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. 


Stan Allen 

Stan Allen is an architect working in New York and George Dutton ’27 Professor of Architecture at Princeton University, where he was dean of the school of architecture. Responding to the complexity of the modern city in creative ways, he has developed an extensive catalogue of innovative design strategies, in particular looking at field theory, landscape architecture and ecology as models to revitalize the practices of architecture. His architectural work is published in Points + Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City and his essays in Practice: Architecture, Technique and Representation. The edited collection Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain was published by Lars Müller in 2011. His most recent book is Four Projects: A Stan Allen Sourcebook. 

27 Feb 2019 | Objects and fields, Adam House Lecture Theatre, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

28 Feb 2019 | Forms of Practice/Situated Objects, Public Lecture, West Court, 6:00pm - 7:30pm 


Niall Atkinson

Niall Atkinson is Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on the sensory experience of architecture and urban space in early modern Italy through the prism of architecture and space. His recent publications have explored the relationship between sound, space, and architecture and their role in the construction of civic society. In his current research, he is exploring ways of digitally visualising early modern urban soundscapes through GIS technology as well as investigating spatial and cultural disorientation in the accounts of Italian travellers. In 2018, he co-curated the US Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale on the theme “Dimensions of Citizenship.

7 March 2019 | Learning from Cosmopolis: The Venice Architecture Biennale and the lessons of a lasting city, Adam House Lecture Theatre, 7:15pm - 8:30pm 


Tina Di Carlo

Tina di Carlo is an editor at Drawing Matter. She was formerly a curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and Director of Lectures, Exhibitions and co-Curricular Activities at the Princeton University School of Architecture. She holds advanced degrees in art history and architecture from the Courtauld Institute, London and Harvard University and recently completed her PhD focusing on exhibitions. She writes and speaks internationally and is a visiting tutor at the Architectural Association.

23 Jan 2019 | Curating Dérive, Adam House Lecture Theatre, 1:00pm - 2:00pm  

30 Jan 2019 | Sketching Practice, Adam House Lecture Theatre, 1:00pm - 2:00pm

20 March 2019 | Editing Inventions, Adam House Lecture Theatre, 1:00pm - 2:00pm



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).