The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018 :: TWIN PEAKS: The Redroom RED-ux :: A film by Mark Garcia

  • Friday 23rd March 2018, 6pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

Twin Peaks by David Lynch and Mark Frost (and others) is a multimedia contemporary gesamtkunstwerk spanning over 25 years, 3 television series totalling 48 episodes, a feature-length international film (Fire Walk With Me) and 5 fiction books (The Secret Diary Of Laura PalmerThe Autobiography Of Agent Dale Cooper, Welcome To Twin Peaks: An Access Guide To The Town, The Secret History Of Twin Peaks and Twin Peaks: The Final Dossier). As the first part of his forthcoming Hawksmoor Lecture: ‘Twin Peaks: Earth, Air, Water Walk With Me’, Mark Garcia will be screening his 73 minute RED-ux of THE REDROOM, the genius masterpiece of surrealism at the heart of Twin Peaks. SpOiLeRs InClUdED.

Mark Garcia is the Senior Lecturer in MArch Histories/Theories/Futures in the Department of Architecture & Landscape, University of Greenwich, London. He has worked for Branson Coates Architecture and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and has held academic research and management posts at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University and at the Royal College of Art (London). Mark is a guest-editor of Architextiles ADPatterns of Architecture ADFuture Details of Architecture AD and the editor of ‘The Diagrams of Architecture. The 2017 solo exhibition Up-Close of his photographs of the details and models of Zaha Hadid was held at the University of Cornell School of Art, Architecture & Planning.



The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018 :: Matthew Butcher :: Provocation and Performance

  • Thursday 8th March 2018, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

Matthew Butcher’s work, formed of designs, actions and events, operates as a provocation within particular social, cultural and political contexts associated with the inhabitation of suburban and rural environments. This includes coastal sites in Essex affected by rising sea levels or the industrial hinterlands in the North East of England. Manifesting as built structures, events, drawings and scaled models, the work explores spaces and forms that are performative. That is to say, the material state of the architecture changes, or is perceived to change, in relationship to conditions such as the environments in which they are located, or through the actions of the people who inhabit them. Cross referencing his practice with the work of architects and artists working across the disciplines of art, architecture and performance in the 1970’s, Butcher will seek to ask whether we can, through the re-contextualization of historical models, re-enact an architectural Avant-Garde today? And he will question what the use of this mode of practice can mean to the future of the discipline?

Matthew Butcher is an academic, writer and designer. His work has been exhibited at the V&A Museum, London; Storefront for Art and Architecture, New York; The Architecture Foundation, London and the Prague Quadrennial, Prague. Recent projects and exhibitions include ‘2EmmaToc/Writtle Calling’ a temporary radio station in Essex, ‘Flood House’ a floating architecture developed for Southend and ‘The Mansio’, a retreat for writers and poets, which was nominated for the 2017 Architects Journal Small Projects Prize. Matthew is also the editor and founder of the architectural newspaper P.E.A.R.: Paper for Emerging Architectural Research and Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture; where he is also Director of the Undergraduate Architecture Programme. He has contributed articles and papers for journals including Conditions, Architecture Research Quarterly (ARQ), the RIBA Journal and Architecture Today. He is also Guest Editor, along with Luke Pearson, of the upcoming special issue of AD titled Re-Imagining the Avant-Garde: revisiting the architecture of the 1960s and 1970s. For more information please see:


The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018 :: Michael Chapman :: Architecture and Dysfunction

  • Thursday 15th February 2018, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

This lecture will look at intersections between Michael Chapman’s research, architectural drawing and built projects across 15 years of creative practice. In this time, his work has looked to address relationships between architecture and philosophy/psychology, with a particular emphasis on architectural drawing and the legacy of surrealism. He will present a series of built and hypothetical projects that have been distilled from conceptual ideas and explore architecture as a way of engaging with the world, as a mode of both communication and survival.

Michael Chapman is Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle in Australia and the director of the architectural practice hrmphrdt. His research has focussed on the relationship between architecture and surrealism, with an emphasis on the way that architectural theory engages with the larger frameworks of economics, philosophy, architecture and communication. His creative work includes numerous built works, architectural drawing and collaborative art installations. His creative practice has been widely exhibited, including at the Venice Biennale, Federation Square in Melbourne, the Museum of Melbourne and the State Library of NSW in Sydney. Together with Michael Ostwald and Chris Tucker, he is the author of ‘Residue: Architecture as a Condition of Loss’, published by RMIT Press in 2007.

