GSAPP Conversations

GSAPP Conversations offer a window onto the expanding field of contemporary architectural practice through discussions on the current projects, research, and obsessions of a diverse group of invited guests from emerging and well-established practices. Hosted by Columbia GSAPP’s Dean Amale Andraos, the conversations also feature the School’s influential faculty and alumni, and give students the opportunity to engage architects on issues of concern to the next generation.

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16 February 2018
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Episode #42
Rozana Montiel in Conversation with Luiza Furia

Luiza Furia, a first year M.Arch student at Columbia GSAPP, speaks with Mexican architect Rozana Montiel, founder of Rozana Montiel - Estudio de Arquitectura, on the occasion of her lecture on January 22, 2018.

They discuss how to engage local communities, the politics of architecture, and the questions young architects should ask when taking on a project. Montiel also touches on the Albino Ortega house, and creating a space designed for reflection.

“Architecture is not only the brick construction but it’s a social construction. If you don’t pay attention to people’s needs, then you’re not engaging any type of architecture…. If people engage, they feel ownership”
—Rozana Montiel

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9 February 2018
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Episode #41
Rahul Mehrotra in Conversation with Jarrett Ley

Jarrett Ley, a current student in the Critical, Curatorial and Conceptual Practices Program at Columbia GSAPP, speaks with Indian architect Rahul Mehrotra, founder of RMA Architects, on the occasion of the Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture he presented on November 8, 2017.

They discuss Mehrotra’s Magic Bus project, an educational campus which uses ordinary materials found in informal settlements in order to help young students feel more at ease while training away from home. Mehrotra also touches on permanence in architecture and the architect’s role as negotiator and advocate between a project’s different clients.

“How do you design a house for ten years? How do you recycle everything? What’s the material geography? How does the material come in? Where does it go out? I think we talk about sustainability, but in our pedagogy it doesn’t find its way.”
—Rahul Mehrotra

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2 February 2018
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Episode #40, Part II
Ai Weiwei in Conversation with Amale Andraos and Carol Becker

Amale Andraos, Dean of Columbia GSAPP, and Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia School of the Arts, speak with the renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei. This is the first part of a conversation recorded at a public event co-hosted by the two schools at Columbia University on October 5, 2017.

“How can you be creative if you don’t have enough patience or understanding to give enough attention to what is happening? If you don’t know the meaning, it is very hard to encourage someone to be creative.”
—Ai Weiwei

The event took place on the occasion of the opening of Ai Weiwei's large-scale installation throughout New York City, Good Fences Make Good Neighbours, organized by the Public Art Fund.

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26 January 2018
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Episode #40, Part I
Ai Weiwei in Conversation with Amale Andraos and Carol Becker

Amale Andraos, Dean of Columbia GSAPP, and Carol Becker, Dean of Columbia School of the Arts, speak with the renowned artist and activist Ai Weiwei. This is the first part of a conversation recorded at a public event co-hosted by the two schools at Columbia University on October 5, 2017.

"I’m kind of in love with both practices, art and architecture. It’s about a fantasy and also about a skill – to have rational, practical thinking, but also, to make it happen. It’s very important to make something happen, to add something to our lives."
—Ai Weiwei

The event took place on the occasion of the opening of Ai Weiwei's large-scale installation throughout New York City, Good Fences Make Good Neighbours, organized by the Public Art Fund.

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29 December 2017
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Episode #39
Making Books Now: Go Hasegawa in Conversation with Kersten Geers

Go Hasegawa speaks with Kersten Geers in this final of six conversations recorded live at the conference Making Books Now on September 15, 2017. The conference was co-organized by Columbia GSAPP and the Chicago Architecture Biennial on the occasion of the Biennial’s opening at the Chicago Cultural Center, and was hosted by GSAPP’s Director of Publications, James Graham.

Kersten Geers, of OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, and Go Hasegawa, of Go Hasegawa and Associates, speak with one another about their respective books, The Difficult Whole (Park Books, 2016) and Conversations with European Architects.

“If we only do the practice, of course we can be a good architect, we can make more beautiful buildings through the experience… but at the same time, we need to be kids, we need to be [dreamers]. So for that purpose the book is really important – to make a dream.”
—Go Hasegawa

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GSAPP Conversations are produced by Columbia GSAPP’s Office of Communications and Events, in collaboration with ArchDaily.