Close out spring with these streaming academic lectures and talks

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Close out spring with these streaming academic lectures and talks

Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, 2020 recipients of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture, will give a public talk via Zoom on April 20. (UVA/Courtesy Weiss /Manfredi)

Along with physical classes, a majority of the country’s top architecture and design schools also outright canceled or postponed what remained of their planned spring semester event programming due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

A handful of schools, however, have opted to keep lectures, symposiums, and the like on their respective event calendars and will proceed with hosting them but in an online format. Below you’ll find a select handful of intriguing and enlightening lectures to close out the academic year with.

Most will be held on Zoom and, unless otherwise noted on their individual event pages, all are free and open to the public. Most require pre-registration.

For an even wider range of virtual goings-on in the architecture and design world, check out AN’s Event pages.

The Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture, the City College of New York: Upcoming events held as part of the SCIAME Zoom Lecture Series include: The Rolex Conversations, a filmed discussion between David Adjaye, Niger-born architect Mariam Kamara, and the school’s dean, Lesley Lokko (April 20), and a talk with Denise Hoffman Brandt, director of the Graduate Landscape Architecture Program at the Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture (April 23).

The Cooper Union: On April 28, The Cooper Union, via Zoom, will present New Investigations in Collective Form, a remote lecture by architect and urban designer Neeraj Bhatia.

Harvard Graduate School of Design: On the near horizon for Harvard GSD’s Zoom-based virtual public lecture series: A talk with Jenny and Anda French of Boston-based architecture studio French 2D entitled “Together Again” (April 17);  a live screening of Heinz Emigholz’s Goff in the Desert (April 18)an Earth Day-tied discussion with Moreno Mateos, assistant professor of Landscape Architecture, on the long-term recovery of ecosystems degraded by human development (April 21); and Heritage and Debt: Art in Globalization,” a lecture by David Joselit, professor of Art, Film, and Visual Studies at Harvard (April 23).

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: On April 30, MIT Architecture will host “Informal to Formal,” a conversation with Chris Leong of New York-based practice Leong Leong, as part of its now-virtual Spring Lecture Series.

UCLA Architecture and Urban Design: Rounding out AUD’s 2019-2020 public event series are virtual lectures from Ignacio G. Galan, principal of [igg – office for architecture] (April 29), architectural historian David Gissen (May 13), and Tei Carpenter, Founder of Agency—Agency (May 20).

The University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design: On April 22, UPenn’s McHarg Center will host an online group conversation with the authors of A Planet to Win: Why We Need a Green New Deal.

University of Virginia School of Architecture: On April 20, the UVA School of Architecture will hold, via Zoom, its annual Thomas Jefferson Medalists in Architecture Public Talk with this year’s recipients, Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi of New York-based multidisciplinary design practice Weiss/Manfredi.