Fumihiko Maki, Krzysztof Wodiczko and Rachel Whiteread headline School of Architecture’s Monday Night Lecture Series

Fumihiko Maki, Krzysztof Wodiczko and Rachel Whiteread will headline the Washington University School of Architecture’s Monday Night Lecture Series this spring.

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

All lectures are free and open to the public and begin at 6 p.m. Mondays in Steinberg Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Steinberg Auditorium is located in the Gallery of Art, Steinberg Hall, near the intersection of Forsyth and Skinker boulevards. A reception will be held prior to each talk at 5:30 p.m. in Givens Hall, just west of Steinberg. For more information, call (314) 935-6200.

Fumihiko Maki

Fumihiko Maki

Maki, the Pritzker Prize-winning architect of Washington University’s planned Sam Fox Arts Center, will speak on Image, Space and Materiality Feb. 23. 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 to 1963, he taught at the School of Architecture, and was instrumental in founding the Master’s 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 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present a Sam Fox Arts Center lecture April 19. 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; and Nelson’s Column in Trafalger Square, London. Critical Vehicles, his first book in English, was published by MIT Press in 1999.


WHO: Washington University School of Architecture

WHAT: Monday Night Lecture Series

WHEN: 6 p.m. Mondays throughout the spring; receptions 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Steinberg Auditorium, Gallery of Art, Steinberg Hall, intersection Skinker and Forsyth boulevards. Receptions in Givens Hall, just west of Steinberg

COST: free and open to the public

INFORMATION: (314) 935-6200

Whiteread, a renowned British sculptor and public artist, concludes the season with a talk on Sculptures and Related Images Tuesday, April 27. 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, 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 and the Venice Biennale Award for Best Young Artist in 1997.

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

The complete schedule of upcoming architectural speakers runs as follows:

Feb. 2
Håkon Vigsnaes
Jarmund/Vigsnaes Architects MNAL, Oslo, Norway
Natural Strategies

Feb. 9
Bruce Lindsey
Director of Architecture & Co-Director of The Rural Studio
Auburn University, Auburn, AL
The Rural Studio Now

3 p.m. Feb. 16
Charles Falco
Professor of Optical Sciences, Chair of Condensed Matter Physics
University of Arizona, Tuscon, Arizona
The Science of Optics; The History of Art
* Presented by Washington University Assembly Series Lecture in
collaboration with The School of Engineering and Applied Science

Feb. 23
Fumihiko Maki
Maki & Associates, Tokyo, Japan
Sam Fox Arts Center Lecture
Image, Space and Materiality

Wednesday, Feb. 25
Taka and Yui Tezuka
Tezuka Architects, Tokyo, Japan
The 2004 Fumihiko Maki Lecture
Roof House to Steel Snake

March 1
Constantine Michaelides
Dean Emeritus
School of Architecture
Washington University in St. Louis
The Aegean Crucible

7 p.m. March 15
David Rockwell
Rockwell Group, New York, New York
Pleasure and Hairspray

Wednesday, March 17
Jane Wolff
Assistant Professor
School of Architecture
Washington University in St. Louis
Delta Primer

Friday, March 19
Schaeffer Somers
Winner, The 2002 Steedman Fellowship
Essential Site Seeing
* Kemp Auditorium, Givens Hall

March 22
The 2004 Steedman Fellowship Lecture

4 p.m. Tuesday, March 30
William McDonough
William McDonough Partners, Charlottesville, VA
Economy, Equity, Ecology & Education

5 p.m. Tuesday, April 6
Eric Owen Moss
Eric Owen Moss Architects, Culver City, CA
Director, Institute of Architecture
SCIArc, Los Angeles, CA
Too Much is Not Enough

4 p.m. Wednesday, April 14
Frank Stella
Artist, New York
Sam Fox Arts Center Groundbreaking Address

April 19
Krzysztof Wodiczko
Professor of visual arts
Director, Interrogative Design Group
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sam Fox Arts Center Lecture

Tuesday, April 27
Rachel Whiteread
Artist, London, England
Sam Fox Arts Center Lecture
Sculptures and Related Images