Get back into the groove with these fall lecture series and talks

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Get back into the groove with these fall lecture series and talks

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Back in the fall of 2020 when AN first started regularly compiling academic lecture series presented by a range of top architecture schools, we were, well, in a starkly different place. All events at the time were presented virtually due to the COVID-19 crisis, a necessary move that did have one distinct upside: the shift to online public programming opened the proverbial door for considerably larger audiences unrestrained by pesky practicalities like geographic locale.

A full two years later, lecture series have overwhelmingly transitioned back to in-person affairs (farewell, Zoom Webinar) although many schools smartly continue to offer virtual counterparts for those who would like to join in from further afield.

Below is a non-exhaustive roundup of forthcoming or freshly underway fall 2022 lecture series presented by architecture schools from coast to coast. Specific dates, times, and locations can be confirmed on the events pages of each respective school/program. We’ll update this page as more talks worth scoping out are announced in the coming days.

Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design at the University of Arkansas

On the roster for the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design’s Fall 2022 Lecture Series are Yolande Daniels, Philip Bernstein, Paola Aguirre & Dennis Milam, Chris Cornelius, Germane Barnes, David Leven and Stella Betts, Julia Gamolina, and Toshiko Mori, who wraps up this year’s talks on November 14. All lectures are free and open to the public.

Harvard Graduate School of Design

The Harvard GSD’s Fall 2022 Public Lecture Series kicks off on September 8 an “intimate conversation” between architect Sumayya Vally of Johannesburg studio Counterspace and dean Sarah M. Whiting and continues through the fall academic season with talks from Milton S.F. Curry, James Wines, Wanda Dalla Costa, and Paul Walker, author of the Harvard Design Press title John Andrews: Architect of Common Sense, among others. The series wraps up on November 17 with the Wheelwright Prize Lecture presented by Aleksandra Jaeschke, 2019 recipient of the prestigious traveling fellowship for early-career architects. All lectures, free and open to the public, are held at Gund Hall’s Piper Auditorium unless otherwise noted.

Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University

Lecturers appearing this semester as part of Knowlton’s six-part Baumer Series, entitled Future Geographies, include Brandon Clifford, Yuts, Antoine Picon, Kian Goh, Laura Wolf-Powers, and Tatiana Bilbao. Held on Wednesday evenings, all lectures are free, open to the public, and held in-person at Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium.

Rice University School of Architecture

The fall edition of Rice Architecture’s 2022–2023 Lecture Series, Engaging Pluralism, commences on September 7 with On Thresholds, a conversation with Mónica Rivera and Emiliano López, principals and co-founders of Barcelona-based Emiliano López Mónica Rivera Arquitectos. Further down the line are lectures from Rania Ghosn, Walter Benn Michaels, Rozana Montiel, Margarita Jovier, and David Gissen, along with other panels, faculty talks, roundtables, and more. All Rice Architecture lectures are free and open to the public and will be held at MD Anderson Hall’s Farish Gallery unless otherwise noted. The events will also be livestreamed via Zoom Webinar.

Southern California Institute of Architecture

Populating SCI-Arc’s Fall 2022 Lecture Series lineup are Zhu Pei, Garrett Jacobs, Michael Rotondi, Neil Denari, Deborah Garcia, Behnaz Farahi, and Mariana Ibañez. With the exception of the livestreamed lecture on October 12 from Pei, all featured speakers will be featured in-person at W.M. Keck Hall at SCI-Arc’s L.A. Arts District campus.

The Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York 

Entitled Border Crossings: Architecture and Migration in the Americas, the in-person Sciame Fall 2022 Lecture Series at the Spitzer School of Architecture commences on September 8 with a talk from Ana María León. It continues through the semester with featured lecturers that include Gabriel Díaz Montemayor, Claudio Lomnitz, C.J. Alvarez, Sarah Lynn Lopez, William Brinkman-Clark, Miguel Rábago Dorbecker, Loreta Castro Reguera and Gabriela Carrillo Valadez, and Arturo Ortiz Struck. Scheduled for October 20 is a special lecture co-sponsored by the Society for American City and Regional Planning History featuring Paul Farber, cofounder and director of Monument Lab, as the keynote for the SACRPH 2022 Harlem Conference. Held at Sciame Lecture Hall with a remote option available, all lectures are free and open to the public.

The University of Southern California School of Architecture

USC Architecture’s fall 2022 slate of public programming, ARCHITECTURE ENGAGED, is described as a “series of conversations, symposiums, creative talks, exhibitions and events in which USC Architecture engages the Los Angeles community and the global public in innovative thought, practice, and social impact – by connecting architecture thinking to systemic challenges for individuals, cities, and regions.” Lectures kicked off on August 29 with a talk from Amrita Mahindroo, cofounder of DROO Architects, and continue through the season with a lineup that includes Toshiko Mori, David Adjaye, Sean Canty, Galo Canizares, Jessica M. Henson, and others. All lectures, free and open to the public, are held on Monday evenings at Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center at Harris Hall.

The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

Spanning from September 7 through November 9, the UT Austin School of Architecture’s Fall 2022 Lecture Series includes Mauricio Rocha, Murray Legge, Liam Young, J. Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler, Thomas Kelley and Carrie Norman, Rosetta S. Elkin, and Beate Hølmebakk. Per the school, the featured speakers represent a “broad cross-section of cultural practices—including architects, landscape architects, filmmakers, scholars, and designers—will present lectures that explore a range of contemporary topics across scales, modes of engagement, and geographies.” All lectures will be held in-person at Goldsmith Hall, with the exception of the lecture by Höweler + Yoon, which will take place in Jessen Auditorium. All UTSOA lectures are free and open to the public.

Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania

The Weitzman School of Design’s forthcoming slate of programming is particularly action-packed, with the Fall 2022 Public Lecture Series including talks from Steven Holl, Tara Dudley, Sara Bronin, Anna Dyson, Bryan C. Lee, Jr., Rossana Hu, Abel Perles, and others. Participating in the Department of Landscape Architecture’s  Landscape Now lecture series are Kate Orff, Kofi Boone, Rania Ghosn, Mikyoung Kim, Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, Shannon Nichol, and Jane Wolff. Admission is free and open to the public for most events, with lectures being held at Meyerson Hall unless otherwise noted.

The Yale School of Architecture

Featured fall 2022 lecturers at Yale Architecture include Rachaporn Choochuey, Brigitte Shim, Daniel Libeskind, Xu Tiantian, Oliver Esler, Noemie Lafaurie-Debany and Javier Gonzalez-Campana, Anthony Vidler, and Claire Weisz, All lectures will be held at Hastings Hall.