MSD Public Lecture: Material Anthropology

Material Anthropology

Online - Zoom webinar

  • Public lecture

About this event

In this lecture, Takeshi Hayatsu will discuss his ongoing material research projects through his teaching and practice. Hayatsu Architects are interested in developing architecture that is fantastic, intuitive, empathetic, and polyphonic; one that derives meaning from more than one source and plays with ritual and mysticism in contemporary culture. Like Robinson Crusoe on his tropical island, their approach is improvisational and hands-on. They promote hand drawings, physical model making, 1:1 prototype testing and self-build.

This lecture will be moderated by Nancy Ji, Lecturer in Architectural Design at the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne.

About the speaker

Takeshi Hayatsu is a Japanese architect based in London. Takeshi studied architecture at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and Architectural Association in London. He worked for David Chipperfield Architects, Haworth Tompkins, and 6a architects before establishing Hayatsu Architects in 2017.

Alongside his practice, he teaches an MArch unit in Kingston School of Art as a Senior Lecturer. He also conducts annual summer schools in Japan and the UK with Grizedale Arts. He is a member of the Design Review Panel at Harrow Council and an external examiner for the postgraduate architecture course at the University of Westminster.

Images courtesy of Hayatsu Architects.