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Archilectures - Visiting Professors

Visiting Professors invited by the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering open their classes for the ARCHILECTURES series, a program of fifteen talks on their work, their thinking and their research. 


II semester

5 APRIL 2019 - ROOM IIIB H 17:00

MATERIALITY. In his lecture, prof. Vicens will present several examples of his practical architectural works. All the examples will be shown from a specific point of view, that will focus itself on the materiality. The choice of different materials will be presented both in the sense of their presence and their quality. Prof. Vicens will explain also his vision on many materials, together with both main characteristics and aspects of each typology. The aim of the lecture is to give an idea of the meaningful potentialities of architectural materials, keeping in mind that this knowledge could constitute the first step for an aware and free design of new projects.

Ignacio Vicens graduated in architecture at the ETSAM (Madrid), where he then received his PhD, winning the annual university award (ETSAM Doctoral Prize, 1985). Actually, he is full professor of architectural design at ETSAM University, where he’s also head of the research group: "Culture and living" on the topic of sustainable living, especially in developing areas.

During last years he has visited several international universities, both as a Visiting Professor and to hold seminars. These are American and European universities, such as: University of Pennsylvania, ‘de la República’ University (Montevideo), ‘Panamericana’ and ‘Las Americas’ universities (Mexico), ‘Católica’ and ‘Piura’ universities (Perů), Harvard, London (AA), Losanne, Paris (UP8), Navarre, Porto, Budapest (Politecnic). In Italy he has teached in the universities of: Palermo, Rome (La Sapienza), Milan (Politecnico).

He also received the Gold Medal from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and he was named International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Moreover, professor Vicens is a founding member of the studio ‘Vicens + Ramos’. His numerous projects (i.e. residential buildings, public spaces, universities, churches) have received many awards, both national and international (COAM (1986); IV Spanish Architecture Biennial Award (1996); Stone Architectural Award (2004); Antological Award for Contemporary Architecture at Castilla-La Mancha (2007); AD Architectural Award (2013); etc.). They’ve been also repeatedly reviewed by architectural rewievs such as: A+U, AD (Architectural Digest), Arquitectura Viva, A+T, El Croquis, Detail, Wallpaper.

Ignacio Vicens is the author of “Dicho y Hecho” (2012) and “Enseńanza y Pensamiento” (2015), two collections of writings and lectures on Architecture and teaching.

4 APRIL 2019 - ROOM N.2.1 H 16:00

TOWARD THE SYNTHETIC METAMORPHOSIS OF THE COAST - Designing resilient landscapes. We are living in a man-made era called Anthropocene, where global warming is its most emblematic crisis and cities are the engines of economic growth and social change. The paradox is that the structures that have made its development possible are nowadays responsible for their lack of resilience. In this context of an over-designed world we may think that this is consequence of bad design. This is even more evident in coastal cities where more than a billion people live. Many of them have already suffered the catastrophic effects of climate change, but all of them are increasingly vulnerable.

Thus, it is necessary a renewed conceptual framework for coastal planning and design that recognizes the coast as complex adaptive systems with the capacity and knowledge to change and adapt to face climate change effects. That means to move from designing safety structures to designing resilient landscapes.

As a result of this conceptual reformulation special concepts arise. Many of them are directly linked to a vocabulary that is unknown in some cases and even inexistent in some others. In this context, it becomes essential a conceptual metamorphosis supported by its own semantics, generated through design. Because both technical and scientific languages remain always alive and their evolution has addressed their own

adaptation to different contexts and societies along the centuries, shaping the substrate of its culture.

The preliminary taxonomy of design families for coastal resilience proposed is the result of the study of strategies and design structures developed in cities worldwide attending to its hazards under a changing climate. The site-specific development of these new structures will be capable of transforming the demand for simple objects (projects or plans) in renewed coastal landscapes: hybrids of nature and culture, hand in hand with design and technology.


Miriam García is a Ph.D in Architecture, a landscape architect, town planner and urban designer and principal of LandLab, laboratorio de paisajes, an office based in Barcelona (Spain). She has been visiting professor at The University of Pennsylvania (US) and The Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (CO) as well as in several Spanish universities.

