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Public Lecture Series

Artist Ai Weiwei takes a selfie with a few attendees at his exhibition opening. Everyone is gathered outside, in front of the green park area outside the Kemper Art Museum; other onlookers and patrons mingle.
Ai Weiwei met—and took selfies—with those in attendance at the opening of his exhibition at the Kemper Art Museum in fall 2019. Photo: Virginia Harold/Washington University.
Each semester, the Sam Fox School brings nationally and internationally recognized architects, artists, designers, landscape architects, urban designers, historians, and critics to campus, promoting new ideas in practice, theory, and technology. Invited speakers often interact with students during workshops and informal gatherings, in addition to participating in studio visits, where they conduct one-on-one reviews of work.

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Recent Lecture Series Events

Check out some of our most recent Public Lecture Series events. In cases where a recording of the lecture is publicly available, you will find it on the event page. You can also visit the Sam Fox School YouTube channel for archival recordings.
Notable Past Speakers
Laylah Ali, Gabriel Asfour, Dave Hullfish Bailey, Sandra Barclay & Jean Pierre Crousse, Reinhard Bek, Xu Bing, Maggie Breslin, Gaby Brink, Chris Buzelli, Michael Ray Charles, Seymour Chwast, Huey Copeland, Dennis Crompton, John Curley, Jan De Vylder, Odile Decq, Mark Dion, Keetra Dean Dixon, Catherine Dossin, Susannah Drake, Sam Durant, Peter Eisenman, Douglas Farr, Yvonne Farrell, Lisa D. Freiman, Tom Friedman, Coco Fusco, Thomas W. Gaehtgens, Jeanne Gang, Rob Giampietro, Patrick Gmür, Michelle Grabner, Ann Hamilton, Pablo Helguera, Andres L. Hernandez & Amanda Williams, Candice Hopkins, Kevin Huizenga, Georgina Huljich, David Humphrey, Junga Ishigami, Alfredo Jaar, Sharon Johnston, Michael Joo, Kengo Kuma, Bijoy Jain, Natasha Jen, William Kentridge, Sylvia Koblowski, Erica Kochi, Jon Kolko, Erik L'Heureux, Tom Leader, Ruby Lerner, David Leven & Stella Betts, Daniel Liebskind, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Thom Mayne, V. Mitch McEwen, Mary McLeod, Achim Menges, Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky), Rafael Moneo, Richard Murphy, Wangechi Mutu, Joan Ockman, Lorcan O'Herlihy, Trevor Paglen, Jaume Plensa, Monica Ponce de Leon, John Douglas Powers, Jesse Reiser & Nanako Umemoto, Shelley Rice, Julian Rosefeldt, Ralph Rucci, Tomás Saraceno, Nasrine Seraji, Lola Sheppard, Wang Shu, Duane Slick, Christpher Sperandio, Vesper Stamper, Brett Steele, Martino Stierli, Michael Taylor, Nader Tehrani, Jan Tumlir, Gunther Vogt, Carrie Mae Weems, Tod Williams & Billie Tsien, Kyle T. Webster, Ai Weiwei, Thomas Woltz, John Yang, and Peter Yost.