The complexity of the contemporary city requires architects and designers to discover and define new methods, tactics, tools and approaches to projects. The profession and the academy both suffer from the lack of opportunity, or willingness, to engage in this complex environment. The reality is that design, at all scales, involves a vast array of people from the public and private sector: decision makers, stakeholders, consultants, specialists, and the end user. Archeworks’ spring lecture series will feature architects and designers that are challenging the traditional, nostalgic and dominant ways of practice in the interest of the public good.

Lectures are free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP required.

Xavier Wrona

Est-ce ainsi

6:30PM February 16, 2016

Location: Archeworks, 625 N. Kingsbury

Xavier Wrona is the founder of the architecture office Est-ce ainsi, a structure working to refocus the architectural practice on its political consequences and its possible participation in the reform of “vivre ensemble.” Est-ce ainsi articulates a critical reading of the figure of the architect throughout history to the production of inordinately minimum architectures with a particular attention to the means of production of the built environment. Architect DPLG, Xavier Wrona is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris La Villette and of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, GA. He taught from 2002-2010 for the Franco-American studio for the Georgia Tech Paris Program at the ENSAPLV in Paris, at the ENSAPBX in Bordeaux and is now associate professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Saint-Etienne, France. Est-ce ainsi was awarded the Young Architects and Landscape Architects prize by the french Ministry of Culture in 2010.

Maarten Gielen


6:30PM March 2, 2016

Location: Archeworks, 625 N. Kingsbury

Maarten Gielen is a founding member of the collective Rotor where he currently works as designer, manager and researcher. Founded in 2005, Rotor is a group of architects, designers and other professionals interested in material flows in industry and construction, particularly in relation to resources, waste, use and reuse. Rotor disseminates creative strategies for salvage and waste reduction through workshops, publications, and exhibitions. They represented Belgium at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial in 2010, exhibited at the Fondazione Prada in Milan, and partnered with OMA at the Progress Barbican Art Gallery in London.

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Clement Blanchet

Clement Blanchet Architecture

6:30PM March 10, 2016

Location: Archeworks, 625 N. Kingsbury

Clement Blanchet is a French architect, teacher and critic, actively practicing in the fields of architectural theory, urbanism, and cultural investigations. In 2011, Blanchet was appointed Director of OMA France. During his 10 years collaborating with Rem Koolhaas, he has contributed to the development of OMA in France and led several winning project for the firm, including the construction of Serpentine Gallery in London, the design and construction of Caen Library in France, the design and development of winning entries like the Convention and exhibition Centre in Toulouse, the Engineering school of Centrale, master plans in Saclay and in Bordeaux, and lately the bridge JJ Bosc over the Garonne in Bordeaux. In 2014, Blanchet founded Clement Blanchet Architecture in Paris as a laboratory, researching, informing and generating architecture/urbanism in all its forms.

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Andrew Moddrell

PORT Urbanism

6:30PM March 23, 2016

Location: Archeworks, 625 N. Kingsbury

Andrew Moddrell is a founding director of PORT. He is currently leading a diverse range of PORT’s public realm design projects in Chicago, Denver, Cleveland and Knoxville. Mr. Moddrell teaches seminars and design studios related to contemporary urbanism as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the UIC School of Architecture and as the 2015-16 Eliel Saarinen Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

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