Starting this Thursday, November 1, UCSB’s University Art Museum will showcase a collection of images depicting contemporary leaps in architectural thinking. Titled Gritty Brits: New London Architecture, the exhibit features works from six up-and-coming London architectural firms, including Adjaye/Associates, muf, and Sergison Bates. Projects range from ornate mansions built exclusively for the rich and famous to low-income housing projects. The University Art Museum is the only venue on the West Coast to house the exhibit, which will be on display until January 20, 2008. The opening reception for Gritty Brits will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, November 1. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission is free.