Currently she is professor at the Master in Landscape Architecture Barcelona of the Polytechnic University of Calalunya and the Master in Urban Planning and Regional Studies of the National Institute of Public Administration, and is author of several publications.
 Her practice focuses on urban design and regional planning from the perspective of landscape and resilience, with projects awarded both nationally and internationally like the First Prize in the XII Biennial of Spanish Architecture and Urbanism. Her professional expertise so far is a combination of the skills acquired working in a regional government institution coupled with research and private practice. Her current motivation is to expand and share this knowledge to address pressing ecological and social challenges affecting fragile areas exposed to the effects of climate change.

28 MARCH 2019 - ROOM S.2.4. H 16:00

INCOMPLETE CARTOGRAPHIES - Future landscapes, publics and futures. The Open Lecture of professor Wall will present design and research projects that explore the production of landscapes, cities and public spaces. During the lecture, he will describe an expanded field of landscape, defined through complex relations of scale, temporality and change, that offers new potential for the design of cities. In contextualising research from the Advanced Landscape Research group (University of Greenwich) and design projects from his practice Project Studio, professor Wall will argue for the speculative design of future cities and public spaces informed by site-focused research.


Ed Wall is Academic Leader Landscape at the University of Greenwich and Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano. In 2017 he was City of Vienna Visiting Professor 2017: Urban culture, public space and the future – Urban equity and the global agenda (TU Wien/SKuOR).

He is currently an external examiner at the Architecture Association in London.

Ed completed his PhD in the Cities Programme at the London School of Economics (LSE) exploring relations between different ways that public spaces have been made and remade in London. Ed initially trained in landscape architecture in Manchester (MMU) and urban design, under Michael Sorkin, in New York (CCNY).

Ed has written widely, including for journals Urban (2013), Landscape: The Journal of the Landscape Institute (2011, 2012) and Topos (2011) and essays for Teaching Landscape (2018), Representing Landscapes: Analogue (2018), OASE 98(2017), Questo Metropolitan Architecture (2015), Revising Green Infrastructure: Concepts Between Design and Nature(2014), Educating Architects (2014) and Infrastructural Urbanism: Addressing the In-Between (2011). Ed has written several books, most recently he has co-edited, with Tim Waterman, Landscape and Agency (2017). In 2015 he founded, with Alex Malaescu, Testing-Ground: The Journal of Landscapes, Cities and Territories. Currently, Ed is guest editing a future landscape issue of Architectural Design (AD).

Ed has lectured at Columbia University (GSAPP), Central St. Martins (UAL), Alcala School of Architecture, Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) and Politecnico di Milano (DiAP) and has been a design critic at Columbia University, City College New York (CUNY), the Architecture Association and the Bartlett (UCL).

Ed Wall founded Project Studio in 2007 as a platform for design and research collaborations focused on landscapes, cities and territories. Key projects include winning and shortlisted collaborations, including: Roaming Forest (2010) for Landscape Urbanism Biennale; Park Works (2012) for Des Moines Waterworks Park, Iowa; Lubricity (2013) for Architecture Foundation and Royal Academy.

These projects have been published internationally, including in: The Guardian, Architects’ Journal, Building Design, Landscape Architecture Network, Abitare and Arch Daily. Projects have been exhibited at the Van Alen Institute, Royal Academy, EME3 International Festival of Architecture, Building Centre, Garden Museum, Stephen Lawrence Gallery and Des Moines Art Center.

26 MARCH 2019 - ROOM N.0.2 H 16:30

PLAYFUL TRANSFORMATIONS - The practice of transformations of urban complexes. The lecture of Jo Coenen will examine practical examples of inner city transformations from his own practice. With reference to the assignment of transforming the inner city Polimi Campus in Milan, comparable transformations from the Dutch situation occur that have extensive study values, not only in the architectural composition, but also in the integration within the city and in the organizational processes that lay behind it. Some examples created by Coenen himself and that will be worked out are the EUR-campus of the University of Rotterdam, the Arts Cluster in Tilburg and the Smalle Haven Complex in Eindhoven. In addition some other university campuses will be shown, including the Uithof in Utrecht, the TU Delft Campus and the Amsterdam Science Park, all will have been visited during the trip to the Netherlands. The examples will form clear tools to show the analytical strategic approach, that goes beyond the physical transformation of cities and urban quarters but also includes the immaterial organization. From Coenen’s experience as an in-between architect, acting as an intermediate between user, client and government, this whole range of spatial and immaterial elements forms the base of his most successful transformation projects. 

Jo Coenen is a laureated Dutch architect and urban planner. Next to professorships at TU Karlsruhe, TU Eindhoven and TU Delft, he has been active as visiting professor at numerous other institutes and was awarded several honorary doctorates. 

