Francisco González de Canales and Nuria Álvarez Lombardero

New Formalism. Canales Lombardero

Series: Tutor Lectures
Date: Tuesday 21 February 2017
Time: 18:30
Venue: Lecture Hall
Running time: 74 mins

In one of his most celebrated lectures at Harvard University, the political theorist, Robert Mangabeira Ungers identified seven different categories of formalism in legal theory. Through an intricate and expansive process of classification involving different ideological, philosophical and cultural assumptions, Ungers defines in detail an entire repertoire of form in which one could position him or herself in. Surprisingly, the fact that the discipline of architecture, one long involved in the manipulation of form, still remains in an overly simplistic and often-despised realm of formalism is rather unsettling. 

In this lecture, Canales Lombardero showcases more than a decade of professional work investigating form as a precondition to both programme and context. Rooted firmly in professional experience, form is not only understood as an architectural entelechy, but when built, it transforms into a means by which regulations, typological and compositional arrangements, limits between the technological and the artisanal, and the other mundane realities of construction can be scrutinized and questioned.

Canales Lombardero is an office of architecture and urbanism founded in 2003 by Francisco González de Canales and Nuria Álvarez Lombardero in Seville (Spain) and London (UK). Francisco studied architecture at ETSA Seville, ETSA Barcelona and Harvard University, and worked for Foster + Partners and Rafael Moneo. Nuria studied architecture and urbanism at ETSA Madrid and the AA and worked for Machado & Silvetti. Canales Lombardero works have won different awards and being published and exhibited around the world. Both have taught Intermediate unit 8 at the AA since 2009.

Image: Priego Lagares house, Cordoba, 2010

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The Architectural Association receives Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Lords of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.

The Architectural Association (AA), the oldest independent school of architecture in the United Kingdom, is pleased to announce that it has been granted the power to award its own degrees. As of 1 October 2019, the AA has the right to establish new academic programmes and degree awards and is working to create some of the world’s most pioneering courses in architecture to shape and build the future.

Taught Degree Awarding Powers (TDAP) give UK higher education institutions the right to award bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Prospective students worldwide can apply to the AA Foundation Course (Foundation Diploma), Experimental Programme BA(Hons), Diploma Programme (MArch), and nine taught postgraduate programmes encompassing History and Critical Thinking in Architecture (MA), Projective Cities (Taught MPhil) and Sustainable Environmental Design (MSc/MArch), amongst others.

AA Director, Eva Franch said, ‘since our founding in 1847 we have never ceased to create new horizons, institutionally and academically. This is a significant milestone for the AA and demonstrates how we have grown and progressed as an institution that has always valued independence. Receiving TDAP marks a new era for our institution; these are exciting times for the AA. The process has required considerable work from all members of staff and students. I would like to take this opportunity to credit them for this major achievement’.

President of the AA Council, Victoria Thornton added, ‘the TDAP process has recognised our strong governance, academic standards, scholarship and teaching as well as the environment supporting the delivery of taught higher education programmes’.

The School’s application for Taught Degree Awarding Powers was supported by the Architects Registration Board, the Royal Institute of British Architects and The Open University.