the site today. The demolition of the original Bank of England building is one of architectural history’s greatest losses. Generations of architects have since relied on an incomplete set of floor plans, drawings, models, and historical photographs to study Soane’s building, and we thought a digital model could inspire a new generation of architects.

What if architects today could virtually experience Soane’s spectacular use of neoclassical forms, natural light, and effects of scale? Modeling the bank would be too big a project for a single designer, but is perfectly suited for a crowdsourced effort.

RAMSA teamed up with HP, Autodesk, NVIDIA, CASE, CGarchitect, and Sir John Soane’s Museum and Foundation to virtually reconstruct Soane’s Bank of England using BIM technologies and rendering software in a first-of-its-kind crowdsourced competition.

Melissa DelVecchio, FAIA. Graham S. Wyatt, FAIA


To participate at theis conference, submit an abstract:




The conference welcomes presentations on digital art, architectural modelling, visualisation and rendering.

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Howard Griffin

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