Man working with wood

Speaker

Dr Carmen Rist-Stadelmann (Universität Liechtenstein)

About this event

This event is free and open to all but you will need to email the organiser at to secure your place.

Materials influence the design and outward appearance of our built architecture. Therefore it is important to perceive of material as a whole, as a unity of form and construction, and to make it understandable as a driving force, as the origin of form and construction in the design process.

But how do we offer our students a way to understand the meaning of these aspects? To achieve this, the tectonic discourse, promoting a sensitivity for the material, in short, about generating a sense of joy in and curiosity about the interaction between material, its design and construction, that is, the symbiosis between art and technology in the design and realization. The cultivation of working with materials at full (1:1) scale in the University of Liechtenstein during the past ten years has been an attempt to contribute to the tectonic discourse in combination of different materials in the teaching of architecture in Europe.

Carmen Rist-Stadelmann graduated in Architecture from the Technical University Vienna, Austria and received her PhD from the same university in 2015. During her studies, she was an exchange student at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She has practiced professionally in Austria and Malaysia and is currently a senior lecturer at the Institute of Architecture and Planning at the University of Liechtenstein. She runs design studios at undergraduate level and her current research project “Hands-on: An added value for teaching in architecture” focuses on building on a scale of 1:1 with students and professionals as part of their architectural education. Her publication “Crafting the façade: stone, brick, wood”, published by the Swiss publisher park books in 2018, presents the findings of an interdisciplinary design process with the materials stone, brick and wood, which was funded by the European Commission and carried out by three European architectural schools.

Her current teaching project, also funded by the European Commission and titled “Wood: Structure and expression”, focuses on the tectonic method for connecting wooden joints to a structure on a scale 1:1. The course is run in cooperation with the industry and three European architectural schools and its results will be completed and published in 2020.

Location

Robin Evans Room (M416), School of Architecture & Cities
University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
London
NW1 5LS

For lecture details contact Will McLean

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