The Portland State University School of Architecture is pleased to welcome Ellen Dunham-Jones as our second speaker in the "Unclad" international lecture series for 2013-2014.
Ellen Dunham-Jones is an award-winning licensed architect and professor teaching contemporary architectural and urban design studios and theory at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her book, which she co-authored with June Williamson of Retrofitting Suburbia; Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, received the 2009 PROSE award for architecture and urban planning from the American Association of Publishers and was featured in Time magazine’s March 23, 2009 cover story, “10 ideas changing the world right now.”
"Unclad," Portland State University School of Architecture's 2013-2014 lecture series, features five internationally renowned lecturers hailing from the fields of architecture, urban design, landscape architecture, architectural criticism, and commedia dell’architettura. Lecturers include Barcelona architect Iñaki Alday, Georgia Institute of Technology professor Ellen Dunham-Jones, Finland-based multidisciplinary architect Marco Casagrande, acclaimed Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto and UT Austin professor and environmental architect David Heymann. These visionaries will discuss their work and ideas as they address architecture’s seemingly opposing tasks: concealing and revealing, enclosing and disclosing.
The theme of the series springs from Adolf Loos’s two seminal essays, “The Principle of Cladding” (1898) and “Ornament and Crime” (1908), in which the author first discussed the origins of architecture as essential enclosure for human activities, and then went on to argue for the stripping away of inessentials from the surfaces of buildings. The trajectory of architecture’s development, from enclosure to, by Loos’s time, sets of walls layered with adornment, sparked fierce debate and led to new theories of architecture that called for a complete lack of ornament, or cladding. “Unclad” seeks to push these issues further and examine architecture as it is stripped of formulaic solutions and exposed in the nakedness of its possibilities.