Free public lectures given by leading international visitors to the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

A public series of talks by leading national and international artists and thinkers.

An annual public lecture by a distinguished art historian marking the collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and National Galleries of Scotland. 

A programme of annual public talks at ECA by some of the most innovative people working in the arts, worldwide, today.

Archived details of our speakers and their lecture topics.

After spending a number of years working in an architectural practice Kirill decided to pursue an academic career in the field of architectural history. ECA offered him not only excellent facilities and renowned teaching staff but also several courses on his field of interest - Soviet architecture.

After graduating from Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh, Gaia decided to continue her education at ECA to learn the fundamentals of curatorial debates directly from field professionals while also being given the freedom to explore her research interests.

A recent collaboration between Talbot Rice Gallery - the University's art gallery - and HMP Shotts prison has given inhabitants a chance to attend talks and immersive, practical workshops.

Forget the study, the books, and the armchair. Thinking is not a lone, individual act but a social process, embedded in what I have called “the social buzz”: the constant implicit discussion – agreement, disagreement, qualification, passionate opining – of ideas by the people constituting the social environment of the thinker. Three aspects can be derived from that collective nature of thought.

Forget the study, the books, and the armchair. Thinking is not a lone, individual act but a social process, embedded in what I have called “the social buzz”: the constant implicit discussion – agreement, disagreement, qualification, passionate opining – of ideas by the people constituting the social environment of the thinker. Three aspects can be derived from that collective nature of thought.

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The Masterclasses take place on Thursdays, 5.30pm, in the Main Building Main Lecture Theatre.