Wiel Arets Architects, Regiocentrale Zuid, Maasbracht, The Netherlands, 2014.

CANCELED: Harris Armstrong Fund Lecture: Wiel Arets

April 20, 2020
5:30p Reception, 6p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

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Dutch architect Wiel Arets, founding director of Wiel Arets Architects and a professor of architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, will deliver the annual Harris Armstrong Fund Lecture as part of the Sam Fox School's Public Lecture Series.

Arets' critical thinking and intense interest in physics, philosophy, cinema, literature, and the human condition informs every level of his life and work. He established Wiel Arets Architects (WAA) in 1983, the same year he first visited Japan—the topic around which this book is organized. During his studies at the Technical University of Eindhoven, his MSc thesis explored the idea of "The Architecture of Freedom." While teaching as the Diplom Unit One Master at the AA London, "Void" was the focus of the research. Thereafter, at Columbia University and the Cooper Union New York, his research centered on the theme "Virological Architecture." During 2004-2012, as professor of building planning and design at the Berlin University of the Arts, he focused "Studio Arets" on "A Wonderful World: A New Map of the World." From 2012-2017, as dean of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago–where his approach was "Nowness," the school was structured around the idea of "Rethinking Metropolis." He remains a tenured architecture professor at IIT.

Wiel Arets Architects is organized around the core principle of making. With its globally renowned built oeuvre, which is widely published, it has, from its onset, concentrated on the making of architecture, urbanism, research, books, and industrial design.