Sophie Read

A Lecture on the Architectural Lecture

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Monday 19 October 2015
Time: 18:00
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 0 mins

What is the significance of the lecture as a medium of architecture? What has been its role in the showing and telling of drawings and objects and in the transmission of architectural knowledge? As Adrian Forty puts it in a recent article, ‘although we can read the texts’ of lectures delivered by past architects, often ‘we have little idea how they were per- formed...yet performances they were, in a craft that has long been cultivated by architects, and which they continue to cultivate.’ (Journal of Architectural Education, 2015: 124). In pursuing this ‘craft’, this talk will explore some of the above questions using examples of architectural lectures from the eighteenth century onwards.

Sophie Read is a writer and researcher. She is interested in architectural history as a form of performance practice, and in relationships between the drawn, written, built, spoken, performed and archival. Sophie is currently doing a PhD at the Bartlett, examining lectures that John Soane delivered at the Royal Institution in 1817 and 1820. She studied architectural history at the Bartlett (2009-2010) and drawing at Camberwell College of Art (2003-2007), and currently teaches at UCL.

Image: Toyo Ito Lecture at GSD - Harvard University, 2012. Credit: Lian Chang. 

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