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Architect Jeremy Till Lecture: "Firsts" Lecture Series, PSU Department of Architecture
Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 7:00pm to Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 9:00pm
Architect Jeremy Till Lecture: "Firsts" Lecture Series, PSU Department of Architecture

Renowned UK architect and professor Jeremy Till will deliver the fourth presentation in the inaugural lecture series, titled “Firsts,” given by the Department of Architecture, Portland State University. Jeremy Till will speak on Thursday, April 19, at 7pm, at Shattuck Hall Annex (at SW Broadway and Hall Streets) on the Portland State University campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Jeremy Till is currently the Dean of the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Westminster, London, and has recently been appointed the head of the London art and design school Central St. Martins. An architect and educator, Till curated the British Pavilion at the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale and is the only person to be twice awarded the RIBA President's Award for Research. He is the author of Architecture Depends (2009), a series of polemics and reflections that call attention to the gap between what architecture actually is—contingent on many outside forces—and what architects seem to want it to be—autonomous and pure. As Till succinctly puts it, "Architecture, in all its dependency, has to remain open."

The “Firsts” series spans the 2011-2012 academic year, with presentations by six notable academics, artists and professionals in architectural practice worldwide: Petra Kempf, John Ochsendorf, Gilles Saucier, Jeremy Till, Sarah Wigglesworth and Paul Pfeiffer. The concepts of origins and beginnings, long a subject of interest among architects, will be explored throughout the series of lectures. As the Greek word Arche (meaning “first cause”) is at the root of the word architecture, the guest lecturers will discuss their own “first causes”—the spark that led them to follow their career path—as part of their presentations.  

Information is available at or by calling (503) 725-8405.

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