10 Upcoming Architecture and Design Lectures

10 Upcoming Architecture and Design Lectures

As the fall semester kicks off, artists and architects – including big names like Bjarke Ingels, Zaha Hadid and Renzo Piano – are offering up their thoughts to the public. Here are 10 architecture and design lectures bound to inspire.


1 Bjarke Ingels in Cambridge, MA, on September 4
Renowned for conjuring up such playful forms as a twisting cultural centre in Arnhem (top) and a honeycombed apartment complex in the Bahamas (above), Bjarke Ingels of Copenhagen firm Bjarke Ingels Group can also deliver a captivating lecture. “Worldcraft” describes a sweeping vision of city-building that will touch on his scheme to storm-proof lower Manhattan.
Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA. 6:30pm.


2 Bing Thom in Toronto, on September 10
The 2013 winner of the National Design for Living Prize will deliver the Margolese Lecture for UBC at Toronto’s Design Exchange. The award recognizes Bing Thom’s outstanding contributions to living environments for Canadians of all economic classes, through works like his Surrey City Centre Library (above).
The Design Exchange, 234 Bay St, Toronto, ON. 6:30pm.


3 David Baker and Andrea Cochrane in Los Angeles, on September 17
This keynote address to the Affordable Housing Design Leadership Institute will examine the Richardson Apartments – a 120-unit complex in central San Francisco for low-income, formerly homeless residents – and is presented by project architect David Baker and landscape architect Andrea Cochrane.
University of Southern California, 850 West 37th Street, Los Angeles, CA. 6:00pm.


4 Wolfgang Ernst in Montreal, on September 25
The Canadian Centre for Architecture’s groundbreaking Archaeology of the Digital exhibition has returned for its second phase, Media and Machines, which digs through digital artifacts from the earliest days of computer-aided architecture. In conjunction with the exhibition, Wolfgang Ernst of Humboldt University delivers this lecture on the possibilities of “media archaeology” as a method of research.
Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920 rue Baile, Montreal, QC. 6:00pm.


5 Cornelia Hahn Oberlander with Susan Herrington in Toronto, on October 7
Professor and author Susan Herrington sits down with Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, the subject of her recent biography, to discuss a six-decade career that began when Oberlander fled Nazi Germany in 1921. One of the most important figures in modern landscape design, she has worked alongside Louis Kahn, Moshe Safdie and Renzo Piano.
University of Toronto, 230 College St, Toronto, ON. 6:30pm.


6 Johanna Hurme and Sasa Radulovic in Montreal, on October 20
The founding partners of 5468796 Architecture head east to discuss nearly a decade of work that includes the attention-grabbing OMS Stage, Canada’s exhibition at the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture, and the elevated saucer of the still-to-come 62M condos in the firm’s hometown of Winnipeg.
McGill University, 815 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC. 6:00pm.

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7 Zaha Hadid in Los Angeles, on October 24
Pritzker-winner and lightning rod Zaha Hadid makes a rare appearance in Los Angeles to share insights gained while working on dozens of high-profile projects, from the much-lauded Heydar Aliyev Centre (above) to the London Aquatics Centre and the controversial 2022 FIFA World Cup Stadium in Qatar.
University of Southern California, 850 West 37th Street, Los Angeles, CA. 7:00pm.


8 Rianne Makkink in Delft, the Netherlands, on October 24
Architect Rianne Makkink, half of the versatile and audacious Studio Makkink & Bey, speaks at The Berlage about her practice, which distills the principles of urban planning, architecture and landscape into product designs. Its works range in scale from tableware to museum interiors, but are always predicated on a sensitive understanding of the larger systems that impart to each object its usefulness.
Delft University of Technology, Julianalaan 134, Delft, The Netherlands. 2:00pm.


9 Catie Newell in Seattle, on November 4
Catie Newell, founder of Alibi Studio and professor of architecture at U Michigan, will speak about her unique take on art and placemaking in the context of present-day Detroit, touching on a series of sculptures and installations that employ perforation, parasitism and aggregation to activate local structures.
University of Washington, 3950 University Way NE, Seattle, WA. 6:00pm.


10 Renzo Piano in Cambridge, MA, on November 6
What can one say about Renzo Piano? The 76-year-old virtuoso claimed his Pritzker 16 years ago, yet continues to delight us with the freshness of his monumental ideas – from the Shard (above), which forever changed the London skyline in 2013, to the double-curved aluminum shell of the Pathé Foundation’s soon-to-be-opened headquarters in Paris.
Harvard Graduate School of Design, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA. 6:30pm.

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