In his work Coenen focusses on transformation, as he works through the scales, from area visions towards detailing of the building interior. As an in-between architect, he often acts as an intermediate between user, client and government, as opposed to the traditional serving architect. Besides being an executive architect, this often leads Coenen to take the role of spatial advisor, juror or supervisor, in which he also assesses the works of others and shapes the outlines of an integrated plan development, beyond spatial measures and including the organizational process.

This occupation has lead him to become Chief Government Architect of the Netherlands (Rijksbouwmeester) between 2000 and 2004. This important position not only influences the built environment, but he also had an effect on the Dutch Architecture Education, introducing the two-year PEP Post Master Program, now obliged to acquire the Dutch Architecture Title. 

Just as in his own practice he focused as Rijskbouwmeester and University Professor (RMIT) on the revaluation of heritage integrating it with new developments and functions.

In 2014 Coenen was knighted by King Willem Alexander into the Royal Dutch Order of the Netherlands Lion. A selection of other notable laureates that Coenen received include, the 1995 BNA Kubus award for his total oeuvre, honorary membership of the German BDA and honorary Fellowship of the American AIA, in addition to many recognitions for individual buildings and projects, including the most recent German Design Award 2019 for La Ronda in TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht.

19 MARCH 2019 - ROOM 5.0.1 H 16:30

VARIOUS PROJECTS. This Open Lecture will present some examples from the Scandinavian contemporary architecture. These are recent projects, all carried out during the last ten years.

Today, even the contemporary Scandinavian architecture has to face problems of different nature. These kinds of problems are often complex. Thus, the architectural answers should be original, able to redesign both the spaces and the boundaries. Moreover, they should never resort to simplistic solutions, being able to reveal the multiple arguments elaborated during the design phase.

In particular, the examples shown during the lesson will concern some Scandinavian architecture case studies. The examples will be all characterized by a rigorous design: from the idealization phase to the realization one, from the scale of the buildings to the one of the details. The ability to analyze the different architectural scales –  from the object to the block – represents an important opportunity for future architects, who should be able to use it for a critical reassessment of the architectural conventions, in order to reinvent and to improve them.

Jonas Elding is an architect. He studied and worked in different nations all over the world, such as Italy, Sweden and Japan.

From 1999 till 2007 he lived in Tokyo, where he was an associate at SANAA. Then, he moved to Sweden, where he has co-founded an important architectural studio. Together with his studio, he has won numerous awards in Sweden but also abroad, in the US, UK, Germany, Slovenia, Spain. Their work has been exhibited and published internationally such as the professional magazines Abitare, Forum, A+U, Frame,Domus, Dwell, A10, Lotus, Tatlin News, Detail and so on.

He’s now a Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano, where he collaborates as adjunct professor with professor Kazuyo Sejima.

The aim of Elding’s architectural work is to challenge a variety of architecture and design tasks and by means of a solid process find new solutions, ways to live, or atmospheric qualities. He looks forward to leading a pragmatic workflow influenced by site, program, budget or other parameters, making every project unique, real, and story-telling.

14 MARCH 2019 - ROOM ROGERS H 17:00

SINAN AND THE VISION OF SPACE IN THE 16TH CENTURY ISTANBUL. In the course of his long life, architect Sinan built a large part of his innumerable projects, confirming himself as one of the greatest Ottoman architect in one of the most powerful empires of the modern age. His fame is undoubtedly linked to his works - in close relationship with the urban context – spread all over the territories of the Ottoman Empire and in particular concentrate in Istanbul. By locating his architecture in the most evocative points of the city, the silhouette created in the Ottoman capital by Sinan shows clearly the skills and inventiveness of the great architect, in continuous dialogue with his patrons and the city itself. From the voluminous minarets of Hagia Sophia to the large complex of Suleiman the Magnificent on the Third Hill of the Historical Peninsula; from the Rüstem Paşa mosque in the overcrowded market area of Eminönü or Sokollu Paşa to Kadırga, to the mosque-landmarks built for Princess Mihrimah at Edirnekapı or on the shore of the Asian side in Üsküdar, Sinan’s architecture arises in the cityscape as the ultimate works of extraordinary artistic beauty and of great constructive interest. Moreover, they represent a substantial change in urban planning, in which the architect was able to to adapt his complexes and buildings to the intricate urban texture of the 16th century Istanbul. 


