Public Lecture Series

Artist-in-Residence — Perry Kulper

Artist-in-Residence — Perry Kulper
28-Oct-2019 - 01-Nov-2019
Knowles Building, The University of Hong Kong, Pokfulam Road, Hong Kong
HKU Architecture Artist-in-Residence
Perry Kulper
Evidentiary Traces + Approximate Surfaces


Perry Kulper is an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. He taught at SCI-Arc for 17 years. His interests include: the generative potential of architectural drawing; the spatial opportunities afforded by using diverse design methods; and in broadening the conceptual range by which architecture contributes to our cultural imagination. He published Pamphlet Architecture 34, ‘Fathoming the Unfathomable: Archival Ghosts and Paradoxical Shadows’ with Nat Chard, 2013. Recently, he ventured into the digital world, hoping to make (non)sense out of ‘cut + paste’ and ‘magic wand’ operations in Photoshop. Fantastic beasts have also been on his mind.

 Seminar – Ethics + Roles of Representation, with a Dash of Design Methods… Unpacked

Date: 28 October 2019 (Monday)
Time: 12:30 – 14:30
Venue: Room 419, Knowles Building, HKU

The seminar is comprised of two parts. One, hinged to building an ethics around architectural representation, enabling greater understanding about deploying representation techniques discretionarily. Two, the seminar will expose a range of design methods, 14 of them, setting into play a structural unpacking of things like their etymologies, operating preferences, relations to forms of authorship, their directness, or not, with respect to spatial production and how to put them into practice—a kind of template for operations. Trough framing and examples, the seminar will argue for the creative agency of representation and design methods towards cultural effectiveness and increased versatility and dexterity for architects.

*Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

AIR Programme Workshop – Aerial Agencies  

Date: 28 – 31 October 2019 (Monday – Thursday)
Venue: Room 318, Knowles Building, HKU

*Registration: In collaboration with Graduate Institute of Architecture at the National Chiao Tung University, an advanced studio led by Wei Tseng and Thomas Tsang will participate in the workshop. Due to the limited availability, registration is required to ensure your participation. Limits of 10 students from HKU Department of Architecture. Please contact Ms. Angela Ting at
Tickled by interests in mixing ways of working, techniques of representation, and implicating worlds in other worlds, Aerial Agencies, will venture into aerial worlds, exploring spatial and representational realms seldom considered in our beloved discipline. Aerial acrobats, circus-like elements will be imagined, sussed out and situated in a range of skies, each student producing one provocative, imaginative and intense image, highly worked and trading on multiple languages of representation—mini-aerial fictions, thickened worlds of possibility, imagination stretchers. Post-production and acts of erasure might stick their noses into the represented frenzies, teasing the aerial inhabitants into shenanigans, otherwise unanticipated.

Public Lecture – Evidentiary Traces

Date: 1 November 2019 (Friday)
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Venue: Room 419, Knowles Building, HKU

‘Evidentiary Traces’ will unpack a working background comprised of influences, hunches, and flat out shots in the dark toward constructing a spatial practice through architectural representation. Using examples of work, alongside references to a few key influences, ‘Evidentiary Traces’ will build a calculus of relational assemblies that point to developing spatial, representational, cultural and disciplinary participation. Thoughts about language prompts, analogous thinking, the naming problem, tailored visualizations, and inventive programmatic formulations will populate the margins. ‘Evidentiary Traces’ will game with influences and a cross-section of work, tracing a process of constructing a practice where an architect might need to be many architects.
*Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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