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Lecture: Brett Steele (AA)

Re-Making Architecture – Brett Steele, Director of the Architectural Association, School of Architecture
Monday, Nov. 19, 6pm – Gould Hall, Room 322

Brett Steele directs the Architectural Association School of Architecture, in London. The AA School has for decades been recognized as a world-wide leader in architectural education. It is the most international school in the world, with nearly 90% of its 700 students coming from 60 or more countries each year.

This talk will present the contemporary culture of making in architecture-critical contemporary works, as well as their (often concealed) modern genealogy of architectural invention that has been dependent – at times, even insistent – upon direct 1:1 experimentation with structure, materials, technologies and collaborative work experience. Examples will be drawn from a wide range of design units, programs, workshops and visiting courses led at the AA School in recent years and will show how today’s pronounced return to 1:1 design experimentation is only the latest iteration of experimental architectures that have long sought to invent new kinds of architectural practice and knowledge through experimentation.

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