Luca Orlandi is an architect and an architectural historian. He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at University of Genoa (Italy); he obtained a PhD in 2005 from the Polytechnics of Turin (Italy), within the program: History and Critics of the Architectural and Environmental Heritage. Since many years, he lives in Istanbul where he currently lectures History of European Architecture, Contemporary Architecture and Italian Architecture as Assistant Professor. After having worked in the Department of Architecture at Istanbul Technical University, he now works at the Özyegin University of Istanbul. He often participates in lectures, seminars and workshops in other universities in Turkey, as Kadir Has University of Mimar Sinan Fine Art University and in Italy as Politecnico di Milano and Scuola Politecnica di Genova. His fields of interests cover several topics like Ottoman architecture and Sinan, with particular interests in the Balkan areas, Contemporary Italian and Turkish architecture and design, World contemporary architecture and Travelogue in Orient. 

23 OCTOBER 2018 - ROOM IIID H 16:30

3 Spaces for 3 Communities will focus on 3 works built in different periods of António Carvalho’s career: the first, one in the middle and the most recent. All three spaces are public facilities, of very different scales and character, designed for specific spaces and communities: a public restroom in a historical center, a cemetery, a high school. 


António da Silva Ferreira de Carvalho António Carvalho is a Resident Professor at Politecnico di Milano. He studied at Oporto School (1982-86) and graduated at FAUTL, Lisbon (1988), Portugal. He got a Ph.D. in Architecture from IST, Lisbon in 2013. His PhD thesis was awarded the national prize Prémio Andre Jordan 2014. His main research domains are: age-friendly environments, multigenerational housing, shared urban space and inclusive design. His book “Architecture as Space for People”, with Introduction by Juhani Pallasmaa and Foreword by Gennaro Postiglione, was published in 2017 by Caleidoscopio. He is an awarded architect and urban designer, running for 30 years his own studio “António Carvalho Arquitectura e Urbanismo, Lda” ( in Lisbon, Portugal. He has taught and lectured in Portugal, Europe and China. 

29 OCTOBER 2018 - ROOM B.6.1 H 16:30

Informed Architecture Regardless of their content, new technologies cause changes in our perception and thinking. They create new realities. Or, as the Canadian media theorist Marshall McLuhan put it: "We shape our tools and then our tools shape us". For McLuhan, the development of media technologies thereby acts as a driving force for social change. This development has resulted not only in a radical transformation of our environment, but has also created a new environment for architects. Hence, the Digital is becoming a catalyst for a new architectural vision. Against this background the computer is certainly the most comprehensive and dynamic medium that has ever been available for an architect and his/her work. Activating this potential, however, requires an understanding of the artificial intelligence involved as an extension of our creativity. Architects should be encouraged to fulfil this role in our information society, because the ability to deal with digital media will allow architectural quality to remain within the skill set of the architect.


Marco Hemmerling is Professor of Computational Design in Architecture at the Cologne University of Applied Sciences and Visiting Professor at the Polytechnic University in Milan. Previously he was Professor at the Detmold School of Architecture and Interior Architecture and director of the post-graduate Master program Computational Design and Construction at the East Westphalia University of Applied Sciences. Marco established his Spatial Design Studio (SPADE) in Cologne after several years of gaining experience in internationally renowned architectural practices, like the Dutch firm UNStudio, where he was jointly responsible for the design of the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. He is an elected member of the Association of German Architects and the German Association of Craftsmen.

7 NOVEMBER 2018 - ROOM S.1.2 H 16:30

Berlin. Shaping the Old and the New Metropolis. Is urban planning visible? Urban planning comprises more than the planning of land use and infrastructure. It reaches from technical or social infrastructure to the general regulation of construction activities, but also has to deal with the general representation of political power, to react to changing social structures and to shape the general conditions of private and public life. Uncovering traces of urban planning, proposed or realized, in the existing built environment can help to better understand the links and interactions between planning and architecture, the relation of planning and building to other individual and spontaneous activities in the urban fabric, and thus to assess the autonomy of architecture in a metropolitan context. The open lecture on Berlin will introduce to the trajectory of urban planning in relation to architecture presenting famous planning projects, influential planning competitions and important planning theories and debates.


