On Friday, April 17, the Center for American Architecture and Design hosted Sam McElhinney as part of the Friday Lunch Forum Series. He presented "Space: A Theory, A Method, A Case History."
FRIDAY LUNCH FORUM
Roughly every other Friday during the fall and spring semesters, the Center hosts the Friday Lunch Forum Series. The aim of the series is for faculty, staff, and students to meet in an informal atmosphere to debate topics and to share ideas about history, practice, theory, and new directions for architecture. Recordings of each forum will be posted as they become available.
Sam McElhinney founded MUD Architecture as a vehicle to bring together strands of research, teaching and practice. MUD has ongoing private housing projects including a self-build refurbishment of a historic building in Canterbury. Sam currently runs the MA Architecture and BA Interior Architecture & Design courses at the Canterbury School of Architecture. He is a former member of the “Space Group” at UCL and his ongoing research is focused on developing real-time and motive spatial analytic models. From Sam was previously Project Architect and Design Lead for Surface Architects’ highest profile built project, a series of wayfinding structures in the 2012 Olympic Park in Stratford, East London. After leaving Surface he acted as a Design Manager at Jason Bruges Studio, running the design, construction and commissioning of the prestigious WWF Experience Installation.
Sam received his March from Cambridge University’s Bartlett School and an MA from University College in London. Upon graduation from UCL he won the Ambrose Poynter Prize for his thesis “Labyrinths, Mazes, and the Spaces In Between.” He has expansive theoretical and exhibit-based research into adaptive maze and labyrinth spaces. In 2010 he won the prestigious “Best Paper” award at the European Meeting of Cybernetics and Systems Research in Vienna. In the past he has lectured at numerous institutions including Porto Architecture Faculty, Cambridge University, and the MAXXI in Rome.