Harvard academic visits to lecture on our Engineering Building

Posted by rmt22 at Apr 10, 2018 10:30 AM |
The University played host this week to a Harvard academic and a number of Master’s in Architecture at Harvard students, who have been studying our Engineering building.
Harvard academic visits to lecture on our Engineering Building

Irénée and the visiting students in the Engineering Building

The visit also included a lecture, which was led by Irénée Scalbert, who is an architecture critic and historian based in London, and a Visiting Professor/Lecturer in various schools of architecture, including Harvard, where he leads the Harvard University Graduate School of Design London Study Abroad Seminar: Architecture after Neoliberalism.

Irénée was responsible for the first historical appraisal of the work of James Stirling, who alongside James Gowan designed our Engineering Building, and sometimes lectures on the building. The lecture was held in the Department of Engineering, and also included a tour of the building, which Irénée had not visited for more than 10 years.

Chris Shaw, Assistant Director of Development and Alumni Relations said: "Irénée gave a fascinating talk about the history of the University's Engineering Building. He had personally interviewed James Gowan and Sir Edward Parkes in 1992 as part of a study piece he was undertaking. This offered up some very personal and remarkable insights, especially the way that Stirling and Gowan collaborated on the design of the building."

Irénée said: “For me personally, it was wonderful to see the building again – I had not been since 2007, and to see the refurbishment of the roof which struck me as very successful: a difficult job done very well. It will also be clear from the photograph that the students were delighted and were inspired by their visit.”

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