Hartmut F. G. Frank, born in Kosten/Koscian in 1942, Professor and Architect, has studied architecture and urban planning at TU Berlin. He taught in ETH Zurich, TU Berlin, IUP Paris, Universidade de Navarra in Pamplona and in many others European and American universities. He lives and works in Hamburg, where he is Professor of Built Environment Analysis and Architectural Theory at Hfbk (Hochschule für bildende Künste) since 1975 and since 2006 at HCU (HafenCity Universität), where he is Emeritus Professor since 2011. He has been teaching in Politecnico di Milano as invited Professor since 2014. He has published several works on history of architecture and urban planning of XIX and XX century on most important international journals, cured exhibitions and publications, promoted and organized several research projects on European architecture and urban planning. In 2013/14, together with Jean-Louis Cohen, he has been curator of the exhibition Interférences Architecture Allemagne – France 1800 -2000 in Strasbourg and Frankfurt. Currently, he is working on a monograph of architect and urban planner Fritz Schumacher and on an exhibition about designer and architect Peter Behrens.

8 NOVEMBER 2018 - ROOM IIIC H 16:30



Nikos Ktenŕs born in the city of Piraeus, Greece, he is a graduate of Cornell University (Ithaca, NY, USA) after studies at New York University (NY, USA), Columbia University (NY, USA) and the Cooper Union (NY, USA).  From 1985 to 1992 he teaches under Luigi Snozzi at the ‘EPF Lausanne’ in Switzerland.  He is an invited professor of architecture at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio, Switzerland, from  2004 to 2007.  From 2010 to 2012 he teaches in the post graduate program of Architectural Design in the University of Thessaly – Department of Architecture in Volos, Greece, while from 2013 he is a resident professor of architecture at the Politecnico di Milano, Scuola di Architettura, Urbanistica Ingegneria delle Costruzioni in Milan, Italy. 

Over the last 20 years he has given lectures, conducted seminars and has been an invited critic in architecture schools all over Europe.  He has participated in architectural exhibitions, amongst many,  in the NAI (Netherlands Institute of Architecture), Rotterdam, in the Archivio Cattaneo, Cernobbio – Como, in the Pavillon de l’Arsenal in Paris, France, he was also an invited participant in the “7th Biennale of Architecture” in Venice, Italy, etc. 

Author of more than 80 projects and realizations, he has received numerous prizes and recognitions in national and international architectural competitions and his built work has been published extensively in local and international reviews of architecture and in weekly and daily press.  In 2008 he was awarded with a special recognition for his work by the EIA (Hellenic Architecture Institute) while has been twice a candidate for the Mies van der Rohe, European architecture prize. In September 2017 he was awarded the Maximum Architecture Prize his built work in the four-year period 2013 – 2017 from the Hellenic Architecture Institute.

In 2006 the annual review Architecture in Greece dedicated a monograph issue on his work and the same year a theoretical dissertation work, ‘Semplice / Complesso’, +XM - iiriti editore, is published in Italian.

He has established his architectural practice in Lugano, Switzerland in 1987 and in Athens, in 1993.  Presently, he leaves and works in both cities.

9 NOVEMBER 2018 - ROOM B.6.2.3 H 16:30

From Ephemeral to Permanent The lecture will be a collection of different scale projects, from ephemeral to permanent as well as competitions. In all these projects there is a common idea of working with existing architectural structures, and how our design has been determined by them. 


Jesús Donaire is a Ph.D. Architect by the School of Architecture of Madrid Polytechnic University from 2016 and Architect by the same University from 2000. Thanks to a Fulbright scholarship, he was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Advanced Architectural Design by Columbia University in New York, with an Honour Award for Excellence in design and a William Kinne Fellows Prize. In 2014 he receives the UPM Consejo Social grant and he was awarded with the 2015 Rome Prize in Architecture by the Spanish Royal Academy in Rome. He is Associate Professor of Architecture at ETSAM since 2009, where he also is the Delegate of Director for International Affairs, and Visiting Professor at Politecnico di Milano since 2016. He has been Associate Professor at Nebrija University from 2014 to 2017, Visiting Professor at Boston Suffolk University and In 2007-2008 he was Teaching Assistant at The Barnard + Columbia College of Architecture. He has been a visiting critic and lecturer at various universities and cultural institutions around Europe, the United States and Canada. Principal at Jesús Donaire Architecture + Communication Office ( is based in Madrid. He has been curator and designer of international exhibitions and he has been awarded with several international prizes. 

