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LSU College of Art & Design to Welcome Professor, Architect Ken Frampton for Lecture on April 5

03/29/2012 04:18 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Art & Design’s Distinguished Lecture Series presents “Megaform as Urban Landscape,” a presentation by professor and architect Ken Frampton, Thursday April 5, at 5:00 p.m. in Room 103 of the Design Building. The event is free and open to the public.


Frampton is a British architect, critic and historian, as well and the Ware Professor of Architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University in New York. He studied architecture at Guildford School of Art and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Subsequently, he worked with Middlesex County Council and Douglas Stephen and Partners, during which time he was also a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art, a tutor at the Architectural Association and technical editor of the journal Architectural Design. Frampton has also taught at Princeton University and the Bartlett School of Architecture in London. He has been a member of the faculty at Columbia University since 1972 and, in that same year, became a fellow of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York – whose members also included Peter Eisenman, Manfredo Tafuri and Rem Koolhaas – and a co-founding editor of its magazine, Oppositions.


Frampton is well known for his writing on 20th-century architecture. His books include “Modern Architecture: A Critical History” (1980; revised in 1985, 1992 and 2007) and “Studies in Tectonic Culture” (1995). Frampton achieved great prominence and influence in architectural education with his 1983 essay “Towards a Critical Regionalism.” Also, Frampton’s essay was included in a book “The Anti-Aesthetic: Essays on Postmodern Culture,” edited by Hal Foster. Frampton’s own position attempts to defend a version of modernism that looks to either critical regionalism or a ‘momentary’ understanding of the autonomy of architectural practice in terms of its own concerns with form and tectonics, which cannot be reduced to economics whilst conversely retaining a Leftist viewpoint regarding the social responsibility of architecture. In 2002, a collection of Frampton’s writings over a period of 35 years was collated and published under the title “Labour, Work and Architecture.” In 2006, he wrote the introduction to the book of Flemish architect Georges Baines.


This presentation of the LSU College of Art & Design’s Distinguished Lecture Series is sponsored by Paula G. Manship. Professional American Institute of Architects and American Society of Landscape Architecture continuing education credit is available for this lecture.


Additional information is available on the College of Art & Design’s Facebook page, or by contacting Debra Langlois at 225-578-5868 or


Those unable to attend the lecture in person will be able to view a recording of the lecture online at

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