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Meeting Architecture II

Architecture and the Creative Process II (201415)

Programme of lectures and study-exhibitions

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Meeting Architecture, the British School at Rome’s  programme curated by Marina Engel (Rome Fellow in Architecture), will continue to analyse the relationship and cross-over between architecture and some of the other creative processes in a series of lectures and study exhibitions by leading figures in architecture , art and film.


Photo: Daniela Pellegrini

Photo: Daniela Pellegrini

Once again, Meeting Architecture will examine some of the convergences and the divergences between the disciplines in sources of inspiration, working methods and aims, and attempt to understand how the creative process of one calling can help to develop the practice of another: both themes are extremely relevant to the multi-disciplinary nature of the British School at Rome.

Architecture and art are two of the most closely entwined disciplines both historically and in a contemporary context, and this year we shall focus more closely on this association. Successful collaborations between the two disciplines are rare and in most cases artists are invited to decorate architects’ buildings; to quote the artist Richard Deacon:  “I have worked with a lot of architects and I have a pretty healthy suspicion of them”. However, he refers to his work with the British architect Eric Parry as being completely different, and Deacon and Parry will, for the first time, present the work they have done together over the years and concentrate on how and why they have collaborated so successfully.


Photo: Daniela Pellegrini

Photo: Daniela Pellegrini


What are the boundaries between architecture and art? Architectural structures have been one of the concerns of the German artist, Thomas Schutte , who has been producing architectural models over many decades and has recently started to develop some of these into actual houses. The Italian artist, Alfredo Pirri, has worked on the border between art and architecture in numerous site-specific installations, and has also been involved in several projects with architects. The two will present their work and discuss their relationship to architecture.

Often overlooked is the relationship between architecture and scenography. And yet, a large number of scenographers have studied architecture including Sir Ken Adams, the designer of scenes in many James Bond films among others. One of the leading protagonists in this field, the Italian, Dante Ferretti, will discuss the architecture in his work and the creation of fictional worlds for many of cinema’s most memorable films.

Architectural historians Jean-Louis Cohen and Wouter Vanstiphout will develop the notion of the trans-disciplinary nature of architecture. Cohen will talk about creativity in British war time architecture , focussing on architecture and its connection to a number of disciplines ranging from art to science and sociology. Finally Vanstiphout will investigate the often neglected political role of architecture today in the light of its long association with state and corporate power.


Photo: Daniela Pellegrini

Photo: Daniela Pellegrini


We would very much like to thank our sponsors who have made this programme possible: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, the Bryan Guinness Charitable Trust, the Cochemé Charitable Trust, the John S Cohen Foundation and Wilkinson Eyre.


Marina Engel

Curator Architecture Programme

British School at Rome

In partnership with : Royal College of Art

In collaboration with : French Academy , Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands,

With the support of : The Bryan Guinness Charitable Trust , The Cochemé Charitable Trust ,  The John S. Cohen Foundation ,  Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, Wilkinson Eyre

Media partners : Architectural Review, Domus, Exibart

Press Office : Chiara Valentini


For further information and comments, please contact  the architecture programme curator, Marina Engel.


4 May 2015

Alfredo Pirri & Thomas Schütte


Press Release

Comunicato Stampa

Video of the Lecture

Press reviews: Exibart, Inside Art, Art a Part of Cult(ure), D’ars Magazine, AD Italia


17 February 2015

Wouter Vanstiphout

A Clockwork Jerusalem: architecture, politics, riots and the belief in a better world

Press release

Comunicato stampa

Video of Lecture

Press reviews: Artribune, Exibart


17 December 2014

Jean-Louis Cohen

War as a creative force: British architecture 1939-45

Press Release

Comunicato Stampa

Video of Lecture

Press reviews: ArtribuneDomus, Exibart


13 October 2014

Richard Deacon & Eric Parry

3 – 2 =1: Bridge, Bangle & Cornice

Press Release

Comunicato Stampa

Video of Lecture

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Press Reviews: Building Design,Exibart

Where’s Art: Interview with Richard Deacon