14 NOVEMBER 2018 - ROOM D.0.3 H 16:30

Think Like A Forest. A Manifesto For Biomimetic Urbanism As the overall urban population continues to grow beyond 50% and the effects of Climate Change become increasingly severe, urbanism must be recognized as the key. The carbon footprint of sprawl, the type of urbanism that has taken the place of cities, is literally strangling the planet. Whether people live in wealthy suburbs or poor shanty towns, they invariably contradict sustainable lifestyles through patterns of mobility, waste management, energy consumption, and treatment of the land. To “think like a forest” would require an alternative to received notions of urbanism based on the premise that every urban action belongs to a circular economy, analogous to the ecology of a forest.

Richard Joseph Ingersoll, born in California, 1949, earned a doctorate in architectural history at UC Berkeley, and was a tenured associate professor at Rice University (Houston) from 1986-97. He currently teaches at Syracuse University in Florence and the Politecnico di Milano. From 1983-1997 he served as executive editor of Design Book Review. His recent publications include: Mapping Sprawl (2018, with Arian Heidari Afshari), World Architecture. A Cross-Cultural History, (2013/2018); Sprawltown, Looking for the City on its Edge, (2006); World Architecture, 1900-2000. A Critical Mosaic, Volume I:  North America, USA and Canada, (2000). He regularly curates exhibitions on design at the Museo Nivola (Orani), and in 2015 provided two installations on urban farming for the exhibition Food, from the Spoon to the World at the MAXXI nuseum in Rome. 

16 NOVEMBER 2018 - ROOM AULA AUDITORIUM, Via Pascoli, 53 H 16:30

Projeto desconfinado. Unconfined project. Over the centuries, the discipline of architecture, even though it has changed enormously, has never lost a specific disciplinary nucleus: the project. "Unconfined" is a form of navigation in the contemporary discipline of architecture without getting caught up in the traps of specialization and the academic complexity of interdisciplinary knowledge. The "unconfined project" is an instrument that transforms the perception of reality through the lens of architecture.


Pedro Campos Costa studied architecture at FAUP Porto (1996). He was curator of the Portuguese Official Representation at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia, presenting the project “Homeland. News from Portugal” in 2014. Pedro taught, lectured and presented at conferences in several schools across the world, and he was also an editor in different architectural magazines in Portugal and Italy. Founder and managing partner of Campos Costa Architects since 2007, winner of FAD prize 2015 and “Universities Award” by Lisbon Triennial, among others. Author of architecture projects such as Lisbon Aquarium Extension, the Ozadi Tavira Hotel, the Consulate of Portugal in Rio de Janeiro.

Think, Say and Do. Research, teach and build like the three legs of the table I lean on providing stability for my doubts and thoughts. Note. In life, as in architecture, one can spend one´s time shouting or in silence.


Héctor Fernández Elorza is an architect graduated in 1998 at ETSAM Madrid, where he obtained a PhD with the dissertation “Asplund vs. Lewerentz”, awarded with the “Premio extraordinario de la UPM”. He is Lecturing Professor in Architectural Projects at ETSAM since 2001. He has been Visiting Professor and Lecturer at several Schools of Architecture around the world, and as practicing architect he has designed and built many works, obtaining international prizes and awards. Among the others: the Auditorium and Documentation Centre of Contemporary Architecture in Madrid, awarded with the First Prize in the AR+D prize from the British Architecture Association, RIBA; the Chemical Laboratory Building and Genetic Faculty at the University of Alcalá, First Prize in the ATEG-PRIZE 2010; Venecia Park and Twin squares (Zaragoza), finalist in the Garcia Mercadal Prizes 2012. During 2009 and 2010 he has been awarded the Rome Prize by the Spanish Academy in Rome. He is currently developing Casa Mahou, the renovation of the Palace of the Duke of Infantado for de brewing company Mahou-San Miguel in Madrid. He has been coordinator of international research projects and curator of congresses and exhibitions; in 2000 and 2012 he participated at the Architecture Biennale in Venice. 

23 NOVEMBER 2018 - ROOM S.1.9 H 16:30

Four Projects for a Theoretical Construction. During the production of a work, some projects allow to reflect on theoretical questions and they provide a guide for its evolutions. Through several topics covered by the architecture firm Rotbart & Salomon, the open lecture will try to point out these privileged moments, where the meaning of the work finds new orientations and contributes to create a metamorphical architectural writing.

