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SCI-Arc Announces Spring 2019 Public Lectures and Exhibitions

SCI-Arc is pleased to continue its commitment to maintaining a robust platform for interdisciplinary thinkers with its spring 2019 series of public events. The SCI-Arc public lectures coming this spring introduce speakers from a broad cross-section of cultural practices, including multimedia artist and publisher Martine Syms, SCI-Arc Graduate Programs Chair Elena Manferdini, and Madrid-based architect and theorist Izaskun Chinchilla, as well as one of SCI-Arc's original founders, Thom Mayne, who recently returned to SCI-Arc as full-time distinguished faculty, taking over the coordination of SCI-Arc EDGE's postgraduate Design of Cities program.

Sciarc spring 2019 lecturers portraits
Clockwise from top left: Valerio Olgiati, Alexandra Leykauf, Martine Syms, Bob Sheil, Barbara Imhof, Peter Noever, Izaskun Chinchilla, Thom Mayne, Catherine Johnson and Rebecca Rudolph and Elena Manferdini

The public lecture series is complemented by several exhibitions, including Obsessions in Focus: Confrontations, Experiences, and Glowing Friendships, curated by renowned Austrian designer, ausstellungsmacher and curator-at-large Peter Noever and featuring manifestos on Raimund Abraham, Vito Acconci, Zaha Hadid and James Turrell, among others, playing out a festival of revolving individual positions on contemporary art and architecture.

SCI-Arc’s annual Spring Show, highlighting the most compelling student projects of the year, will open to the public on April 28, 2019. A special exhibition preview on April 27 will coincide with Main Event 2019, SCI-Arc’s annual celebration which raises funds for the School’s Scholarship Endowment.

Admission to SCI-Arc-hosted public events and exhibitions is always free and open to the public.

  • January 30 Valerio Olgiati Lecture
  • February 4 Book Launch & Exhibition Opening with Kristy Balliet, Kelly Bair and Sylvia Lavin
  • February 6 Alexandra Leykauf Lecture
  • February 13 Barbara Imhof Lecture
  • February 20 Bob Sheil Lecture
  • March 6 Martine Syms Lecture
  • March 13 Elena Manferdini Lecture
  • March 15 Fear & Wonder Symposium
  • March 20 Thom Mayne Lecture
  • March 27 Design, Bitches: Catherine Johnson & Rebecca Rudolph Lecture
  • April 3 Izaskun Chinchilla Lecture
  • April 5 Obsessions in Focus Exhibition Opening
  • April 27 Spring Show Exhibition Preview with Main Event 2019

Visit for more information about upcoming lectures. All events begin at 7pm unless otherwise noted. Lectures take place in the W. M. Keck Lecture Hall and are broadcast on SCI-Arc’s Facebook page. Gallery opening receptions are held in the SCI-Arc Gallery and Kappe Library Gallery spaces.

speakers presenting during the spring 2019 lecture series