Unclad: PSU Architecture International Lecture Series Announced
Author: Karen O'Donnell Stein
Posted: October 17, 2013

"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. These speakers 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.

The series features visionaries from around the world, including 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.

Iñaki Alday, aldayjover, Barcelona, Spain

Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6pm

Iñaki Alday is Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Virginia and founding principal of aldayjover, a multidisciplinary practice based in Barcelona, dedicated to the creation of public spaces, landscapes and buildings that integrate scales, nontraditional programs, and social and environmental ethics.

Ellen Dunham-Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia

Thursday, November 7, 2013, 6pm

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.”

Marco Casagrande, Casagrande Laboratory, Karjaa, Finland

Thursday, February 7, 2014, 6pm

Principal of Casagrande Laboratory, a Finland-based studio, Marco Casagrande moves freely between architecture, urban and environmental design, science, art, and circus, while contributing to the cross-over architectural thinking of commedia dell’architettura. “Casagrande is a model for today’s young design professional of what an architect should be: visionary, aesthetic, intellectual, and socially responsible,” stated Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, the Finnish Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum (as quoted in ArchDaily). His work has been exhibited internationally at the Venice Biennale, the Havana Biennale and the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennial.

Sou Fujimoto, Sou Fujimoto Architects, Tokyo, Japan

Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6pm

Sou Fujimoto is a principal of Sou Fujimoto Architects, a Tokyo-based practice distinguished by its provocative buildings that combine material experimentation and structural subtlety with transparency and permeability. Known for his residential and cultural projects, in 2013 he became the youngest architect ever to be invited to design the Serpentine Gallery Summer Pavilion in London. The Serpentine Gallery’s website states, “Widely acknowledged as one of the most important architects coming to prominence worldwide, Sou Fujimoto is the leading light of an exciting generation of artists who are re-inventing our relationship with the built environment.”

David Heymann, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 6pm

David Heymann is the Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin. His design practice, writing and research address the complex relationship of buildings and natural landscapes. Most widely known for his environmentally conscious design of George W. and Laura Bush’s Crawford, Texas, home, he is the recipient of the Texas Society of Architects’ 2002 Award for Outstanding Educational Contributions and the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship. A widely published writer, he has been a contributor to the Emerging Voices series by the Architecture League of New York.

All lectures take place in the Shattuck Hall Annex on the Portland State University campus, at SW Broadway and Hall Street, and are free and open to the public.

AIA continuing education credits will be available for most lectures; check with the School of Architecture office at (503) 725-8405 or for more information.