Peripheral Visions

Through this lecture series titled Peripheral Visions we would like to provoke and promote the investigation of architecture through a wider lens. The lectures were held in the Reid Auditorium of the Glasgow School of Art and were open to students and general public. Recordings of most of the lectures will be available in due course, as well as podcast conversations with a selection of the speakers.

The themes that will frame the series are:

Gender/Orientation, Disability/ Inclusive design, Environment, Politics, Education, Transformation and Conservation, Future for Practice

The lecture series has been supported by GSA Sustainability

THE MAC THROUGH THE AGES: 50 YEARS –5 DECADES DISCUSSED
The first lecture aims to recognize 50 years of the Mackintosh School of architecture with presentations from alumni from each of the 5 decades and allow for a discussion across the decades around the differing learning experiences and perhaps what was missing and what is missing in the architectural education. What does the next decade hold?!
DOING DIS/ABILITY DIFFERENTLY IN ARCHITECTURAL EDUCATION AND PRACTICE
JOS BOYS
Trained in architecture, Jos Boys’ interests include learning spaces and the social aspects of architecture and design, explored through research, journalism, teaching, photography, community-based practice and consultancy. She was co-founder of Matrix feminist architects and has written extensively on relationships between gender and architecture.
More recent projects have been concerned with exploring how to open up ‘discursive spaces’ that enable different articulations of material landscapes to intersect critically and creatively. This is about making a difference; both by informing wider debates around the design of the built environment, and by improving the quality of experiences of architecture and space for disadvantaged and marginalised groups in society. Jos is now involved in a series of educational and community-based collaborations exploring how to re-think relationships between architecture and disability, in particular with the group Architecture-InsideOut http://www.architecture-insideout.co.uk http://www.josboys.co.uk.
FOUNDING ALIVE ARCHITECTURE
DR PETRA PFERDMENGES
From ephemeral to durational Lived Space
Petra Pferdmenges is the founder of the social agency Alive Architecture based in Brussels and a design studio mentor and practice-based researcher at the KU Leuven. Through projects, design research, participation in conferences, publications and teaching she explores the role of the architect in the production of Lived Space in the public realm. The projects she develops are based on active citizen engagement.
petra@alivearchitecture.eu
OBJECTS AND SPACES
RAYDALE DOWER
Dower’s practice is wide-ranging and diverse with a sculptural approach to installation, sound, object, events and situations, informed by personal experience coupled with a long-term research in anarchic philosophy and its relationship to avant-garde movements.
A key element, maintained across Dower’s projects, is an interest in the treatment of space, both architectural and conceptual, through the lens of cultural, social and sonic signifiers. Combined with a DIY ethos Dower often initiates projects and activates the potential within spaces or found objects provoking a shift in perspective and a demonstration of a new use.
Dower has presented his work nationally and internationally including New York, Montreal, Miami, and Berlin.
INSTRUMENTS OF PERPETUAL REVOLUTION
DAN DUBOWITZ
A practising architect and artist he has pioneered over the last 20 years a new approach to embedding cultural transformation into city-scale developments which has become known as cultural masterplanning. His work challenges the way things are normally done by devising cultural interventions from the bottom up whilst the bigger picture emerges. This is all part of a choreography of civic projects that engage neighbourhoods in the transformation of their city. Dan’s practice-research has ranged from collaborating with the World Monument Fund and UNESCO on international cultural sites at risk, to fine art photography projects. His long-term photographic works Wastelands, Fascism in Ruins, and Megalomania have been published and exhibited across Europe and the US.
HOLISM – A PERSONAL APPRAOCH TO SUSTAINABILITY
CHRIS MORGAN
Chris is a director at John Gilbert Architects Ltd, a Scottish design studio, passionate about designing places for people and the planet. Chris has more than 25 years’ experience and is certified in Passivhaus design and Building Biology (buildings and human health). Chris holds an advanced sustainability accreditation with the RIAS, is a former chair of the Scottish Ecological Design Association and a current forum member for Architecture & Design Scotland.
THE POSSIBILITY OF A DIVERSE ARCHITECTURAL PROFESSION
HARRIET HARRISS
Dr. Harriet Harriss (RIBA, PFHEA) is a qualified architect and coordinates the Post-Graduate Research programme. Her teaching, research and writing are largely focused upon pioneering new pedagogic models for design education as captured in Radical Pedagogies: Architectural Education & the British Tradition. Her 2016 publication, A Gendered Profession, asserts the need for widening participation as a means to ensure professions remains as diverse as the society it seeks to serve. Dr. Harriss has won various awards for teaching excellence including a Brookes Teaching Fellowship, a Higher Education Academy Internationalisation Award, a Churchill Fellowship and two Santander awards. Before joining the RCA, she led the MArchD in Architecture at Oxford Brookes as was appointed a Principal Lecturer of Student Experience. She was most awarded a Clore Fellowship (2016-17), elected to the European Association of Architectural Education (EAAE) Council in summer 2017, and in 2018, awarded a Principal Fellowship of the UK’s Higher Education Academy. Harriet’s consultancy roles include the UK Department for Education construction industry panel, international programme validations and pedagogy design and development. From 2018-2020, Harriet will chair the RIBA’s prestigious Dissertation Medal judging panel.
MATERIAL + INTENT
AL-JAWAD PIKE ARCHITECTS
Al-Jawad Pike is a design focused, critically engaged studio. Thinking of architecture as an everyday art that has the capability to elevate the experience of its occupants into something genuinely transformative. They believe in the concept of ‘total architecture’, where design rigour runs through the project, from the concept to the constructional detail and furniture. They aspire to produce architecture and spaces that are inspiring, precisely crafted and functional.
Al Jawad Pike is an award-winning London-based architectural studio founded in 2014 by Jessam Al-Jawad and Dean Pike, after each completing 10 years at David Chipperfield Architects. During this period, they gained extensive experience on a number of high profile projects including the Hepworth Gallery, the Café Royal hotel in London, and the restoration of two grade II listed houses in central London.
http://www.aljawadpike.com
FOLKLORE + RITUAL: THE PECULIARITY OF PLACE
STUDIO MUTT
The underlying mission of the studio is to create characterful projects which are unique, specific and joyful. We work at all scales, from a teacup to a tower, to make everyday life better. MUTT creates projects of character. Our projects develop a narrative to provide a bespoke and personal service and to produce responses which are specific to place, context and vernacular. MUTT believes in engaging with the world as it exists and rejecting the concept of radical newness, instead adopting referencing and sampling as a solution to contemporary issues. They draw inspiration and ideas from urban, historical and social analysis to create a backdrop, not a background, to everyday life. We develop our projects through a range of media, from drawings to films, models to prototypes, and this approach is translated in to built form through the use of unexpected and re-imagined materials. Our work seeks to use the extremely familiar to create the perfectly peculiar.
http://www.studiomutt.com
DESIGNING FOR THE ARTS
SU ROGERS
Su Rogers an architect and educator. She was a co-founder and partner during the 1960s and 1970s in two architectural practices Team 4 and Richard + Su Rogers. In the early 70’s Su and Richard joined forces with Renzo Piano to complete the Pompidou Centre, in Paris. From 1986 to 2011, she was a partner John Miller + Partners, which specialised in university buildings, art galleries, and affordable housing. Su has taught at the AA and RCA as well as being involved with many schools across the country as an external examiner.
Notable recent projects include the redevelopment of Tate Britain, refurbishment of the Royal Scottish Academy as well as the renovation of Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.