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Olin Library: Architecture : HSA Lecture Series


Hammons School of Architecture
2017-2018 Lecture Series 


Yanel de Angel

Associate Principal
Perkins + Will (Boston)



Eric Hoffman

Founding Partner
Patterhn Ives (St. Louis)



Philip Beesley



Dr. David Leatherbarrow

University of Pennsylvania



Lisa Iwamoto

Doris and Clarence Collegium Teaching Chair

University of California - Berkeley



Lorcan O'Herlihy, FAIA


All lectures are at 3:00 pm in the HSA Multi-purpose Room unless otherwise stated.


Lecture Series Theme

Hammons School of Architecture Lecture Series 2017-2018:


Recently, theorists and practitioners considering technical aspects of building have been drawn to the term ‘performance’ to refer to measurable qualities of functionality and efficiency while also suggesting a more dynamic role for building technique. Advanced materials and systems can now dramatically increase measurable performance, but they can also bring a ‘performative’ aspect to design, with buildings and sites optimizing function, use, and experience in ways that depend on and respond to context.  These developments invite a reinvestigation—perhaps even a rejection—of reductive oppositions within architecture between art and science, the objective and the subjective, creative design thinking and technical problem solving. Instead, designing and producing architecture increasingly involves an opportunistic and integrative search for potential—rather than a singular solution—by acknowledging and questioning rules, limits, and relational design parameters.

PERFORMANCE - ART features speakers who, as individuals or members of collaboratives, investigate the interconnectedness and co-dependence of art and science, form and function, buildings and their environments, extending the discipline and profession to include a variety of creative practices, including those of fabricators, engineers, artists, writers, and others, while still engaging issues that are fundamental to architectural work.