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Architecture Lecture

These tips are a summary from an interview with former Professor Keith Diaz Moore from the School of Architecture and Planning. 

What to Expect
Lectures are normally about an hour long followed by a time for audience questions. In general, most architecture lectures should be pretty understandable to the general public. Titles are a good giveaway; if the title is clear, then the speaker is probably going to be clear in the presentation.
Pre-Event Tips
Google search the particular architect who will be speaking. Visit any relevant websites and take a look at some of the architect’s projects. The architect will try and organize those things by theme, which will likely be reinforced in the lecture.
Lingo Loop

You may hear the speaker reference “composition” or “transformation” during the lecture.

  • Composition: The arrangement of the parts of a building in relation to each other and to the whole.
  • You can learn more about elements and principles of design in general and how they work together to create composition by watching this YouTube video».
  • Transformation: “In the end, if you think about architecture, it is a reallocation of natural resources to create a habitat. And so we’re taking a site that might have nothing on it, or perhaps we’re tearing a building down, but we’re transforming it in some way. So that theme will occur quite often in architecture.” -Professor Keith Diaz Moore, Architecture
Tips for Asking Questions
Ask a project based question or a theme-based question:
  • Architects will often be focused on explaining a project, so if there’s a very specific question about a project or a point that wasn’t clear, that would be a good question.
  • There are always several running themes that the architect is always trying to hit, and if you can relate your question to one of those themes, then they’re going to be able to engage that.
Tips for Making Connections
  • As the architect is describing a space, imagine the experience of being in that space. Is there a lot of natural light? Is it warm and inviting or does it seem shadowy and cool?
  • Mentally compare and contrast the buildings from the lecture with spaces you have personally experienced.
Final Thoughts
  • Architecture is around us all the time. Learning about architecture is useful because at some point you may be a client, so why not be more informed about it?
  • Additionally, you are always a user, and so perhaps you might better understand how your workspace, how your living space, was designed if you can see what an architect was intending to do with it.
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