Arriscraft Canada Brick Speaker Series | Winter 2024: from the field

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Lionel Devlieger - Rotor/Ghent University

The Collapse of Reuse Practices: The Case of 20th C Belgium
January 18, 2024, 6:00pm | Laurence A Cummings Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture

Lionel Devlieger is an engineer-architect and historian; he studied in Ghent and Rome. In 2005 he co-founded Rotor, where he was project manager until his appointment as full-time associate professor (material-cultural history of architectural practice) at Ghent University in 2021. Lionel has also taught at universities across Europe and the US (UC Berkeley,TU Delft, Columbia University, the Architectural Association).  

In 2018 he co-authored Déconstruction et réemploi, a reference textbook on building component reuse now in its third print (EPFL press). His research now focuses on lessons to be learnt from history on how to shift the construction sector out of its current resource-squandering habits. 

Moderator: Jane Mah Hutton 

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Rana Abughannam, UBC Sala

en(COUNTER)s in Palestine
Thursday, March 7, 2024, 6:00pm | Laurence A Cummings Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture

Rana Abughannam is assistant professor at the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, University of British Columbia. She taught at Carleton University, the Canadian University Dubai and Birzeit University. She is a registered architect in Palestine with a degree in architectural engineering (Birzeit University) and a Master of History and theory of architecture (McGill University). Her doctoral research (Carleton University) focuses on counter-colonial practices in Palestine. 

Moderator: Anwar Jaber

Rana Abughannam - en(COUNTER)s in Palestine

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Rana Abughannam - Q&A

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Menna Agha, Azrieli School of Architecture

The Emotional Work of Architecture
Thursday, March 14, 2024, 6:00pm | Laurence A Cummings Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture

Menna Agha is an architect and researcher who has recently been coordinating the spatial justice agenda at the Flanders Architecture Institute in Belgium. She joins the Azrieli School to promote pedagogy and research in the newly established area of Design and Spatial Justice.

Moderator: David Fortin

Menna Agha - The Emotional Work of Architecture

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Menna Agha - Q&A

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Neeraj Bhatia, THE OPEN WORKSHOP; California College of the Arts

Life After Property
Thursday, March 21, 2024, 6:00 pm | Laurence A Cummings Lecture Theatre, School of Architecture

Neeraj Bhatia is an architect, urban designer, and educator whose work resides at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism. He is the founder of the design practice THE OPEN WORKSHOP as well as an Associate Professor at the California College of the Arts where he also directs Urban Works Agency, an urbanism research lab. Select honors include the Architectural League Young Architects Prize, Emerging Leaders Award from Design Intelligence, and the Canadian Prix de Rome. THE OPEN WORKSHOP’s design-research has been commissioned by the Seoul Biennale, Venice Biennale, Chicago Architecture Biennial, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among other venues. Neeraj is author of the book, New Investigations in Collective Form, and co-editor of Bracket [Takes Action], Bracket [On Sharing], and the Petropolis of Tomorrow.  

Moderator: Adrian Blackwell

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