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Architecture International Lecture Series: Eva Franch i Gilabert

23 November 2016 | 6.30pm – 8pm

Battersea, Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Free, booking required.

The School of Architecture at the Royal College of Art invites you to a presentation by Eva Franch i Gilabert. Eva Franch is a New York based architect, curator, educator and lecturer of experimental forms of art and architectural practice. With Master’s degrees from ETSA Barcelona (UPC) and Princeton University, Franch specialises in the making of alternative architecture histories and futures.

Since 2010, Franch has been the Chief Curator and Executive Director of Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. In 2014 Franch, with the project OfficeUS, was selected by the US State Department to represent the United States Pavilion at the XIV Venice Architecture Biennale.

Franch has taught at Columbia University GSAPP, the IUAV University of Venice, SUNY Buffalo, and Rice University School of Architecture. In 2004, she founded her solo practice OOAA (Office of Architectural Affairs). She has received numerous awards and fellowships, and her work has been exhibited internationally including FAD Barcelona, the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Vitra Design Museum, and the Shen-zen Architecture Biennale, among others. She has curated international projects including OUT, the 2014 Arquia Proxima biennial competition, and Borders, the 2011 Think Space biennial concept competition programme.

At Storefront, some of her recent projects include World Wide Storefront – a digital platform for alternative global projects, the Competition of Competitions, and Manifesto, a new publication series in partnership with Lars Müller. Recent exhibitions includeMeasure; Letters to the Mayor; POP: Protocols, Obsessions, Positions; Aesthetics-Anesthetics; Past Futures, Present, Futures;  No Shame: Storefront for Sale; and Being. Other projects include Storefront TV, the Storefront International Series with editions in the Dominican Republic and Portugal, the commissioning of design projects such as the Speechbuster by Jimenez Lai and Grayson Cox, and the film The Architects by Amie Siegel as part of OfficeUS. 

Franch has lectured internationally on art, architecture, and the importance of alternative practices in the construction and understanding of public life at educational and cultural institutions including the Architecture Association in London, Arts Club of Chicago, Cooper Union in New York, Hong Kong University, IAAC in Barcelona, Izolatsia in Kiev, Kuwait University, Northeastern University in Boston, School of Visual Arts in New York, San Francisco Art Institute, Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam, University of Manitoba, UT Sidney, Oslo School of Architecture, Princeton University, SCI-Arc in Los Angeles, Yale University in New Haven, and the Yokohama Triennale among others.

Franch has been part of international competition juries and member of several nominating and advisory boards including the Hong Kong Design Trust, Ideas City, +Pool and the YAP PS1-MoMA in New York.

Franch’s work has appeared in the form of articles or interviews in magazines, newspapers and publications around the world including AD, Architecture Record, Architectural Review, Arquine, Bauwelt, Domus, Dwell, El Pais, New York Times, Metropolis, MOUSE, Pin-UP, Rolling Stone and Surface Magazine among others.

Recent publications by Franch include Agenda (Lars Muller, 2014) and Atlas (Lars Muller, 2015) both as part of OfficeUS. An upcoming publication, the OfficeUS Manual will be published in fall 2016.