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RCA talks

Architecture Talk: Ascan Mergenthaler (Herzog & de Meuron)

3 October 2016 | 11am – 1pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

The School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art invites you to a presentation by Ascan Mergenthaler of world-renowned architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron. From iconic early projects such as the Ricola Storage Building Laufen, the  Signal Box Auf Dem Wolf and the Eberswalde Technical School Library Herzog & de Meuron have established themselves as one of the most innovative and important practices in the field. An international team of about 40 Associates and 380 collaborators is working on projects across Europe, the Americas and Asia. The firm‘s main office is in Basel with additional offices in Hamburg, London, New York City, and Hong Kong. Recent work such as the  M+ Hong Kong, the Blavatnik School of Government, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux and of course the New Tate Modern continue this legacy of experimentation.

Herzog & de Meuron is a partnership led by Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron together with three Senior Partners – Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler and Stefan Marbach. The practice has been awarded numerous prizes including The Pritzker Architecture Prize (USA) in 2001, the RIBA Royal Gold Medal (UK) and the Praemium Imperiale (Japan), both in 2007. In 2014, Herzog & de Meuron were awarded the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP).Herzog & de Meuron is one of seven shortlisted practices for the RCA’s Battersea South competition. Both founding partners have been visiting professors of the Harvard Graduate School of Design since 1994 and professors at ETH Zürich since 1999.

Talks in the series:

Christian Kerez, Friday 30 September, 6pm
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