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Increasing specialisation within the profession of architecture and limited resources make partnerships across disciplines and fields of expertise inevitable for practicing architects. How can alliances ease the path for a common vision? Can they themselves be the legacy of a project? The discussion will explore forms of of non-monetary exchange, common values and trust.
Through a series of conversations, Critical Practice brings together leading European architectural practitioners that through their projects and attitudes challenge the conventions of contemporary practice, to examine and rethink relationships between the profession and the network of actors and conditions surrounding it.
The series is organised and chaired by AA Diploma students Love Di Marco, Tobias Hentzer Dausgaard and AA Part 1 graduate Arya Arabshahi.
Freek Persyn graduated in 1997 from the Sint Lucas School of Architecture in Brussels. Very soon after graduating he co-founded 51N4E, a Brussels-based international practice that contributes, through means of design, to social and urban transformation. Parallel to his activities at 51N4E, he has been performing in international academia.
Arno Brandlhuber works as an architect and urban planner in Berlin. In 1992 he started his first practice in Cologne, where he realised numerous projects including the Neanderthal Museum, Kölner Brett and Crystal. Since 2006 he runs his collaborative architectural practice brandlhuber+. With his recent projects Brunnenstrasse 9 and Antivilla he gained a wider audience. In addition to his building practice, Brandlhuber uses publications and exhibitions to create a dialogue between building and theory. Arno Brandlhuber holds a professorship at the ETH Zurich.
Pooja Agrawal is Co-founder of Public Practice, and works in the GLA Regeneration Team, overseeing strategy, policy and projects in North West London. She previously worked at Publica and We Made That. Pooja is a trustee of the Museum of Architecture, member of DSE Review Panel, a mentor at the Stephen Lawrence Trust, a Fellow at the Institute of Innovation & Public Purpose, and an advocate for diversity in the built environment sector. She was nominated for the Planner’s Woman of Influence 2018.
Finn Williams is Co-founder and CEO of Public Practice. He previously worked for OMA, General Public Agency, Croydon Council, and the GLA. Finn sits on the Raynsford Review Task Force, PAS Board, RIBA Planning Group, and the ‘Working in the Public Interest’ Advisory Group. He is a Visiting Professor at the Institute of Innovation & Public Purpose, a tutor at the RCA, and was co-curator of the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale.
Image credit: Alien montage of the Superstudio group in A.D. 1971, by Adrian George.
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