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Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture Series

The Kenneth Frampton Endowed lecture series is an annual lecture given at Columbia GSAPP by a distinguished architect scholar honoring Ware Professor Emeritus Kenneth Frampton for his lifetime of teaching and research. Speakers deliver public lectures addressing some of the key issues central to Professor Frampton’s thinking about the field of architecture. The Kenneth Frampton Lecture was established in 2010 by a generous group of Columbia GSAPP alumni and friends.

Sumayya Vally

April 24, 2023
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Wonne Ickx
November 23, 2021
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Wonne Ickx: 2021 Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture

Wednesday, November 23, 2021

In 2006, Wonne Ickx founded PRODUCTORA in Mexico City, together with Abel Perles, Carlos Bedoya, and Victor Jaime. PRODUCTORA has received many awards for their work, including the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize for Emerging Architects and the Oscar Niemeyer Prize for Latin American Architecture. Amongst the many publications of the office, their first monograph by Arquine (2010) and the 2G monograph (2014) stand out. They also published Being The Mountain, a book on the relation between modern architecture and topography with ACTAR and IIT.

Tatiana Bilbao
November 16, 2020
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Tatiana Bilbao, Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO: 2020 The Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture

Monday, November 16, 2020

Tatiana Bilbao ESTUDIO is a Mexico City-based architecture studio, founded in 2004. At the core of the studio’s practice is an analysis of the context surrounding projects, which scale from masterplans to affordable housing typologies. A goal of the work is to both contribute to its surroundings while remaining flexible to absorb shifting needs.

Response by Enrique Walker.

Marina Tabassum
September 23, 2019
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Monday, September 23, 2019

The architect and educator Marina Tabassum speaks about her Bait Ur Rouf Mosque, an Aga Khan Architecture Award (2016) winning project. Tabassum also addresses the importance of local materials, climate, culture, and history in her work. She explains her aspirations in a wide range of projects, from cultural, leisure to several housing projects in the region of Dhaka.

Response by Kenneth Frampton

Kongjian Yu
October 29, 2018
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Monday, October 29, 2018

The architect and educator Kongjian Yu speaks in detail about rural agricultural landscapes, and a deep embrace of nature. He explains more about his ecologically and culturally sensitive projects. Yu explains the role of design and engineering in creating transformative forms. His research has been adopted by the Chinese government as the guiding theory for national land use planning, eco-city campaigns, and urban ecological restoration.

Response by Kenneth Frampton

Rahul Mehrotra
November 8th, 2017
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Rahul Mehrotra, RMA Architects: 2017 Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The architect, urban designer, and educator Rahul Mehrotra speaks about his work for clients that include government and non-governmental agencies, corporate, as well as private individuals and institutions. His firm RMA Architects has also initiated several unsolicited projects driven by the firm’s commitment to advocacy in the city of Mumbai. Mehrotra is a professor of urban design and planning at the Harvard GSD and has written and lectured extensively on architecture, conservation, and urban planning in Mumbai and India.

Bijoy Jain
November 9, 2015
Bijoy Jain, Studio Mumbai: 2015 Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture

Monday, November 9, 2015

On the occasion of the fifth annual Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture, Mumbai-based architect and Principal of Studio Mumbai, which employed traditional materials, building techniques, and collaborations with local carpenters, stone masons, and craftspeople to realize the acclaimed Palmyra House and Tara House. Response by Ware Professor of Architecture Kenneth Frampton.

Angelo Bucci
November 12, 2014
Angelo Bucci: 2014 Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture

Brazilian architect Angelo Bucci presents the work of SPBR, the firm he founded in 2003, including House in Ubatuba: a remarkable reinforced concrete house suspended on three columns that overlooks the bay of Ubatuba. For the fourth annual Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture, this and other projects are considered within the legacy of Paulo Mendes da Rocha and João Batista Vilanova Artigas in Bucci’s home city of São Paulo.

Response by Kenneth Frampton

Grafton Architects
November 20, 2013
Grafton Architects: 2013 Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture

Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara, Grafton Architects

In the third annual Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture, Grafton Architects Principals Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara explore the architect’s role as interpreter of various needs—from from site and space to language and culture—into built form. Drawing on their Universita Luigi Bocconi in Milan, Italy, and a “new cliff” for the Universidad de Ingeniería & Tecnología (UTEC) that overlooks the Pacific Ocean in Lima, Peru, the architects grapple with highlighting difference, nuance, and social and cultural specificity over an “Esperanto” of architecture, and, recalling the language, literature, and visual metaphors of their native Ireland, question what is lost in translation.

Response by Kenneth Frampton

Eduardo Souto de Moura
November 26, 2012

Eduardo Souto de Moura: 2012 Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture
On the occasion of the second annual Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture, Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Eduardo Souto de Moura discusses his architecture and design practice.
Juhani Pallasmaa
October 11, 2019

Juhani Pallasmaa: 2011 Kenneth Frampton Endowed Lecture