Dean's Lecture Series - Lisa Iwamoto


Online - ABP Zoom Webinar

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"Across Scales” describes the work of IwamotoScott Architecture. Lisa will discuss how the practice looks at intersections among one-to one scaled installations, interiors, buildings, and speculative projects, and the conceptual themes that bind them. These themes touch upon spatial principles as well as material explorations.

For example, In Michael Heizer’s “Double Negative” from 1969, two voids: one, the edge of an existing canyon; the other, a machine-made cut, intersect to infer a third – the double negative. This artwork and the wider spatial implications of the double negative serve as touchstones for IwamotoScott’s work in an attempt to privilege the design of void and volume over syntax and surface.

Unlike earthwork sculpture however, architecture cannot rely upon the mere act of digging to unveil the magical and unified confluence of form, site, space and material. Instead, the firm’s work grapples with how to create resonance, abstraction and multiple readings using formal geometry and common building materials assembled in innovative ways. This has become a pervasive question to try to achieve a unique design synthesis across multiple scales.

Lisa Iwamoto will discuss this work, currently in a moment of transition from installations and speculative proposals toward building.

Lisa Iwamoto

Lisa Iwamoto received her Master of Architecture degree with Distinction from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Colorado. She has previously worked as a Structural Engineer at Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco, and Architectural Designer at Schwartz Silver Architects, and Thompson and Rose in Boston, and Architectural Intern at Morphosis in Santa Monica. She is currently Professor of Architecture at the University of California Berkeley, where she was named the inaugural Doris and Clarence Malo Collegium Teaching Chair in Design, and where her design research concentrates on the perceptual performance of material and digital fabrication techniques. She has taught previously at the University of Michigan where she was a Muschenheim Fellow, Harvard University, Cornell University, Sydney University and Southern California Institute of Architecture.


Date: Tuesday 20 April 2021
Time: 10:30 - 12:00 AEDT* Melbourne (UTC +11)
Venue: Online - ABP Zoom Webinar
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* London: Tuesday 20 April 2021, 01:30 - 03:00; BST
* Singapore: Tuesday 20 April 2021, 08:30 - 10:00; SGT
* Dubai: Tuesday 20 April 2021, 16:30 - 18:00; GST
* Jakarta: Tuesday 20 April 2021, 07:30 - 09:00;WIB
* New York: Monday 19 April 2021, 08:30 - 10:00; EDT
* Los Angeles: Monday 19 April 2021, 05:30 - 07:00; PDT

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