Who would YOU like to see lecture at CMU?

As a response to the conversation about Zaha Hadid, I have been thinking about whom I’d like to see lecture,and whom the class would like to see lecture. Steve Lee told us in red studio (1st semester) dinner, that he would love to hear Renzo Piano.

Personally, I would love to hear Louise Bourgeois, Herzog & de Meuron, Andy Goldsworthy, and Peter Zumthor. Maybe even an encore performance from Peter Fend.

Who do YOU want to see lecture?


4 Responses to “Who would YOU like to see lecture at CMU?”

  1. 1 Kai Gutschow
    2009/06/10 at 3:27 pm

    When putting together a list of potential speakers, it’s often good to include some rising or up-and-coming stars, rather than the Pritzker-winner group. They are more likely to come (less busy, more eager, more willing to “teach”, cheaper) and often have “tomorrow’s” ideas instead of “yesterday’s.” In addition to our own SoA lecture series, there is the Wats:on Festival, that has a bit more money to spend, and seeks to invite more “inter-disciplinary” people. Also, don’t forget to check out who’s lecturing in Columbus, State College, Buffalo, Toronto, and even Princeton-Philly-New York, as these schools often get amazing lectures, worth the road trip…

  2. 2 Pablo Garcia
    2009/06/10 at 3:36 pm

    And don’t forget Ann Arbor (less than 5 hours away), which gets amazing lecture traffic (in and out of architecture).

    Spike put together last semester’s incredible lecture series, and I think she will do so this year as well. So I would suggest talking to her or keeping your eyes open for a solicitation for names she might send out in the Fall. You do have a hand in who comes here, and Kai is right that cost matters, but the options are wide open. Spike did a lot with a budget and some careful solicitations.

  3. 3 Liza
    2009/06/10 at 6:41 pm

    So… given your restrictions, who would you (plural) like to see lecture?

  4. 4 mzhuber
    2009/06/10 at 10:29 pm

    While youtube never lives up to real life, many lectures are available online. Check websites of other schools; while you’re there check the student work. It’s beneficial to see how other institutions operate and what kind of work their students are generating. Some schools even post class lectures.

    A friend from OSU pointed me to this link that logs lectures that Jeff Kipnis, an influential theorist and curator of the Wexner Center designed by Peter Eisenman, delivers to second year students there.


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