Economy 6-8 July 2011

Oikonomia - Women at Home (Greek Pyxis - © The Trustees of the British Museum)

Keynote Speakers' Biographies

Owen Hatherley is a journalist and researcher in Political Aesthetics at Birkbeck College, London. He has written for Blueprint, Building Design, Cabinet, Frieze, Icon, the Guardian, the New Statesman and The Wire, and has had academic articles published in Collapse, Historical Materialism, the New Left Review and Radical Philosophy. His work appears in the edited anthologies Mark E Smith and The Fall - Art, Music and Politics and The Resistible Demise of Michael Jackson. He is the author of Militant Modernism (Zero, 2009) and A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain (Verso, 2010).

David Leatherbarrow is Professor of Architecture, Associate Dean, and Chair of the Graduate Group in Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania. He has taught design at the Polytechnic of Central London and the University of Cambridge and now lectures and teaches extensively at universities in the USA, Europe, the Middle East, and South America. We are happy that he has joined us at the WSA as a visiting fellow, first in 2009 and again this academic year. David Leatherbarrow's recent books include Topographical Stories (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004); Architecture Oriented Otherwise (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2009), and with Mohsen Mostafavi, Surface Architecture (Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2002) and On Weathering (Cambridge, Mass : MIT Press, 1993).  His forthcoming book, tentatively called Building Time, addresses the topics such as spatial movement, cultural history, and environmental change in consideration of recent buildings, gardens, and urban designs.

Simon Sadler is Professor of Architectural and Urban History and Chancellor’s Fellow at UC Davis. His research concentrates on the ideological contexts of modern and contemporary architecture and urban design. His publications include three books, Archigram: Architecture without Architecture (MIT Press, 2005), The Situationist City (MIT Press, 1998) and Non-Plan: Essays on Freedom, Participation and Change in Modern Architecture and Urbanism (edited with Jonathan Hughes; Architectural Press, 2000). He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Architectural Education and the advisory board of the California edition of The Architect’s Newspaper.

Flora Samuel is an architect and teacher who has published extensively on the subject of Le Corbusier. The twin issues of value and taste in architecture have also been a long term interest. She is Professor and Head of School at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture.

Jonathan Sergison was born in 1964 at St. Asaph, Wales.

In 1996 he established Sergison Bates architects with Stephen Bates. The practice is involved in a variety of projects at different scales, ranging from urban planning to public buildings and housing in the UK and abroad. In 2006 they were awarded the Heinrich Tessenow and the Erich Schelling Medals for Architecture, and two of their buildings won RIBA Awards in 2009.

Having taught at a number of prestigious schools of architecture, including the Architectural Association in London, ETH in Zurich and EPFL in Lausanne, Jonathan Sergison is currently Professor of Architectural Design at the Accademia di Architettura at Mendrisio, Switzerland.

In addition to his academic commitments, he lectures in the UK and abroad and has written extensively on architecture.

Christine Stevenson began teaching at The Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, in 2002, after ten years as a lecturer at the University of Reading. She is the author of the standard work on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century British hospitals and asylums, Medicine and Magnificence (Yale University Press, 2000), and has published numerous articles and review essays about this and other subjects, including Danish architecture and industrial design. Underpinned as it is by the conviction that architecture and its practices provide key metaphors around which European societies have fashioned their political and economic mythologies since the seventeenth century, her work is notably interdisciplinary. She is now completing a book about the politicization of architecture in the seventeenth-century City of London; other projects centre on the uses of the body, and the fragment, in seventeenth- and twentieth-century perceptions of architectural destruction.

Jeremy Till is an architect and educator. He was appointed as Dean of Architecture and the Built Environment at the University of Westminster in 2008, moving from the University of Sheffield where he was Professor of Architecture and Head of the School of Architecture. His extensive written work includes Architecture and Participation and Flexible Housing (with Tatjana Schneider), which was winner of the 2007 RIBA President’s Award for Research. His most recent book, Architecture Depends (MIT Press 2009), has been widely reviewed and discussed. It was also awarded the RIBA President’s Award for Research, making Jeremy the only person to receive this prestigious award twice. His most recent book, Spatial Agency, with Nishat Awan and Tatjana Schneider, will be published by Routledge in early 2011, with an accompanying website: http://spatialagency.net/ . He is currently leading a major EU research project on scarcity and creativity in the built environment. As an architect, he worked with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects best known for their pioneering building, 9 Stock Orchard Street (The Straw House and Quilted Office), which has received extensive international acclaim and multiple awards. In 2006 he curated the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.