The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018 :: Ricardo de Ostos :: Scavengers and Other Creatures in Promised Lands

  • Thursday 8th February 2018, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

Reacting to contemporary displacement patterns, ‘Scavengers and Other Creatures in Promised Lands’ is a provocative architectural exploration of how radical cultural practices and time-based spaces enable a new set of architectural responses. For the last ten years Ricardo de Ostos and Nannette Jackowski have led a research studio at the AA School in London in pursuit of this question through cities, forests and wastelands. Illustrating their approach, the lecture will present ten years of their academic research with an in-depth view on how storytelling, collapsing environments and innovation in design shape an innovative understanding of the built environment. With a photographic documentation of unique places on Planet Earth, ‘Scavengers and Other Creatures in Promised Lands’ explores the gripping power of myth and fiction as radical narratives for imagining the near future of cities and forests.

Ricardo de Ostos creates speculative fictions that envision architectural projects in shifting environmental and cultural contexts. He lives, works and teaches in London, at both the Architectural Association and The Bartlett School of Architecture. He is the co-director of NaJa & deOstos studio and co-author of ‘The Hanging Cemetery of Baghdad’ (Springer Wien/New York, 2006), ‘Ambiguous Spaces’ (Princeton Press, 2007) and ‘Scavengers and Other Creatures in Promised Lands’ (2017, AA).

Image: Phantom Creatures, NaJa & deOstos

The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018 :: Landscape and Agency – Book Launch and Panel Discussion Speakers: Tim Waterman, Ed Wall, Douglas Spencer, Peg Rawes, Paul Cureton

  • Wednesday 7th February, 6:30 – 8:00pm
  • University of Greenwich, 10-11 Stockwell Street, Lecture Theatre 11_0004


Landscape and Agency: Critical Essays (Routledge 2017) will be launched at the University of Greenwich on Wednesday 7 February. The editors (Ed Wall and Tim Waterman) and several contributors (Peg Rawes, Douglas Spencer and Paul Cureton) will discuss the development of the idea of agency in landscape theory and practice. The event will be followed by a drinks reception at University of Greenwich, Stockwell Street.


Landscape and Agency explores how landscape, as an idea, a visual medium and a design practice, is organized, appropriated and framed in the transformation of places, from the local to the global. It seeks to show how the development of the idea of agency in landscape theory and practice can fundamentally change our engagement with future landscapes. The book’s international contributors are concerned with the many ways in which the relationship between the ideas and practices of landscape, and social and subjective formations and material processes, are invested with agency. They critically examine the role of landscape in processes of contemporary urban development, environmental debate and political agendas and they explore how these relations can be analysed and rethought through dialogue between theory and practice.


Tim Waterman is senior lecturer and landscape architecture theory coordinator at the University of Greenwich and a tutor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He writes for a wide range of professional and academic publications on the subjects of power, democracy, taste, foodways, and everyday life.

Ed Wall is the Academic Leader Landscape at the University of Greenwich, London, Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano (DiAP) and City of Vienna Visiting Professor for urban culture, public space and the future – urban equity and the global agenda (TU Wien/SKuOR). His research and design practice focuses on landscape, public space and cities. He is the founding editor of the design research journal Testing-Ground (2015). In 2007 Ed established Project Studio. Award winning projects have been published and exhibited widely, including at the Architecture Foundation, Royal Academy, Biennale of Landscape Urbanism, London Festival of Architecture and the Van Alen Institute.

Douglas Spencer teaches history and theory of architecture at the Architectural Association and University of Westminster. His recently published The Architecture of Neoliberalism reflects on how the production and experience of contemporary architecture can be understood socially and politically. He has contributed essays for numerous publications including The Journal of Architecture, Radical PhilosophyArchitectural Designe-fluxAA FilesNew Geographies, and Volume, contributed chapters for collections such as Architecture and FeminismsLandscape and Agency; This Thing Called Theory; and Architecture Against the Post-Political.

