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UEL to host lecture series on international contemporary architecture


UEL is hosting a series of public lectures by top contemporary architecture academics

Top international professors from Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will be among key speakers at the University of East London for a series of six public lectures on contemporary architecture, starting this autumn.

Curated by Carlo Cappai and Maria Alessandra Segantini, from C+S Architects, the fourth annual November Lecture Series at the University’s School of Architecture, opened at the end of October and has a line-up of eminent international speakers throughout November and December.

International speakers explore the relationship between research and practice in architecture as a tool to tackle the environmental, social and economic urgencies of our contemporary times.

Invited lecturers from USA, Italy, Egypt and the UK will present how the connection of their work bridges between practice and academia.

The free public lectures, organised by the University in cooperation with the Sto-Foundation, a German Education Foundation, run throughout November and December. Guests have included Harvard and MIT professors Sheila Kennedy and Frano Violich, who spoke at the end of October. 

Andreas Kipar, who is focusing on Landscape, Architecture, Nature, Development (LAND) on the theme ‘Open Spaces Create Urban Spaces’, will head up the next lecture on 5 November. The series concludes on 10 December with speaker Hanaa Dahy from the University of Stuttgart showcasing her current industrial projects.  Other upcoming themes include a look at ‘natural structure,’ and geometry, pattern, texture and spatial complexity in architecture.

Dr David Tann, Head of the School of Architecture, Computing and Engineering at the University of East London, said, “As part of our joint aim to support up-and-coming industry talents, our sponsor Sto-Foundation has generously added more funding this year, so we are able to host six high profile speakers for these annual lectures rather than the usual four. This is a fantastic benefit to the students - our future graduates! These lectures help to enhance our focus at this University on promoting skills and innovation among our students for Industry 4.0 readiness.”

The eminent line-up of speakers also includes Jon Lott, principal of PARA, cofounding member of CLOK, and Assistant Professor of Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he is Director of the Master in Architecture Programme. He has received a string of awards, including the Emerging Voices Award by the Architectural League of New York, the Design Vanguard award by the Architectural Record and the New Practices New York award by the American Institute of Architects, New York. He will be speaking on 26 November on ‘Another Architecture’.

The Sto-Foundation focuses on the future through education and supports young people in their craft and academic education.

The successful "November Series", of lectures, open to the public, has been sponsored by the foundation since its launch in 2006. After the series at the University of East London, the lectures go on to five more venues: Stuttgart, Graz, Venice, Paris and Prague. 

The University of East London’s lectures will be at the University’s School of Architecture, AVA Atrium Theatre, Docklands Campus, University Way, E16 2RD and all the lectures start at 6 pm.

Here is the full list of scheduled lectures: 
5 November, Andreas Kipar, LAND, IT, DE
19 November, Bryan Young, Young Projects, USA
26 November, Jon Lott, Paraproject, GSD Harvard University
3 December, Michael Ramage, Light Earth Designs, Cambridge University, UK
10 December, Hanaa Dahy, BioMAT IKTE, University of Stuttgart.