• More than 100 companies are already signed up to exhibit at SDS18
  • Visitor registration for 2018 is now open!
  • Sponsor a 2018 Surface Design Award Category - the industry's most prestigious event
  • The 2018 Opening Night & Live Debate - officially in association with NLA & RIBA
  • 2018 Surface Design Award Finalists have been announced

Opening Night Live Debate

Tuesday 6 February 2018 18.00-21.00

Surface Design Show 2018 will begin with its ever popular Opening Night Live Debate 

Organised in association with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and New London Architecture (NLA), the Opening Night Live Debate will highlight the issues facing young Londoners as they seek to become home owners.

Peter Murray Chairman of NLA will chair the debate; “A crisis for the next generation – is London just for the wealthy?” Speakers include RIBA President Ben Derbyshire.

Peter Murray, Chairman NLA

Peter serves as the Chairman of NLA. Trained as an architect, he was an editor of Building Design and RIBA Journal before starting Blueprint in 1983. He has curated a number of major architectural exhibitions and is Chairman of the communications consultancy Wordsearch. He is founder of both NLA and the London Festival of Architecture and is author of various architectural books including “The saga of Sydney Opera House” and “A passion to build”. He is a visiting professor of IE University in Madrid and Hon. Sec. of the Bedford Park Society and was recently installed as the Master Architect of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects



Benjamin Derbyshire, Dip Arch Cantab RIBA

Ben Derbyshire is Chair of HTA Design LLP, a design consultancy to the home building industry, practicing ‘creative collaboration’ in a range of professional and other disciplines. A member of the practice since 1976 and a co-owner since 1986, Ben became a main board director when the practice incorporated in 2000 and was appointed Managing Director in 2005. Ben became Managing Partner in 2013 when HTA Architects Limited became HTA Design LLP and then Chair in 2016.
Ben has worked on a many complex large-scale schemes undertaken by the practice over the years. As well as acting as HTA's Chair, Ben is responsible for the practices internal Design Review process and leads the Marketing effort. He has built up broad-ranging expertise through involvement in much of HTA’s work in regeneration, masterplanning, housing and mixed use design. Ben was elected as President of the RIBA in a ballot of members in August 2016.  He became President in September 2017.

2018 Opening Night Live Debate is in association with










Media Partners

a1 lighting Logo a1 retail Logo Archetech Logo Architecture Today Logo Architects Choice Logo Art of Design Logo Design Insider LogoBuilding Pieces LogoBlueprint Magazine Logo Contract Flooring Journal Logo Covet Edition LogoDesign Curial LogoDesign Buy Build Magazine DezeenDeezen JobsGS Magazine LogoInterior Design Today Logo  Hospitality Interiors LogoMix Interiors Retail Focus Logo Tile & Stone Journal


Business Design Centre LogoCorian Design LogoEden Anglo French LogoFinsa LogoJames Latham Logo LED Linear


Anne Kyro Quinn Design BIID FIS SBID

Maggies logo