This is an open lecture: all are welcome to attend.

The relationship between structural form and natural force allowed medieval master builders to construct spaces that still inspire awe today, many of which would be difficult to recreate. But with an understanding of antique knowledge, traditional construction, and contemporary computation we can once again explore the form and structure of centuries ago in contemporary architecture and engineering. Combining historic wisdom with the latest natural material technology offers the promise of novel and sustainable building solutions. Michael Ramage will discuss new developments from his research at Cambridge and his practice Light Earth Designs that draw on learning from traditions for contemporary sustainable architecture and engineering.

Michael Ramage is an architectural engineer and Senior Lecturer in the Cambridge University Department of Architecture, a fellow of Sidney Sussex College, and a founding partner of Light Earth Designs. He studied architecture at MIT, and worked for Conzett Bronzini Gartmann in Switzerland prior to teaching at Cambridge. His current research is focused on developing low-energy structural materials and systems in masonry, better housing in the developing world and improved engineered timber and bamboo through natural material innovation. He teaches, researches and designs buildings, and receives research funding from the Leverhulme Trust, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Royal Society, the British Academy, and industry.

For further details contact Will McLean or Pete Silver, [email protected]

Full List of Technical Studies Open Lectures Autumn Term 2015–16

  • Thursday 8 October, 6.30pm – Michael Ramage – University of Cambridge
  • Thurdsay 15 October, 6.30pm – Prof William Alsop – ALL DESIGN
  • Thursday 22 October, 6.30pm – Sang Hoon Kim – Populous
  • Thursday 29 October, 6.30pm – Theodore Spyropoulous – Director of Minimaforms & AADRL
  • Thursday 5 November, 6.30pm – Esther Rivas Adrover
  • Thursday 19 November, 6.30pm – Johannes Torpe – Creative Director for Bang & Olufsen
  • Thursday 3 December, 6.30pm – Gerry O'Brien – AKT II Engineers
  • Thursday 10 December, 6.30pm – Peter Barber – Peter Barber Architects
  • Thursday 17 Decemver, 6.30pm – Andrew Watts – Newtecnic