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RCA talks

Architecture Talk: Christian Kerez

30 September 2016 | 6pm – 8pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre


The School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art was pleased to host a a presentation by world-renowned architect Christian Kerez.

In the last decade, Kerez has produced a series of exceptionally important projects that are distinguished by an innovative approach to structure and its consequences for spatial organisation. From radical small-scale investigations such as the Apartment Building on Forsterstrasse, to the House with One Wall, to larger scale projects such as the renowned Leutschenbach School, or the extraordinary Zhengzhou Ultra Highrise Project 2, Kerez’s projects push technical, spatial and structural possibilities to their absolute limit. With new projects in France, the Czech Republic, Brazil and China, this growing body of work is being recognised as one of the most important and innovative in contemporary architecture. 

More recently, his cavernous installation for the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 titled ‘Incidental Space’ showcased a number of advanced design technologies including 3D scanning and large-scale 3D printing to spectacular effect.

Christian Kerez is one of seven shortlisted practices for the RCA’s Battersea South competition. He is a Professor at ETH Zurich and has taught at Harvard University, where he held the prestigious Kenzo Tange Chair from 2012–13. 

Future talks in the series:

Ascan Mergenthaler, Herzog & de Meuron: Monday 3 October, 11am
Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang: Monday 3 October, 6.30pm
Christopher Lee, Serie Architects: Thursday 6 October, 4pm
Charles Renfro, Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Thursday 6 October, 6.30pm
Jean Philippe Vassal, Lacaton & Vassal: Monday 10 October, 6.30pm
Paul Robbrecht and Johannes Robbrecht, Robbrecht en Daem: Thursday 13 October, 6.30pm