Each year, we welcome a number of distinguished guests to the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA).

While at ECA, these international experts each give a free public lecture, in addition to engaging closely with staff and students through masterclasses, tutorials, discussions and crits. 

The Simpson Lecture

The George Simpson Visiting Professor is a position open to distinguished international architectural practitioners and thinkers. 

In 2017/18, the George Simpson Visiting Professor is Michael Webb. Michael's lecture is entitled On Gradually Getting It Right. | Find out more >

In 2016/17, the position was shared between Pritzker Prize-winning Wang Shu and Lu Wenyu, founders of Amateur Architecture Studio, Hangzhou, China, whose free public lecture at ECA was entitled Architecture with Hands.

In 2015/2016, the position was held by Professor Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History & Archaeology at Columbia University, New York, USA. His lecture, Good Neighbours?, offered an interpretation of MoMA’s engagement with contemporary architecture in Latin America from the 1940s onwards.

Previous George Simpson Visiting Professors include Inaki Abalos, Alexander Brodsky, Michael B. Cadwell, William Curtis, Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Andrea Kahn, Diane Lewis, Daniel Libeskind, Alberto Pérez-Gómez, Joseph Rykwert, Peter Wilson, and Anthony Vidler.

Geddes Visiting Fellows

Geddes Visiting Fellows bring a fresh perspective to teaching, practice and thinking in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA).

As well as speaking publicly about their own work, they critique undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and gave seminars to staff and students.

The 2017/18 Geddes Visiting Fellows are:

  • Catherine Ingraham, Pratt Institute | Find out more >
  • Luis Callejas, Oslo School of Architecture and Design
  • Carolyn Yerkes, Princeton University
  • Philippe Rahm, Philippe Rahm Architects

Download the 2017/18 Geddes Visiting Fellows poster >

Previous Geddes Visiting Fellows include (with lecture titles in brackets): Anuradha Mathur & Dilip da Cunha (Design in a Moment of Rain); Mark West (Concrete falls in love)William Firebrace; Perry Kulper (Estranged Fluctuations)Robin Moore and Nilda Cosco (One Health: intergenerational design strategies for engaging children with nature in cities)Carlos Arroyo (Sustainable Exuberance); and Alan Short (The Recovery of Natural Environments in Architecture).