Renowned UK architect and professor Sarah Wigglesworth will deliver the fifth presentation in the inaugural lecture series, titled “Firsts,” given by the Department of Architecture, Portland State University. Sarah Wigglesworth will speak on Friday, April 20, 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.
Sarah Wigglesworth founded Sarah Wigglesworth Architects in London in 1994. As an architect, Wigglesworth strives to amplify the representation of women—as clients, users and architects—in the shaping of the built environment. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally, and she has lectured worldwide. Wigglesworth's work is acknowledged as a rising influence in British architecture: in 2004 she was awarded an MBE for services to architecture, the same year that the firm's "Straw House" at 9 Stock Orchard Street in London (Till and Wigglesworth’s home), won two RIBA awards for its innovative sustainability technologies—many of which were being used in an urban context for the first time. Her recent book Around and About Stock Orchard Street was released in 2011. She is Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield.
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 www.pdx.edu/architecture or by calling (503) 725-8405.