Questioning the Canon: Lunchtime Conversations, Week 1
In conjunction with Waterloo Architecture’s 50th Anniversary lecture series and exhibition, several student initiatives will be hosting a lunchtime conversation series at the Design at Riverside gallery.
Following the theme of Questioning the Canon, this conversation series invites alumni and guests to address the overarching question: In a world of unprecedented possibilities and unforeseen brutalities, what can architectural education do?
The series is structured around the school’s six areas of architectural pedagogy. This week we have:
– alumna Piper Bernbaum in conversation with Treaty Lands, Global Stories on cultural history & theory on Mon. Feb. 26
– Politecnico di Milano professor Luca Maria Francesco Fabris in conversation with galt.publication on landscape & urbanism on Thu. March 1
Both conversations will be held at the Design at Riverside gallery beginning at 12:30pm.
Piper Bernbaum is a registered intern architect and adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo, Canada, teaching design studio as a part of the undergraduate program in Cambridge, Ontario and in Rome, Italy. Piper received her Bachelor of Architectural Studies (2013) and Masters of Architecture (2016) from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. She is the recipient of the 2017 Canada Council for the Arts Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners, and is currently pursuing her research in Canada and abroad.
Piper’s area of interest has always been on the appropriation of space through design, where architecture is an apparatus where people are the constituents and the subjects of making. Interested on the informal definition of space, Piper has travelled for her research and design work to Europe, the Middle East, North America and the Arctic, watching for the intersections of law and architecture. The recipient of the 2017 Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners from the Canada Council of the Arts, Piper will research the architecture and ideologies of a post-nation-nation, traveling across Canada, to Israel, Poland and the East Coast of the United States to continue her research on the Eruv.
Dr. Luca Maria Francesco Fabris
Journalist and architect Luca Maria Francesco Fabris is an associate professor of architectural technology at the Department of Architecture & Urban Studies and the School of Architecture Urban Planning Construction Engineering at the Politecnico di Milano, where he has been teaching since 1997. He has also taught as a visiting professor at several European, American, and Asian universities. He holds a PhD in Architectural & Environmental Technology and a Masters in Urban Planning & Environment.
Fabris’ research focuses on contemporary built environments, sustainability, and landscape. He is a regular contributor to the architectural review The Plan, the Editorial Director of the Italian technical architectural magazine YouBuild, the Scientific Director of the Environscapes book series, and was a coordinator of the architectural magazine Costruire.