Lecture: Research or Architecture

Speaker: Thomas Weaver, Editor, AA School of Architecture March 2, 2017 (Thursday) 17:00-19:00

This lecture offers a survey of architectural education through an examination of the momentous events of 1968. Its particular focus is the recent emergence of the concept of research, which in many ways defines the modern university over and above a dedication to any specific subject. The lecture will unpick the idea of research and in the process offer a polemic that counters its ubiquity against the more obvious attractions of architecture itself.

thomas weaver alphabet lecture advanced design studies the university of tokyo

Lecture: Alphabet Speaker: Thomas Weaver Architectural Association, School of Architecture March 9, 2015 (Monday) 14:00-15:30

This talk will be structured around an alphabet of 26 key images, from A through to Z, Albers through to to Zebra, that have appeared over the last eight years through the pages of the architectural journal AA Files. Each image will be presented not only through its immediate place within the journal, but through its pictorial, anecdotal, historiographic and iconographic architectural associations. The effect, hopefully, will be of a varied and eclectic architecture in 26 parts, yet one that still somehow suggests the singularity of a unified, whole project.

Thomas Weaver teaches at the AA School of Architecture in London, where he also edits all of the AA’s books and journals, including the award-winning title, AA Files