We have moved from the age of theory into the era of discourse – the expression, exchange, and debate of ideas through text, conversation, or image. How we talk, present, and write about architecture is vital to the discipline, and reveals much about the priorities and values circulating through our institutions and among our faculty and students.
Discourse takes many forms, but all of these forms depend on words to clarify, challenge, and engage. Finding common ground through words is also important, and this series invites current faculty and recent visiting faculty in the Department of Architecture to discuss key words in the discipline, particularly as they relate to design thesis.
This semester’s terms – speculation, iteration, and resolution – relate to architectural education and practice more generally, but they take on a specificity and urgency in connection to design thesis, which occupies significant if somewhat uncertain terrain in a student’s architectural education. To that end, this series aims to spark discussion among faculty and students regarding not simply what particular words might mean, but what thesis means in architectural education today, and the ways we define, interpret, and communicate that meaning.
Izaskun Chinchilla Moreno, Professor of Architectural Practice, UCL, the Bartlett School of Architecture
Sam Jacob, Professor of Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago / Principal, Sam Jacob Studio
Lu Xiaoxuan, Assistant Professor, Division of Landscape Architecture, HKU
Olga Aleksakova and Julia Burdova, Founders, Buromoscow
Gilles Retsin, Lecturer, UCL, the Bartlett School of Architecture / Director, UCL AUAR Labs
Kaicong Wu, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, HKU
Dieter Dietz, Director, Section of Architecture at EPFL / Associate Professor, EPFL – ALICE Laboratory
Yusuke Obuchi, Associate Professor and Director of the Obuchi Laboratory, Department of Architecture, University of Tokyo
Sony Devabhaktuni, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, HKU