Public Lecture Series

Jonathan Sergison

Jonathan Sergison
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Room 419, 4/F, Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
Housing Models in the European City
Jonathan Sergison

Lecture Abstract

In our practice housing has occupied us more than any other form of building programme. This is the result of a set of conscious decisions taken from the outset but is also the result of circumstances. Housing represents the largest component of any city and it follows that for an architect this is the task that holds the greatest need.

This lecture will draw upon our experience of developing solutions to the numerous and variable places we find ourselves working in, and reacting to, within our work as architects. Invariably the context for our work is the European city, a place we find endlessly inspiring for the architectural lessons it holds.


Jonathan Sergison graduated from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 1989 and gained professional experience working for David Chipperfield and Tony Fretton.

Jonathan Sergison and Stephen Bates founded Sergison Bates architects in London in 1996, and in 2010 a second studio was opened in Zurich Switzerland. Sergison Bates architects have built numerous projects worldwide and the practice has received many prizes and awards. The work of Sergison Bates architects has been extensively published.

Jonathan Sergison has taught at a number of schools of architecture, including the University of North London, the Architectural Association in London, was Visiting Professor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne (EPFL), the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. Since 2008 he has been Professor of Design and Construction at the Accademia di Mendrisio, Switzerland.

He is particularly interested in urban questions and the conditions of the contemporary European city. More specifically he has addressed through writing, teaching and practice the role housing might play in this changing context.

He regularly writes and lectures, attends reviews in schools of architecture and is actively involved in commissions and competition juries.

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