10 June 2021
Flores & Prats
The studio of Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats was established in 1998 and focuses on processes of design and construction combined with intense academic engagement. Subsequent to their experience working in the studio of the architect Enric Miralles, Ricardo and Eva have developed a practice in which research is integrated with making and building, a practice that acknowledges the importance of the public interpretation and critical perspectives that the built work attracts as part of this process.
17 June 2021
R & R Studios, the collaborative office of Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt is a multidisciplinary practice weaving together visual arts, architecture, design and the city. Celebrated, as one critic put it “as architects of hope” their works propose encounters of stories and spaces, which alternate between the personal and the public, the quotidian and the extraordinary, the poetical and the political. R & R Studios works erase boundaries between art and life and suggest “imaginary solutions” for a better world.
16 September 2021
Scenographies of Diaspora and Dispersal
Professor Lesley Lokko is the founder and director of the African Futures Institute @african_futures_institute(AFI) in Accra, Ghana, an independent postgraduate school of architecture and public events platform. She was the founder and director of the GSA , University of Johannesburg (2014—2019) and the Dean of Architecture at the Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture (2019—2020). She is the editor of White Papers, Black Marks: Architecture, Race, Culture (University of Minnesota Press, 2000) and editor-in-chief of FOLIO: Journal of Contemporary African Architecture. In 2004, she made the successful transition from academic to novelist with the publication of her first novel, Sundowners (Orion 2004) and has since followed with twelve further bestsellers. She is a founding member of the UN-Habitat Council on Urban Initiatives; a member of the 17th International Jury of the Venice Architecture Biennale and a trustee of the London-based Architecture Foundation.
Sumayya Vally is the Principal of @_counterspace , a Johannesburg-based architecture and research studio. Sumayya’s design, research and pedagogical practice is searching for expression for hybrid identities and contested territories. Her work is often forensic, and draws on the aural, performance, the supernatural, the wayward and the overlooked as generative places of history and work. She is presently based between Johannesburg and London as the youngest ever architect of the Serpentine Pavilion 2020/1. She has recently worked on initiating and developing Support Structures for Support Structures at the Serpentine, an initiative which supports and networks artists working at the intersections of arts and ecology, arts and social justice and arts and the archive.
Sumayya is the current Pelli Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at the Illinois School of Architecture at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and was recently named to the TIME100 Next list celebrating 100 emerging leaders shaping the future.
28 October 2021
Jimenez Lai – Bureau Spectacular
Jimenez Lai @0super was born in Taiwan, came of age in Canada, and lives in Los Angeles. He works at Bureau Spectacular. Previously, Lai lived in a desert shelter at Taliesin and resided in a shipping container at Atelier Van Lieshout on the piers of Rotterdam. Lai's work focuses on the relationship between storytelling and architecture. His first book, Citizens of No Place, a graphic novel, was published by Princeton Architectural Press. Draft II of this book has been archived at the New Museum. Bureau Spectacular was a past participant of the Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015 and 2017. Lai has won various awards, including the Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Debut Award at the Lisbon Triennale, and the 2017 Designer of the Future Award at Art Basel. In 2014, Lai represented Taiwan at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. In 2015, Lai organized the Treatise exhibition and publication series at the Graham Foundation. Lai has taught at various universities around the world, including Cornell, National University of Singapore, University of Southern California, UCLA, and Columbia University. Lai's work has been collected by MoMA, SFMOMA, Art Institute of Chicago, and LACMA.
Bureau Spectacular imagines other worlds and engages design through telling stories. Beautiful stories about character development, relationships, curiosities, and attitudes; absurd stories about impossible realities that invite enticing possibilities. The stories conflate design, representation, theory, criticism, history, and taste into cartoon pages. These cartoon narratives swerve into the physical world through architectural installations, designed objects, interiors, and architecture.
13 September 2021
GSA Director Prof Mark Raymond travelled to the USA as Plym Distinguished Visiting Professor and gave the DVP Lecture there.
3 November 2021
Museum Associations of the Caribbean – Keynote
Various other international lectures and engagements
Director of the Graduate School of Architecture, Prof Mark Raymond, will be presenting the keynote address at the Museum Association of the Caribbean (MAC) 2021 Conference opening!
The conference opens with his keynote, today, 3rd November at 3:00 pm, EDT.
8 November 2021
African Studies Workshop featuring Prof António Tomás
Prof António Tomás will be featured in the African Studies Workshop at Harvard University Centre for African Studies. Prof Tomas will be presenting Urbanism interrupted: Informal Economy, National Reconstruction and Luanda's Urban Morphology
The virtual event took place on Monday, November 8, 2021, 2:00pm to 4:00pm.
More information in the link below:
11 November 2021
On Architecture Education
OnArch Education – Working with organising institutions: the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina); and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (ETSA-Vallès, Spain presentation in May The following Graduate School of Architecture students will be presenting in the first round on 11 November: Patricia Bandora, Fahmeeda Osman and Cindy Zanele.
12 November 2021
Venice Biennale – in collaboration with LW Circus as part of the Italian Pavilion – various online international presentations throughout the year at this international event by Prof raymond.