Peg Rawes is Professor in Architecture and Philosophy and Programme Director of the Masters in Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Recent publications include: Equal By Design (co-authored with Beth Lord, in collaboration with Lone Star Productions, 2016); ‘Housing Biopolitics and Care’ in Critical and Clinical Cartographies, ed. A. Radman and Heidi Sohn (2017); ‘Humane and Inhumane Ratios’ in The Architecture Lobby’s Aysmmetric Labors (2016); Poetic Biopolitics: Practices of Relation in Architecture and the Arts (co-ed., 2016); Relational Architectural Ecologies (ed., 2013).

Paul Cureton is a Senior Lecturer in Design (People, Products, Places) ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University. Paul is also a Senior Research Fellow in Landscape & Infrastructure, CATiD Research Centre, led by Kathryn Moore, Birmingham City University, UK. He holds a PhD in Landscape Representation from Manchester School of Architecture. Primary research interests include Future Cities, GIS, UAVs, mapping, modelling and digital fabrication. Recent publications include a monograph; ‘Strategies for Landscape Representation: Digital and Analogue Techniques’ (Routledge 2016) and the co-authored governmental working paper with Nick Dunn ‘A Visual History of the Future’ (Foresight, BIS 2014). Cureton & Dunn are due to release a new work, ‘Future Cities: A Visual History’ (Bloomsbury 2019).


The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018 :: Klaske Havik & Bruno Notteboom OASE#98 Launch: Narrating Urban Landscapes

  • Thursday 1st February 2018, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

Klaske Havik (TUDelft) and Bruno Notteboom (KULeuven) present OASE #98 Narrating Urban Landscapes. The issue presents a new angle on the work of (landscape) architects and urban planners of the 1960s and 1970s (Edmund Bacon, Kevin Lynch and Jacques Simon) and of practitioners and academics in the field today (Elena Cogato, Christophe Girot, Anke Schmidt, Bas Smets), and sheds light on recent experiments in academia (ETH Zürich, University of Greenwich, TUDelft, KULeuven). OASE #98 presents narration as a means with which to reposition design and the designer as a mediator between the expert and the inhabitant, addressing issues such as bodily experience, sociospatial fragmentation and participation.

Klaske Havik is associate professor of Methods & Analysis at Delft University of Technology and visiting professor of Architectural Design in Tampere, Finland. Her research focuses on the productive connection between architecture and literature. Her book Urban Literacy. Reading and Writing Architecture (NAi010, 2014) proposed a literary approach to the experience, use and imagination of place. She co-edited the anthology Architectural Positions: Architecture, Modernity and the Public Sphere (SUN 2009) and Writingplace: Investigations in Architecture (NAi010, 2016). Havik’s literary work appeared in Dutch poetry collections and literary magazines.

Bruno Notteboom is an engineer-architect, urban planner, and doctor in urban and regional planning (Ghent University, 2009). After working in practice for several years, he was an assistant professor at Ghent University and the University of Antwerp, and a visiting scholar UC Berkeley before joining the Department of Architecture at KULeuven as associate professor in Urban and Rural Landscapes in 2017. Notteboom’s current research focuses on landscape design in a context of urbanization and shifting disciplinary alignments, from a historical and a contemporary perspective. He is an editor of OASE. Journal for Architecture and Journal of Landscape Architecture.





The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018 :: Perry Kulper Assemblies :: Drawn Cosmologies

  • Thursday 25th January 2018, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

‘Assemblies: Drawn Cosmologies’ will tease out representational and spatial capacities of the architectural drawing. Saddling up Wallace Stevens’ seminal poem ’13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’ the talk will expose hunches, wild assertions and project images as partial evidence. Equally, behind-the-scenes techniques to build a discipline for design will be foregrounded—these deployed in search of cultural gravity through design that crawls up the sleeves of the discipline, challenging what’s expected, normalized and frequently flattened. These techniques include: conjuring pithy terms; language folds; exercising fast twitch design muscles; analogic thinking; and making work that navigates varied ideas—all mobilized toward prompting the cultural imagination.

