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This semester's public programming at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture expands on the school's ongoing investigation of topics critical to the study and practice of architecture, design, and the built environment.
Beginning January 18 and continuing throughout the semester, speakers from a diverse range of cultural practices will deliver lectures on current issues such as housing, social fairness, and the impact of technology on our fields.
In addition to the lectures, the school will host several exhibitions and symposia: “Architecture After AI” (January 30–February 24), with a companion symposium February 3; the exhibition For Whites: Contextualizing Race and Architecture at The University of Texas at Austin (March 6–April 14) organized by Assistant Professor Tara A. Dudley, who will give a gallery talk April 5; and the Meadows Symposium “Transgressive Practices to Transformative Policies: Landscape Change, Fast & Slow” (February 24) organized by Assistant Professor Maggie Hansen.
Unless otherwise specified, all programs are free and open to the public and will take place in person in the Goldsmith Lecture Hall, with recordings available on the Texas Architecture YouTube channel following the live events.
January 18, 5pm. Oyler Wu Collaborative addresses design with a critical and rigorous intent that questions the conventional view of the built environment. This semester, both principals are visiting faculty at the school.
Tod Williams, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, “The Long Arc”
January 23, 5pm, Jessen Auditorium (live event only).
Tod Williams founded Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners. Williams will discuss how his early experiences, connections, and investigations continue to influence the work of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects today.
Michael Hsu, Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, “Generalities and Specificities”
February 8, 12:30pm.
Michael Hsu is the principal and founder of Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. His talk will go over the company’s approach and future ambitions, as well as its newly formed R&D team.
Alex Schweder, Performance Architecture
February 10, 12:30pm.
Alex Schweder creates “Performance Architecture” shows that investigate the links between subjectivity and space. This semester, Schweder is a visiting faculty member at the institution.
Alex Josephson, PARTISANS, “Post-Physical Architecture”
February 13, 12:30pm.
Alex Josephson is the co-founder of PARTISANS, a Toronto-based architecture firm specializing in the combination of design and technology, invention and programming, culture, and creative services.
Ross Altheimer and Maura Rockcastle, TEN x TEN, “Flows, Rushes, Slows”
March 27, 12:30pm.
TEN x TEN is a transdisciplinary landscape architecture and urban design firm founded on a shared interest and love of experimentation, narrative, and agency.
March 29, 5pm, Jessen Auditorium (live event only).
Jorge Pardo’s work examines the relationship between modern painting, design, sculpture, and architecture. Murals, furniture, and larger-than-life fabrications are among his works.
Karel Klein, “Sing, Goddess”
April 3, 12:30pm.
Karel Klein is an architect and educator who has worked with various AI technologies since 2016. Her lecture will draw on older models of creativity to position AI as an external agent of creativity.
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