Laurent Salomon is an architect graduated in 1979; in 1983 he created "Architectes Associés", a group of architects mainly working on the restoration of urban suburbs. In 1988 establishes his own professional practice, working on the renovation of disadvantaged neighborhoods with several projects, widely published. Since 1995 his activity has been developing in Korea, China and Germany; he was Architecte Conseil de l’État in France from 1995 to 1999. He taught at ENSA of Paris-Belleville from 1982 to 2014, and he is right now continuing this activity at ENSA Normandie. Currently, he is invited professor at Politecnico di Milano. He was president of the Société Française des Architectes from 1992 to 1996 and from 2004 to 2008; today he is honorary president. In 2000 he associated with Judith Rotbart; together with her, he has signed several papers, given conferences and lectures in France, Germany, China, Colombia, Korea, Ecuador, Mexico, Italy, Japan, Perů, taking part to many international cultural events as Venice Architecture Biennale in 1996, Quito Architecture Biennale in 2003, Limapolis 2012 in 2012 and Shanghai Architecture Biennale in 2015.

27 NOVEMBER 2018 - ROOM B.4.3 H 16:30

Berlin was in these years in the center of a wide process of urban transformation: with the fall of the wall, the end of the separation between two Germanies and the comeback to the role of capital city, in the beginning of 90s, almost overnight, new policy goals are formulated, deeply modifying the character and the structure of the city. At first, the reconstruction of Großstadt Berlin and mainly the link between those fragments of the city which have been developing far away one from each other for about thirty years, in the East as in the West. The lecture presents three projects for strategical points in the structure of the new Berlin – the Spreeinsel, the Humboldthafen and the Potsdamer Platz – based on a way to intend the city as dialectic city, not as a single and regular entity but as a complex and discontinuous ensemble, composed of complementary elements. Applying strategies as assembling and stratification, they are aimed to the construction of the urban place, a place with a concrete and specific identity, able to find the continuity of the city in space and time. 


Stefan Vieths (Hamburg 1963), architect, is co-author of several projects and works realized by Oswald Mathias Ungers office, among the others the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf, the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne and the renovation and extension of Pergamonmuseum in Berlin. The design activity in Ungers office has nourished a theoretical research path, producing several publications as “The Dialectic City” (O.M. Ungers, S. Vieths, 1997) and “Assembled Forms” (S. Vieths, 2012). Since 2012 he is Visiting Professor in Architectural and Urban Composition at Politecnico di Milano.

30 NOVEMBER 2018 - ROOM IIIA H 16:30

Four Village Tales from China 


Kai Wang is an architectural historian whose research focuses on the intersections between history of architecture, theory and design. He received his doctoral degree in Architectural History and Theory at Tongji University in 2010 with a dissertation on The Emergence of Modern Chinese Architectural Discourse (1870-1937); in the same university he currently teaches history and theory of western architecture, architecture criticism and architecture design studios. His recent research interests focus on the history and theory of early modern architecture in China and Europe, as well as the historical evolution of architectural discourse. He is currently doing a research on the history of concepts in 20th century’s Chinese Architecture, in which methods of conceptual history and quantitative historical studies are introduced and employed. Since 2018 he is visiting professor at Politecnico di Milano, where he teaches “History of Building Construction” and “New Trends of Contemporary Architecture in China, Between Cultural Traditions and Technological Innovation”. 

4 DECEMBER 2018 - ROOM IIIC H 16:30

Giuseppe Pagano. Architecture as a Force for Social Change. Giuseppe Pagano was not just an architect, he was a fighter. He fought for Italy in WWI, he fought the traditions of the Classical world, he fought to change society with modern architecture, he fought to change people with modern ideas and he fought the Fascist regime as a member of the Resistance movement.

Associate Professor Flavia Marcello is an architectural historian at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne.  She is a world expert on the architecture and urban planning of the Italian Fascist period and has just finished a book on Giuseppe Pagano.  She teaches in the areas of design, history and theory with a particular focus on the inter-relationship between art and architecture. 

11 DECEMBER 2018 - ROOM 5.03 H 16:30

From Faux Mountains to the Technological Origins of Landscape. The lecture will present two recent research projects related to Michael Jakob’s teaching activity at Politecnico di Milano: Faux Mountains, that is our fascination with mountains both as form and as a sublime spectacle, and the technological origins of landscape, intended at the same time as landscape representation and landscape experienced.

