Spring 2014

The Spring 2014 lecture series at Kent State University, Florence Program, saw the participation of 4 European professionals and 1 special guest from California whose activity spans the whole spectrum of architecture-related activities, from industrial design to art and urban installations, from videos to architectural projects, ranging in scale from residential to institutional to urban design. The lectures were fine-tuned with the programs developed in the studios and in the theory classes.

Luis Urculo’s lecture, for example, and his latest videos made to present architectural projects and design concepts, was especially catering to the students enrolled in the “Video, Media and Architecture” class, whose course objective is to “explore and reflect upon the critical role media (books, magazines, the Web, videos) played in the advancement of the architectural discourse between the 20th and the 21st Century up to today.”

Thom Faulder’s and Carlos Arroyo’s lectures were especially important for the architecture students, since many of the projects they presented explored similar conditions (urban and programmatic) as the ones they dealt with in the architecture studios.

Stefano Pujatti’s and Manuel Aires Mateus’s projects, and their keen attention to design details, materiality and light conditions, were especially interesting for the interior design students.

Spring 2014, lecture by Manuel Aires Mateus.

Lecture by Manuel Aires Mateus.

Portuguese architect Manuel Aires Mateus (www.airesmateus.com) lectured at Kent State University, Florence Program on Monday April 7, 2014. His lecture was introduced by Paola Giaconia. Manuel Aires Mateus was born in Lisbon in 1963 and graduated from “Faculdade de Arquitectura / U.T.L” in 1986. He started collaborating with the Arch. Gonçalo Byrne in 1983 and started…

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Spring 2014, lecture by Stefano Pujatti.

Lecture by Stefano Pujatti.

Stefano Pujatti, founder and principal of ElasticoSPA in Turin, Italy (www.elasticofarm.com), lectured at Kent State University, Florence Program on April 1, 2014. His lecture was introduced by Marco Brizzi. For ElasticoSPA design is science-fiction rather than just a science. It’s a balance between form and function, it’s innovation and realism, it means jumping forward keeping in…

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Spring 2014, lecture by Carlos Arroyo.

Lecture by Carlos Arroyo.

Tuesday March 18, 2014 at 7:00 pm Spanish architect Carlos Arroyo lectured at Kent State University, Florence program. His lecture was introduced by Paola Giaconia. Carlos Arroyo Arquitectos (www.carlosarroyo.net) is a Madrid based architecture and planning office of international scope, with built work and projects in Spain, France, Belgium, Argentina, Colombia and Rwanda. Carlos Arroyo has developed…

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Spring 2014, lecture by Thom Faulders.

Lecture by Thom Faulders.

On Tuesday February 11, 2014, Thom Faulders, founding partner of FAULDERS STUDIO, Oakland, CA (faulders-studio.com) will be at Palazzo Cerchi presenting recent works by his office. The lecture will be introduced by John Loomis. FAULDERS STUDIO works at the intersection of commissioned architecture, permanent public art installations, international museum and gallery exhibitions, and speculative design research. Led by…

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Spring 2014, lecture by Luis Urculo.

Lecture by Luis Urculo.

On Tuesday January 28, 2014 Luis Urculo, principal of Estudio Luis Urculo in Madrid, Spain (www.luisurculo.com) lectured at Kent State University, Florence Program. His lecture was introduced by Marco Brizzi, professor of the “Architecture and Media” theory course. Luis Urculo, architect and visual artist, studied architecture at the ETSAM Technical School of Architecture in Madrid and at the Illinois Institute of…

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