The International Lecture Series on Contemporary Architecture curated by Associate Professor Jenni Reuter and jointly organized by Aalto University’s Department of Architecture and the Museum of Finnish Architecture continues online. In 2022-2023, six architects from diverse backgrounds are invited to share their thoughts and ideas on current trends in architecture.

“For this season of guest lectures, I have chosen creators whose thought and works evoke feelings of fun, passion and hope for the future,” says Jenni Reutercurator of the conference cycle.

Program 2022-2023

Architecture Speaks: Andrew Waugh
Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (UTC+2)

Andrew Waugh is founding director of Waugh Thistleton Architects, a practice dedicated to achieving beautiful buildings and places that recognize their effect on the environment. He is a world-renowned spokesperson for low-impact architecture and innovative construction, and lobbies and lectures internationally, communicating the urgent need for change to alleviate the climate crisis. A central player in the global transition to renewable bio-based materials, Andrew’s innovative approach to design has been recognized with numerous awards, including the RIBA President’s Award for Research and a Stirling Prize nomination in 2018. Practice is currently engaged in both research and design projects across Europe and North America.

“Waugh Thistleton Architects have used mass timber on a massive scale. Their work is an example of how buildings can be taken apart, reassembled and recycled,” says Jenni Reuter.

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Architecture Speaks: Kerstin Thompson
Wednesday, November 9, 2022, 1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (UTC+2)

Kerstin Thompson is director of KTA and adjunct professor at RMIT and Monash universities. A committed design educator, she regularly lectures and runs studios at various schools in Australia and New Zealand. Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) is a multi-award winning architectural firm founded by Kerstin Thompson in 1994 in Melbourne, Australia. The practice is well established as an important and innovative point of reference in Australian architecture and urban design. Known for its astute design thinking, KTA conceives creative, meaningful and site-appropriate architecture that seamlessly combines form, interior and landscape to create cohesive and compelling places. Clarity of approach and sensitivity to place are the guiding principles of each project.

“Kerstin Thompson’s Bundanon Museum of Art Bridge is an inspiring example of how a simple starting point can create a building where art, landscape and structures support each other,” says Jenni Reuter.

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Architecture speaks: Sebastián Irarrázaval
Wednesday, December 7, 2022, 1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (UTC+2)

Sebastián Irarrázaval trained as an architect at the Universidad Católica de Chile and at the Architectural Association in London. He teaches at the School of Architecture of the Catholic University of Chile. He has been a visiting professor at various universities, including MIT and IUAV. His works have been exhibited in various exhibitions and biennials and have been widely published in specialized journals. He has received various distinctions, including the Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture of Shenzhen and Hong Kong (2012), the RIBA International Prize (2016) and the RIBA International Fellowship (2018).

“In the works of Chilean architect Sebastián Irarrázaval, rhythm, repetition and a sense of material create grounded and effortless architecture,” says Jenni Reuter.

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Architecture speaks: Quintus Miller / Miller & Maranta
Wednesday, January 18, 2023, 1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (UTC+2)

Quintus Miller was born in 1961 in Aarau, Switzerland. They studied architecture at ETH Zürich, from which they graduated in 1987. From 1990 to 1994, they worked as design assistants at EPF Lausanne and ETH Zürich. Since 1994 they have had their own Miller & Maranta office with Paola Maranta in Basel. They worked as visiting professor at EPF Lausanne from 2000 to 2001, as visiting professor at the Accademia di Architettura of the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio from 2007 to 2008, as visiting professor at ETH Zürich from 2008 to 2010 and as ordinary professor of architecture at the Accademia di Architettura of the Università della Svizzera Italiana in Mendrisio since 2009. Quintus Miller was a member of the town planning and architecture commission of the city of Luzern (2004 -2008) as well as the commission for visual fine arts in Riehen (2005-2010). They participated in the commission for the historic preservation of the city of Zürich from 2005 to 2017 and of the city of Basel since 2011. In 2013, they received the Meret Oppenheim Prize from the Federal Office of Culture.

“Miller & Maranta belong to the Swiss architectural tradition, where one starts with place and atmosphere. There was no need to compromise on the quality of workmanship or craftsmanship in the construction of the buildings. “, says Jenni Reuter.

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Architecture speaks: Carla Juaçaba
Wednesday, January 25, 2023, 1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (UTC+2)

Since 2000, Carla Juaçaba has developed her independent practice of architecture and research based in Rio de Janeiro. His office is currently engaged in cultural programs and private projects. After graduating, she worked on the Atelier House, Rio Bonito House, Varanda House, Santa Teresa House and some exhibition projects. She now lives in London, teaches at the Mendrisio Accademia in Switzerland and is currently a PhD student. student at ETSAM-UPM-Madrid.

“In her work, Carla Juaçaba oscillates effortlessly between the worlds of architecture, art and academia”, explains Jenni Reuter.

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Architecture speaks: Pascal Flammer
Wednesday, February 8, 2023, 1:15 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (UTC+2)

Pascal Flammer lives and works in Zurich. He opened his office in 2005 and received among others the Swiss Art Award, the Weissenhof Architecture Award or the Best Family House Award. He has taught at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio, the GSD at Harvard University, the Sandberg Instituut in Amsterdam, the ETH in Zurich, the Princeton University School of Architecture and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design.

“Pascal Flammer became known to me by his own house (Maison Flammer), a simple house, where the roof and the structures play the main role. The result is minimalist but effortless”, explains Jenni Reuter.

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Source: Museum of Finnish Architecture

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