Spring 2015 Public Lecture Series – Eva Franch i Gilabert

Spring 2015 Public Lecture Series – Eva Franch i Gilabert
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Lecture Title:
Spring 2015 Public Lecture Series - Eva Franch i Gilabert
Room 419, Knowles Building, Pokfulam Road, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Department of Architecture
Spring 2015 Public Lecture Series

Speaker: Eva Franch i Gilabert
Lecture Title:  Towards A Theory Of Earliness

Date:   30 January 2015 (Friday)
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Venue: KB419, Knowles Building HKU

Date:   2 February 2015 (Monday)
Time: 19:00 – 20:30
Venue: Shanghai Study Centre, HKU, No. 298, North Suzhou Road, Hong Kou District, Shanghai, China

About the Speaker:

Franch is an architect. Since 2010, Franch is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of Storefront for Art and Architecture. Franch has taught at Columbia University GSAPP, the IUAV University of Venice, SUNY Buffalo and at Rice University School of Architecture. In 2004 she founded her solo practice OOAA (Office Of Architectural Affairs) while building in Catalonia. She studied at TU Delft and earned an M. Arch from ETSA Barcelona-UPC, and an M. Arch. II from Princeton University. In 2005 Franch was awarded La Caixa Fellowship for Postgraduate Studies,  in 2006 the Howard Crosby Butler Traveling Fellowship by Princeton University, in 2007 the  Suzanne Kolarik Underwood Prize by Princeton University,  in 2008 the Peter Reyner Banham Fellow at SUNY Buffalo, in 2009 the Wortham Fellow at Rice University and in 2010 a  Schloss Solitude Residency Fellowship in Stuttgart . Her work has been exhibited internationally including FAD Barcelona, the Venice Architecture Biennale and the Shenzen Architecture Biennale among others.

At Storefront, her most recent projects include the launch of a new publication Series in partnership with Lars Müller, exhibitions such asNo Shame: Storefront for Sale  and POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Position s, the launch of the Storefront International Series and projects such as WorldWide Storefront, commissioning major design projects such as the Speechbuster, and developing projects like the Competition of Competitions. Most recently, the State Department selected Storefront and Franch jointly with a curatorial and design team to represent the U.S. Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale with the project OfficeUS.

She has lectured internationally on art, architecture and the importance of alternative practices in the construction and understanding of public life.

Lecture Synopsis:

Cultural institutions around the world are dedicated to collect and present either past or contemporary forms of knowledge. Storefront for Art and Architecture is an institution dedicated to the production of alternatives. Its program of exhibitions, events, competitions, publications and special projects provides an alternative platform for dialogue and collaboration across disciplinary, ideological, and geographic boundaries. Through its physical and digital platforms, Storefront provides an open forum for experiments that impact the understanding and future of cities, territories and public life.


****All interested are welcome****