Michael Jakob teaches History and Theory of Landscape at hepia, Geneva, and aesthetics of design at HEAD, Geneva. He is a visiting professor at Politecnico di Milano, at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio and at the GSD (Harvard). His teaching and research focus on landscape theory, aesthetics, the history of vertigo, contemporary theories of perception and the poetics of architecture. 

14 DECEMBER 2018 - ROOM AUDITORIUM, Via Pascoli, 53 - H 16:30

  • Boštjan Vuga, Planting Publicness

Do we still believe in the catalytic strength of a singular architectural object? Can we still be persuaded that an object of the architectural design can change the way we perceive the world and consequently the way we act in it, our behavior, our social interactions? How can one then approach the architectural design of that object so as to not only fulfill the contextual, programmatic and functional requirements but also to add value to the immediate surrounding? What does it mean to add value?

The added value of an architectural object is its public space or the integration of a public space into its physical space. The public character, publicness of the architectural object, defines an object’s catalytic strength to impact its physical and social context.


Boštjan Vuga studied at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana and at the AA School of Architecture in London. In 1996 he founded SADAR+VUGA architectural office along with Jurij Sadar. He has taught at the Berlage Institute Rotterdam, the IAAC Barcelona, the Faculty of Architecture Ljubljana, TU Berlin, MSA Muenster, Technischen Universitat Graz, Politecnico di Milano, Confluence School of Architecture, Lyon. He is appointed associate professor for architecture at the Faculty of Architecture in Ljubljana. He was a visiting critic at AA London, the Bauhaus Kolleg in Dessau, the ETH in Zürich, Leopold-Franzens-Univeristat Innsbruck, EIA Ecole D’ingenieurs et d’architectes Fribourg, the Academy of Visual Arts Vienna among others. He regularly lectures at architectural schools, conferences, and symposia in Slovenia and abroad. He publishes articles about current issues in architecture and urban planning. He edited several publications, among them the Plecnik 2007 issue for AB Architectural Bulletin and series of publications for TU Berlin. He participated as a co-curator at the Montenegro Pavilion, at the 14th Venice Biennale of Architecture, Venice 2014. Since 2014 he has been a president of the council of the MAO Museum of Architecture and Design of Slovenia.

  • Silja Tillner, Sites In-Between. New Interventions & Revitalization of the Existing in Vienna, Cairo and Guangzhou

Urban planning, urban design and architecture are closely interlinked and influence each other. Sites in-between are urban spaces that are left over from 20th century planning based on generous street lay-outs for individual traffic. Today, a transformation of mobility patterns has reduced the amount of space needed for streets and allows the creative reuse of these sites that are often centrally located but derelict and of unconventional shape. Urban revitalization projects in Austria, but also in Egypt and China have led to the discovery of these sites as a potential for the creation of urgently needed public open spaces and buildings. 

The projects Vienna Terrace, Skyline, Messekarree in Vienna, River Nile and Opera Square in Downtown Cairo, Pearl River in Guangzhou illustrate the potential for creative reuse of sites in-between for new open spaces and innovative buildings in a rapidly growing European metropolis, Asian and African megacities.


Silja Tillner is an architect and urban designer who enjoys working in both fields simultaneously, e.g. on large planning projects as well as carefully crafted architecture. She has been responsible for the revitalization of historic districts world-wide, careful interventions in the existing city fabric and the design of signature new buildings. She has served on several prestigious planning and design advisory boards: from 2002 to 2010 she was a member of the board of trustees of IBA Stadtumbau (Urban Redevelopment), in Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. From 2008 to 2011 she was a member of the advisory board of the City of Vienna for urban development and architecture. From 2013 to 2017 she served on the advisory board for urban planning and architecture in the new town-development “Seestadt Aspern” in Vienna. Since 2014 she serves on the Vienna Housing board.

Silja Tillner and Alfred Willinger are principals of Tillner & Willinger architects, a Vienna based firm that has specialized on urban design, housing, office buildings and the renovation of historic buildings. The office is known for sustainable design with respect for the environment and ecological issues, a wholistic design approach in the life-cycle of a project: urban design, use concepts, architectural design and detail planning. The office has won all of their building projects through competitions and received numerous awards, (for example the Bauhaus Award for exceptional achievement or the „ar+d“(architecture+design) award, the LEAF Award (Leading European Architects Forum) in the category urban revitalization and the Gold Medal at the Bienal Miami+Beach.

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