New release for the BAApp: Walking Architecture

Author: Andy Hartwell

It’s been just over a year since we launched the Walking Architecture Birmingham mobile application in partnership with the RIBA and BAA (Birmingham Architecture Association). The app and accompanying website has been well received throughout Birmingham (and has since been adopted by the East Midlands with appropriate branding and content).

As of last week a revised version has been published on the iOS App Store and Google Play and is now much improved with new interactive features, a slight face lift and iPhone 5 design.

New features include the ability to rate buildings as well as add comments. The app can now handle different media types so a building can include video content, audio and PDF documents (plans, proposals etc). Users can also now upload images to a building, either taking them in app or uploading from their photo library.

As well as the new front-end features, we’ve reworked how the data is stored and managed, using a mobile data management service called Nymbol, developed by our own Mark Steadman. You can read more about this on the Nymbol site.


The BAA and RIBA hosted a party at Yorks Bakery last Thursday to celebrate the app’s birthday, announce these brand new exciting features, and launch a photography competition which has kicked off to promote the new app feature. I was invited to introduce the updates to the app, and much to my delight there was an iPhone BAApp cake that was absolutely delicious (thanks to Yorks Bakery!).

The app can be downloaded from the Walking Architecture website.