Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture Series
The Kenneth Frampton Endowed lecture series is an annual lecture given at Columbia GSAPP by a distinguished architect scholar honoring Ware Professor Emeritus Kenneth Frampton for his lifetime of teaching and research. Speakers deliver public lectures addressing some of the key issues central to Professor Frampton’s thinking about the field of architecture. The Kenneth Frampton Lecture was established in 2010 by a generous group of Columbia GSAPP alumni and friends.
In 2006, Wonne Ickx founded PRODUCTORA in Mexico City, together with Abel Perles, Carlos Bedoya, and Victor Jaime. PRODUCTORA has received many awards for their work, including the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architects and the Oscar Niemeyer Prize for Latin American Architecture. Amongst the many publications of the office, their first monograph by Arquine (2010) and the 2G monograph (2014) stand out. They also published Being The Mountain, a book on the relation between modern architecture and topography with ACTAR and IIT.
Tatiana Bilbao, Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO: 2020 The Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture
Monday, November 16, 2020
Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO is a Mexico City-based architecture studio, founded in 2004. At the core of the studio’s practice is an analysis of the context surrounding projects, which scale from masterplans to affordable housing typologies. A goal of the work is to both contribute to its surroundings while remaining flexible to absorb shifting needs.
The architect and educator Marina Tabassum speaks about her Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, an Aga Khan Architecture Award (2016) winning project. Tabassum also addresses the importance of local materials, climate, culture, and history in her work. She explains her aspirations in a wide range of projects, from cultural, leisure to several housing projects in the region of Dhaka.
The architect and educator Kongjian Yu speaks in detail about rural agricultural landscapes, and a deep embrace of nature. He explains more about his ecologically and culturally sensitive projects. Yu explains the role of design and engineering in creating transformative forms. His research has been adopted by the Chinese government as the guiding theory for national land use planning, eco-city campaigns, and urban ecological restoration.
The architect, urban designer, and educator Rahul Mehrotra speaks about his work for clients that include government and non-governmental agencies, corporate, as well as private individuals and institutions. His firm RMA Architects has also initiated several unsolicited projects driven by the firm’s commitment to advocacy in the city of Mumbai. Mehrotra is a professor of urban design and planning at the Harvard GSD and has written and lectured extensively on architecture, conservation, and urban planning in Mumbai and India.
November 9, 2015
Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai: 2015 Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture
Monday, November 9, 2015
On the occasion of the fifth annual Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture, Mumbai-based architect and Principal of Studio Mumbai, which employed traditional materials, building techniques, and collaborations with local carpenters, stone masons, and craftspeople to realize the acclaimed Palmyra House and Tara House. Response by Ware Professor of Architecture Kenneth Frampton.
Brazilian architect Angelo Bucci presents the work of SPBR, the firm he founded in 2003, including House in Ubatuba: a remarkable reinforced concrete house suspended on three columns that overlooks the bay of Ubatuba. For the fourth annual Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture, this and other projects are considered within the legacy of Paulo Mendes da Rocha and João Batista Vilanova Artigas in Bucci’s home city of São Paulo.
Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Grafton Architects
In the third annual Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture, Grafton Architects Principals Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara explore the architect’s role as interpreter of various needs—from from site and space to language and culture—into built form. Drawing on their Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy, and a “new cliff” for the Universidad de Ingeniería & Tecnología (UTEC) that overlooks the Pacific Ocean in Lima, Peru, the architects grapple with highlighting difference, nuance, and social and cultural specificity over an “Esperanto” of architecture, and, recalling the language, literature, and visual metaphors of their native Ireland, question what is lost in translation.
Response by Kenneth Frampton
Eduardo Souto de Moura
November 26, 2012
Eduardo Souto de Moura: 2012 Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture
On the occasion of the second annual Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture, Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Eduardo Souto de Moura discusses his architecture and design practice.
October 11, 2019
Juhani Pallasmaa: 2011 Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture