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"Inscriptions: A Theory of Contemporary Architecture" by Andrew Holder.

Friday, February 24, 2023 at 5:00pm

White Stag Block, Event Space
70 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209

On behalf of the Department of Architecture Lectures and Events Committee:

Please join us on Friday, Feb 24th at 05:00 pm PT in Portland WSB Event Space, or on Zoom (link below), for the talk titled "Inscriptions: A Theory of Contemporary Architecture" by Andrew Holder. This event is structured as a multi-part lecture and roundtable conversation with faculty respondents. 


Against the popular characterization of contemporary architecture as a centerless field where anything goes and everything is possible, this lecture aims to show that much recent work belongs to a collective undertaking of inscriptions. Underneath the seeming kaleidoscopic difference of individual projects, there is a shared mechanism, an agreement about how architectural objects emerge from the procedures of design.


Andrew Holder is co-principal of The LADG, an architectural practice based in Los Angeles, and an Associate Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he is also Program Director for the MArch I degree track. He is active both as a designer and a theorist of contemporary architecture. His built work and architectural proposals focus on how buildings can become actors in the built environment almost akin to human subjects. Recent projects include a series of five houses in Los Angeles, a retreat in rural Maine, and an architectural anthropology of the Mount Washington suburbs. Andrew’s writing similarly connects architecture’s form and physical presence to its participation in a larger history of ideas, most recently in the book Inscriptions: Architecture Before Speech, co-edited with K. Michael Hays. Additional publications include essays and projects in Young Architects 16, a+tLogPidginProjectHarvard Design Magazine, and RM 1000. He has been recognized with two P/A awards, the League Prize from the Architectural League of New York, and citations from the Los Angeles chapter of the AIA.


Meeting ID: 997 8723 4975

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