Architecture lectures to include Maki, Wodiczko and Whiteread

Fumihiko Maki, Krzysztof Wodiczko and Rachel Whiteread are among the speakers scheduled for this spring’s School of Architecture’s Monday Night Lecture Series.

The series will feature more than a dozen presentations by established masters and emerging talents from England, Greece, Japan, Norway, Poland, Spain and across the United States.

Lecture series schedule

All lectures are free and open to the public and begin at 6 p.m. Mondays in Steinberg Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Each event will include a reception at 5:30 p.m. in Givens Hall.

Feb. 9: Bruce Lindsey

Feb. 16, 3 p.m.: Charles Falco; presented by the Assembly Series in collaboration with the School of Engineering & Applied Science

Feb. 23: Fumihiko Maki

Feb. 25 (Wednesday): Taka and Yui Tezuka

March 1: Constantine Michaelides

March 15, 7 p.m.: David Rockwell

March 17 (Wednesday): Jane Wolff

March 19 (Friday): Schaeffer Somers; Kemp Auditorium, Givens Hall

March 22: TBA

March 30 (Tuesday), 4 p.m.: William McDonough

April 6 (Tuesday), 5 p.m.: Eric Owen Moss

April 14 (Wednesday), 4 p.m.: Frank Stella; Sam Fox Arts Center Groundbreaking Address

April 19: Krzysztof Wodiczko

April 27 (Tuesday): Rachel Whiteread

Maki, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect of Washington University’s planned Sam Fox Arts Center, will speak on “Image, Space and Materiality” at 6 p.m. Feb. 23 in Steinberg Auditorium. Maki, principal of Maki & Associates in Tokyo, is renowned for fusing elements of Eastern and Western culture in monumental buildings that harmonize with their natural and urban environments.

From 1956-1963, he taught in the School of Architecture and was instrumental in founding the master of urban design program. During that time, Maki received his first commission, completing early-stage designs for Steinberg Hall.

Wodiczko, professor of visual arts and director of the Interrogative Design Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present a Sam Fox Arts Center lecture at 6 p.m. April 19 in Steinberg Auditorium. Wodiczko is internationally renowned for creating large-scale, community-oriented slide and video projections on historic monuments and architectural facades.

Since the early 1980s, he has realized more than 70 projects at sites including the Martin Luther Church in Kassel, Germany; the Campanile in St. Mark’s Square, Venice, Italy; and Nelson’s Column in Trafalger Square, London.

Whiteread, a renowned British sculptor and public artist, will conclude the season with a talk on “Sculptures and Related Images” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, in Steinberg Auditorium. Whiteread’s work is based on casts made from the empty spaces above, below or inside commonplace objects.

Her 1993 House, for example, was a full-scale concrete cast of the interior of a working-class Victorian home in London’s East End. In 2000, she unveiled her Holocaust Memorial in Vienna, Austria, a monolithic, inside-out library that alludes to Nazi book-burnings yet also makes symbolic reference to the larger history of the Jewish people.

Whiteread’s numerous awards include Britain’s prestigious Turner Prize in 1993.

Whiteread is collaborating with Juhani Pallasmaa, the Raymond E. Maritz Visiting Professor of Architecture at Washington University, on a freestanding staircase constructed of snow and ice. It will be installed as part of the exhibition Snow Show, staged jointly in the Finnish towns of Kemi and Rovaniemi Feb. 12-March 31.

For more information, call 935-6200.

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