Jose Araguez, Michael Hays, Amanda Reeser Lawrence, Bryan Norwood, Rafi Segal

The Building

For nearly fifty years “the building” has primarily been viewed as a means rather than an end within architectural history and theory. This volume presents an alternative to that trend by reconceiving it as a central discursive category in its own right. Contributors—including architects and academics from world-renowned institutions—offer insightful discussions of key architectural structures conceived in Europe, Asia, and the U.S.A. over the last three decades. In doing so they propel architectural thinking’s importance as a domain of knowledge. Further, in exploring those structures through a number of questions both intra- and meta-disciplinary, this book suggests ways in which buildings can trigger conceptual frameworks whose influence extends well beyond architecture. A balanced text-to-image ratio caters to readers in both practice and academia.

Jose Araguez, Michael Hays, Amanda Reeser Lawrence, Bryan Norwood, Rafi Segal

Moderated by Associate Professor Ana Miljacki

José Aragüez is a New York-based architect and writer. He is Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Columbia, and is currently completing a PhD in the History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton. Aragüez holds a Diploma in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Granada, Spain (Honorable Mention, University Graduation Extraordinary Prize, and 1st National Prize in Architecture), and, from Columbia’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, an MSc AAD (Honor Prize for Excellence in Design) and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Architectural Research. He has presented his work internationally across Europe, North America, and in the Middle East, and has taught at Cornell, Princeton, and the University of Granada, Spain in addition to Columbia. His first book, an edited volume titled The Building (Lars Müller Pub.), was published in November 2016.

K. Michael Hays is Eliot Noyes Professor of Architecture Theory at Harvard Graduate School of Design. His publications include Modernism and the Posthumanist Subject (MIT Press, 1992), Architecture’s Desire (MIT Press, 2009), and Architecture Theory since 1968 (MIT Press, 1998).

Bryan E. Norwood is a PhD candidate in the history and theory of architecture at Harvard University. His dissertation, entitled “The Architect’s Knowledge: Imagining the Profession’s Historical Body, 1797–1933,” investigates the conceptual and historiographical developments that accompanied the formation of university-based professional architectural education in the United States. His work has appeared in LogPhilosophical ForumHarvard Design MagazineCulture Machine, and MONU, as well as collected volumes on the work of Gilles Deleuze and Maurice Merleau-Ponty.

Amanda Reeser Lawrence is an assistant professor at the School of Architecture at Northeastern University. She holds a PhD from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, an MArch from Columbia University, and a BA Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University. Her book James Stirling: Revisionary Modernist (Yale University Press, 2013) was funded by the Graham Foundation and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Her work has also been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, and the American Institute of Architects. Her essays have appeared in Log, Architectural Theory Review, OASE, Journal of Architectural Education, and Future Anterior. A licensed architect, Lawrence is founding co-editor of the award-winning journal Praxis.

Rafi Segal is an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at MIT. His practice encompasses design and research on both the architectural and urban scale. Segal’s projects include Villa 003 of the ORDOS 100 Project, the Kitgum Peace Museum in Uganda, the Ashdod Museum of Art, and the winning proposal for the National Library of Israel in Jerusalem. His architectural work explores the relation of building to ground and contemporary notions of collective space. Segal’s books—such as Cities of Dispersal, co-ed (Wiley, 2008); and A Civilian Occupation, co-ed (Verso, 2003)—as well as his contributions to other publications and exhibitions like Territories: Islands, Camps and Other States of Utopia (Walther König, 2003) have been extremely influential in the social-political discourse of contemporary urbanism. Segal received his PhD from Princeton University, and his MSc and BArch from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.