Perry Kulper is an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan. In a prior life he was a SCI-Arc faculty member for 17 years and held visiting teaching positions at Penn and ASU. After graduate studies at Columbia University he worked in the offices of Eisenman/Robertson, Robert A.M. Stern and Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown before moving to Los Angeles. His primary interests include: the generative potential of architectural drawing; the different spatial opportunities offered by using diverse design methods in design practices; and in broadening the conceptual range by which architecture contributes to our cultural imagination. In 2013 he published Pamphlet Architecture 34, ‘Fathoming the Unfathomable: Archival Ghosts and Paradoxical Shadows’ with friend and collaborator Nat Chard. Recently he has ventured into the digital world, attempting to get a handle on ‘cut + paste’ operations in Photoshop. Fantastic beasts have also been on his mind.

The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018 :: Kenneth R. Olwig :: Greenwich and the Genesis of Landscape as Scenic Space – and the Enclosure of Landscape as ‘Commons’ Place

  • Thursday 7th December 2017, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

Greenwich is the site of locations symbolically key to both the genesis of landscape as scenic space and the common(s) landscapes of polity and place enclosed and appropriated by scenic landscape. One location is the Royal Observatory, home to the phantom “presence” of the prime meridian – key to the mapping of the “global” space ruled by the neighbouring Royal Navy. Another is the Queen’s House, designed by Inigo Jones for Queen Anne of Denmark, where she and her court might have had a mean time performing masques within Jones’ designed landscape scenery if Anne had lived to see its completion.

Kenneth R. Olwig is professor emeritus at the Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Alnarp. His focus has been on the history of landscape in theory and practice, and the relationship between landscape and differing ideas of law, justice and democracy. He is the author of ‘Landscape, Nature and the Body Politic’ and is currently preparing a collection of his journal articles to be published by Routledge under the provisional title ‘The Meanings of Landscape: Essays on Place, Space, Environment and Justice’. He was born on Staten Island, New York City, and has taught at universities in Norway, Sweden and Denmark, where he resides.




The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018 :: Nic Clear :: Professorial Inaugural Lecture F.U.N.: Future Urban Networks

  • Thursday 30th November 2017, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

We are currently at a moment of profound technological change and while there is a great deal of hype surrounding the Nano-Bio-Info-Cogno technologies, the revolutionary significance of these developments on our cities is either not fully grasped, or seen in the context of dystopian scenarios of totalitarian enslavement and runaway grey goo. In this lecture Professor Nic Clear will try and outline how our fears of technology are tied to a variety of nostalgic concepts of the city and an ideology of technophobia, he will contrast this more positivist readings of technology some of which are taken from the discourse of speculative fiction. Professor Clear will then describe a series of urban projects that speculate on the implementation of the NBIC technologies in a post-singularity, post scarcity world that questions the laissez-faire attitudes that underpin much of contemporary society.

Professor Nic Clear is an architect, writer and curator, he is Professor of Architecture and Head of the Department of Architecture and Landscape at the University of Greenwich, where he is also Co-Director of the AVATAR research Group. In 2015 Nic was the Inaugural Professor for Research in Visionary Cities at the Institute of Fine Arts in Vienna. Nic has written extensively on science fiction and architecture and produced a number of speculative projects that propose architecture ‘as’ science fiction. Nic has designed and curated a number of critically acclaimed exhibitions and his own work has been exhibited internationally.

The Hawksmoor International Lecture Series 2017-2018 :: Alison Brooks :: The Ideal and the Real – why Civicness is the project

  • Thursday 23rd November 2017, 6.30pm
  • Tessa Blackstone Lecture Theatre [11_0003]

Alison Brooks, founder of the multi-award winning London-based practice Alison Brooks Architects will discuss her practice philosophy, techniques and the ideal of ‘civicness’ using current and recently completed projects: The Cohen Quadrangle at Oxford University; a high rise urban block in Kings Cross, London, The Smile Pavilion and housing scheme Ely Court, shortlisted for the 2017 Mies Award for contemporary European architecture.

Alison Brooks, Principal and Creative Director of Alison Brooks Architects, is recognised as one of the leading architects of her generation. She has developed an international reputation for design innovation, as well as a voice advocating for the social project of architecture and the role of women in the profession. Since establishing Alison Brooks Architects in 1996, she has attracted acclaim for her work in urban design, housing, buildings for the arts and higher education. Named by Debrett’s as one of ‘Britain’s 500 Most Influential’, Alison Brooks is the only British architect to have won all three of the UK’s most prestigious awards for architecture: the RIBA Stirling Prize, Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize. Most recently, in 2017, Alison was award the AJ100 Contribution to the Profession Award.