Fall 2018 Lectures + Exhibitions

September 7, 2018
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Fall 2018 Lectures and Exhibitions Series Highlights Established and Emerging Voices Shaping the Future of Design

The Fall 2018 Lectures and Exhibitions Series at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture will propel discussion of boundary-breaking work in the design disciplines, featuring established influencers, innovative thinkers, and emerging firms. With a vibrant lineup of renowned speakers each semester, the Lectures and Exhibitions series is considered the signature public event series of the School of Architecture.

Experts in architecture, landscape architecture, interior design, sustainable design, design theory, and related fields will present lectures that span career trajectories and pivotal projects, share perspectives that reimagine what design can be, and offer a range of models for equitable practice.

There are two types of lectures in the series: Jessen Lectures, which take advantage of Jessen Hall’s large lecture room to host overflow audiences, and Goldsmith Lectures, which take place in Goldsmith Hall’s more intimate lecture hall. All lectures and exhibitions are free and open to the public.

The Jessen lecturers for the fall semester are Sharon Johnston, FAIA, founder and partner of the internationally renowned firm Johnston Marklee, and Greg Lynn of Greg Lynn FORM, widely recognized as a seminal pioneer in computational theory, digital design, and advanced fabrication.

Johnston is known for implementing diverse architectural practices, building and directing collaborative teams that yield distinctive solutions tailored to projects ranging from the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston to UCLA’s Graduate Art Studios in Culver City and a series of private residences in which the interaction of geometry and language poses startling new possibilities.

Lynn’s design work extends across multiple scales and media, from consumer products for clients such as Alessi, Nike, and Swarovski, to retail spaces, private residences, robotics, exhibitions, and experimental prototypes. Lynn authored Folding in Architecture, Animate Form, and Archeology of the Digital, which critically frame computation and digital design. He works to redefine design theory and the potential of design technologies, and currently leads a robotics lab at UCLA’s School of Architecture and Urban Design.

Goldsmith Lectures series kick off with a young alumni forum that will provide an inside look at practices founded by recent graduates. Bang Dang of Far + Dang, Signe Dignsdale Smith of SmithArc, and Jesse Hager of Content, will discuss this particular career trajectory. Future forums will explore the dynamic interdisciplinary career paths that stem from the allied disciplines within the School of Architecture.

Lectures from Austin-based architects Lucy Begg and Robert Gay of THOUGHTBARN, visiting studio professors Mónica Juvera and Boris Bezan of BAX Studio, Barcelona, and landscape architect Jungyoon Kim of PARKKIM, Seoul, present local and international counterpoints. Jennifer Bonner of Boston-based MALL will deliver a mid-season presentation exploring the relationship between contemporary theory, architecture, and art at the center of her practice, and New York-based architect John Szot finishes the fall semester series with a talk focusing on his ongoing project, Mass Market Alternatives.

In addition to the eight lectures, the School of Architecture will host three exhibitions this fall. The first, curated by Mónica del Arenal, invites visitors to explore the Midcentury Modern movement in Guadalajara, Mexico. AIR, organized by the school’s Center for American Architecture and Design, investigates the science of air—its quality, pressure, poetics, treatment—as both atmosphere and crucial component of well-being. Mass Market Alternatives, created by the office of alumnus John Szot, challenges the reputation of mass-market suburban housing and the enclaves they create. Each exhibition opens with a gallery talk, or, in the case of Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Guadalajara, Mexico, 1930-1970, a round table discussion by invited speakers.

The School of Architecture’s Lectures and Exhibitions series provides unique opportunities for university students and the general public to hear from some of the world’s most influential leaders in the design disciplines and to see emerging, forward-looking work first-hand. By bringing in expert voices not typically represented on campus, the school expands its offerings and advances its commitment to public outreach and interdisciplinary collaboration.

Full Listing of Fall 2018 Lectures and Exhibitions at the UT Austin School of Architecture:

Lectures begin at 5:00 p.m. at the UT Austin locations listed.

Wednesday, September 12
Young Alumni Forum
Featuring Bang Dang, Jesse Hager, and Signe Dignsdale Smith
Goldsmith Hall 3.120

Monday, September 17
Lucy Begg and Robert Gay
Goldsmith Hall 3.120

Wednesday, September 26
Sharon Johnston
Johnston Marklee, Los Angeles
Jessen Auditorium

Monday, October 8
Jennifer Bonner
MALL, Boston and Harvard University
Goldsmith Hall 3.120

Monday, October 15
Jungyoon Kim
Goldsmith Hall 3.120

Monday, October 29
Mónica Juvera and Boris Bezan
BAX Studio, Barcelona
Goldsmith Hall 3.120

Monday, November 5
Greg Lynn
Greg Lynn FORM, Los Angeles
Jessen Auditorium

Wednesday, November 7
John Szot
John Szot Studio, New York City
Goldsmith Hall 3.120

Exhibitions are located in the Mebane Gallery in Goldsmith Hall, open Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

September 5-21
Mid-Century Modern Architecture in Guadalajara, Mexico, 1930-1970
Curated by Mónica del Arenal
Opening reception Wednesday, September 5, 5:00 p.m.

October 1-26
Curated by The Center for American Architecture and Design, UT Austin
Exhibition opening and gallery talk Monday, October 1, 5:00 p.m.

November 7-28
Mass Market Alternatives
Organized by John Szot
Opening reception following the lecture Wednesday, November 7, 5:00 p.m.

Goldsmith Hall is located at the intersection of 22nd Street and Guadalupe Street.
Jessen Auditorium is located in Homer Rainey Hall, Room 2.104, at 21st Street and University Avenue.  

Fall 2018 Lecture Poster