Composition and Character in Architecture
My lecture is entitled ‘Composition and Character in Architecture’ because I believe these are primary aspects of the art of architecture and determinants of the organisation, form and tectonics of buildings. Their consideration is fundamental to our practice of architecture. To demonstrate how these aspects have influenced and supported both finished buildings and competition designs, I will describe our architectural objectives and the strategies we use to achieve them, using drawings and photographs of a variety of projects developed over the last two decades.
Michael Wilford is an architect of International renown, having designed prizewinning public and corporate buildings for governments, museums, universities, corporations and private patrons in Europe, USA, Middle East, South East Asia and Australia. For 35 years he was principal in an architectural practice based in London with satellite offices in Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany. He was in partnership with James Stirling for 21 years.
Michael lectures throughout the world and has held Visiting Professorships at universities in the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. He is currently Visiting Professor at Liverpool University School of Architecture. His work is published internationally and the subject of numerous exhibitions, films, TV and radio programmes. In 2001 he was awarded a CBE for services to architecture.
In our culture, daylight and sunlight are intrinsically linked to our happiness and comfort. Gianni will present projects that explore daylight and sunlight as a starting point of a project not only for the form, but also organisation of a number of private houses.
Gianni Botsford, Director & Head of Design, was born in Venice, Italy in 1960. He originally studied Interior Design at Kingston University (84-86) and worked for a number of practices in London from 86-94. He completed his education at the Architectural Association, London (94-96), with Professor John Frazer, before setting up Gianni Botsford Architects in 1996 which he continues to direct. He was appointed AA Research Fellow in 1997 and has taught at the AA, London Metropolitan University, and Cardiff University as well as being a visiting critic at the AA, Bartlett, Cambridge and Bath Universities. He is a recent member of the RIBA Awards Group and sits on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Architecture Appraisal Panel. The recipient of numerous awards, including the Lubetkin Prize for Casa Ki-Ké in Costa Rica, he has also lectured in the UK, India, the USA, and Mexico on the work of the practice. His research work at the AA and subsequently with Arup into the optimisation and the control of natural light has been used throughout the projects the studio has built and developed. Built projects include Light House, House in a Garden, and The Layered Gallery in London, Casa Ki-Ké, Costa Rica, Palazzo di Riflessione, Venice and Pink Sand Pavilion and Tower in the Bahamas.
Images: Copyright Edmund Sumner.
You, Me and the Comachines
Member of design collective ON/OFF, Nick Green will present recent projects from the group and introduce their latest explorations with ‘Comachines’. These range from DIY devices to larger scale mobile installations and work as collaborative tools to engender new, temporary relationships with the cities we live in. The talk will explore authorship and use and will consider the potential for an architecture of immediacy.
Nick Green is an educator and spatial designer based in London, UK. He is a founding member of design collective ON/OFF and has been contributing to projects internationally since 2012. The collective’s book, Comachines, The Mobile Disruptive Architecture Handbook, was published in 2018. Nick currently teaches at Oxford Brookes University and Chelsea College of Arts and is a visiting tutor at the Architectural Associaition. He was a 2018 Arts & Culture Fellow at the University of Exeter undertaking research on spaces of learning. Prior to teaching Nick worked with collectives Raumlabor Berlin (Berlin) and Atelier Van Lieshout (Rotterdam).
From academia to practice, this talk will explore the theme of form making and form meaning in the design process. The architectural project can operate as an authorial act to reappraise the familiar form. Process will be examined as a design tool to defamiliarize from the common form, to re-write its meaning and to design relationships within dense contexts.
Following her studies at the Architectural Association, Harikleia Karamali has worked for John Pawson, RARE Architecture, and is currently an architectural designer at DROO in London, where she manages a range of international projects. Harikleia maintains a close relationship to academia, particularly at the AA where she has been a unit tutor since 2015. Unit agendas focus on urban and cultural projects, including participations at the Salone del Mobile (Milan 2017), Manifesta12 (Palermo 2018) and Budapest Design Week (2018). In addition, Harikleia has participated in several international visiting schools and workshops as a tutor and an invited critic. Her academic work, design and theory, has been published in Rituals and Walls (AA Press: 2016) and in Scavengers and Other Creatures in Promised Lands (AA Press: 2017), while her design and photographic work has been exhibited in EMST (National Museum of Contemporary Art), the New Benaki Museum and the Image Gallery, in Athens.