1 Ma Yansong in Los Angeles, September 15
The Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Distinguished Architects Lecture Series kicks off the year with a talk from Ma Yansong, founder and principal partner of MAD Architects, the firm behind the curvaceous Absolute Towers in Mississauga, Ontario. He’ll share insight into some of his upcoming cultural projects, including Cloud Corridor and 8600 Wilshire, in the works for Los Angeles, and Harbin Cultural Island. Also part of the conversation is his Shanshui City concept for finding a balance between urban and natural environments through new forms of architecture.
2 Hugh Broughton, Lancashire, U.K., September 17
One of today’s coolest firms, Hugh Broughton Architects is world renowned for its arctic work. Its best known project, the RIBA award-winning Halley VI Research Station, was completed in 2013 and now sits on a floating ice shelf, 900 miles from the South Pole. Founder Hugh Broughton will deliver a lecture at the University of Central Lancashire as part of RIBA’s Love Architecture Festival.
3 David Chipperfield, London, September 19
The British architect is currently in the news following the approval of his plans to redevelop the Selfridges flagship store, on London’s Oxford Street. He’ll be delivering this talk just around the corner, at the Valcucine showroom, where Kate Goodwin, head of architecture, and Drue Heinz curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, will join him on stage. They’ll discuss architecture solutions that consider both the identity of buildings and the cities they stand in, as well as the significance of complex cultural heritage projects.
4 & 5 Álvaro Siza in Montreal and Toronto, September 24 and 25
The legendary Portuguese architect will visit Montreal and Toronto this month, speaking first at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, which is currently hosting the exhibition “Corner, Block, Neighbourhood, Cities. Álvaro Siza in Berlin and The Hague.” The show is an exploration of two of the Pritzker-winner’s most significant works from the 1980s: Bonjour Tristesse in Germany and Punt en Komma in Amsterdam. The talk also coincides with the arrival of a collection of archival material from Siza’s office, which he announced last year would be donated to the CCA.
The following day he stops off at the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design for a talk that will focus on two projects which aim to transform his home city of Porto.
6 Moshe Safdie in New York, September 24
The architect, urban planner and author – who first the grabbed world’s attention in his early twenties, with his masterplan for Expo 67 in Montreal, and the innovative Habitat 67 prefabricated housing complex – will join critic Nicolai Ouroussoff for this conversation at the National Academy Museum. The talk will cover architecture as well as art, context and culture and complements the museum’s recently launched exhibition “Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie,” on view through January 10.
7 Right Now Symposium, Los Angeles, September 25 and 26
Hernan Diaz Alonso will kick off his tenure as SCI-Arc’s dean by hosting this two-day conversation surrounding the most promising directions that contemporary architecture is heading in. Emceed by faculty members Todd Gannon and Tom Wiscombe, the event will act as a catalyst for new ideas and includes such guest speakers as Benjamin Bratton, Neil Denari, Jimenez Lai, Jennifer Leung, Lucy McRae, Jason Payne, Liam Young and Michael Young.