Reinier de Graaf

The Complex Nature of a Simple Profession

Series: Evening Lecture
Date: Thursday 19 January 2017
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 80 mins

Architecture is often viewed as an elevated art form. This talk marks a departure: not about works of architecture, but about working as an architect. Larger reflections on the notion of architecture interspersed with tragicomic anecdotes from the ‘field’ serve to debunk successive misconceptions looming over our profession, including that of ‘success’ itself. Serving the same powers it strives to critique, architecture is condemned to a perpetual conflict of interest, embroiled in a world of which it is forever unclear who drives it and in which success seems impossible to define – a candid account of architecture in the 21st Century.

Reinier de Graaf is a partner at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), where he heads the work of its think tank AMO, leading various projects to demonstrate the wider relevance of architectural thinking beyond building. De Graaf is currently working on his forthcoming book: ‘Four Walls and a Roof’.

Image: Photograph by Adrienne Norman, Courtesy of OMA

All lectures are open to members of the public, staff and students unless otherwise stated.

July 2019
Su M Tu W Th F Sa


AA Photo Library has DVD copies of Public Programme lectures dating back to 1974


Online Lectures
Lecture Archive



For any issues with video playback please contact
AA Digital Platforms

The Architectural Association, Inc. is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (No.171402) and registered as a charity (No. 311083). Registered office: 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES, 020 7887 4000

Click here to read the AA’s latest review report.

Click here to read the AA’s latest action plan.