Iñaki Alday: UNCLAD: PSU Architecture International Lecture Series
Thursday, October 24, 2013 - 6:00pm
Iñaki Alday: UNCLAD: PSU Architecture International Lecture Series

The Portland State University School of Architecture is pleased to welcome Iñaki Alday as our first speaker in the "Unclad" international lecture series for 2013-2014.

Iñaki Alday is the Chair of University of Virginia's Department of Architecture and founding principal, with Margarita Jover, of aldayjover arquitectura y paisaje, a Barcelona practice dedicated to the creation of public spaces, landscapes and buildings that integrate scales, non-traditional programs, and ethics.

"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.