The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2016-2017 :: Charlotte Skene Catling :: GEOARCHEOLOGY: Geology { Architecture } Archeology

  • Thursday 2nd March 2017, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

Charlotte Skene Catling will talk about her approach to excavating meaning from context as a means of developing architecture. Where geology is focused on the study of the earth and the rocks from which it is formed, archeology concentrates on the ‘biofacts’, artifacts, architectures and cultural landscapes within a given place. Using a combined ‘geological’ and ‘archeological’ approach, her practice has developed an unusual method of making architecture that enters into adjacent disciplines. Her talk will be illustrated by five projects: three buildings, one opera and an art installation for the 57th Venice Art Biennale to open in May 2017.

Charlotte Skene Catling is an architect and director of the architectural practice Skene Catling de la Peña. She uses research as a basis for design, with a particular interest in the borders between architecture and other disciplines. She has written about architecture in The Architectural Review and ARCH+, made internationally screened architectural films and is launching the inaugural architectural film festival ArchFilmFest in London this June. She has taught at the Royal College of Art, the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany and is an advisor to the London School of Architecture (LSA). Charlotte is currently completing a research project with the RCA and the Rothschild Foundation on architectural representation. Her practice has won numerous awards and has been extensively published internationally. She was named a Debrett’s 500 People of Influence in Architecture & Design in 2016 and was shortlisted for the 2016 Architectural Review Women in Architecture award.