The Simpson Professor and Geddes Visiting Fellow positions are funded from the George Simpson Bequest.

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 Professor

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


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 give seminars to staff and students.


Previous Visiting Professors and Fellows

In 2020/21, the studio O’Donnell + Tuomey held the Simpson Visiting Professor position. O’Donnell + Tuomey is a studio-based practice committed to the craft and culture of architecture. They have been involved with urban design, cultural, social and educational projects at home and abroad. The practice has an international reputation for its engagement with complex urban situations and sensitive landscapes. They are the winners of over 120 awards including the RIBA Royal Gold Medal, the world’s most prestigious award in architecture. They delivered a talk on 3 Mar 2021 entitled Going On.

The Geddes Fellows were Hélène Binet, Katja Grillner, Samia Henni and Flores & Prats

Hélène Binet is a Swiss/French photographer, currently living in London. Her work has been published in a wide range of books, shown and collected in numerous museums, the latest exhibition being a retrospective of her work at the PSA, Shanghai. As an advocate of analogue photography, she works exclusively with film. In 2019 she was awarded the Ada Louise Huxtable Prize for her exceptional contribution in the field of architecture, her main passion along with photography. This recognised practice has led her to focus more on the understanding and expression of the poetics of space. 
20 Jan 2021 | The Making of a Photograph

Katja Grillner is professor of Critical Studies in Architecture and Head of Department at the School of Architecture, KTH (2019-). Her research into architecture and landscape perform astetetic, historical and literary investigations from the perspecives of poetic practices and critical theory. In her teaching she has together with her colleagues built up a strong presence of courses or course components concerning intersections between architecture, feminism and gender in the architecture program and in extra curricular courses at the school. She has initiated and participated in the formation of several groups and contexts that has had a significant impact on the development of architecture and design research in Sweden: The Academy for Practice-based Research in Architecture and Design (AKAD 2003-2007), Feminist Architecture Theory, Analysis and Education (FATALE 2007-2012) and the Strong Research Environment Architecture in Effect (2011-2019).
3 Feb 2021 | Writing Landscape – Writing Place

Samia Henni is an architectural historian and Assistant Professor of History of Architecture and Urbanism at the Department of Architecture, College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Cornell University. She is the author of the multi-award-winning Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria (gta Verlag, 2017, EN; Editions B42, 2019, FR), the editor of the gta papers no. 2 titled War Zones (gta Verlag, 2018), and the maker of exhibitions, such as Housing Pharmacology / Right to Housing (Manifesta 13, Marseille, 2020) and Discreet Violence: Architecture and the French War in Algeria (Zurich, Rotterdam, Berlin, Johannesburg, Paris, Prague, Ithaca, Philadelphia, 2017–19). She received her Ph.D. in the history and theory of architecture (with distinction, ETH Medal) from ETH Zurich and taught at Princeton University, ETH Zurich, and Geneva University of Art and Design. Her teaching and research interests include the history and theory of the built, destroyed, and imagined environment in relation to colonialism, displacement, gender, natural resources, and wars. Her current book project examines how the French military authorities toxified and transformed the Saharan territories and environments in the aftermath Second World War. Henni has lectured and published widely.
10 Mar 2021 | Desert Toxic Modernism

Flores & Prats is an architectural studio founded by Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores, dedicated to the confrontation of theory and academic practice with design and construction activity. Their work obtained among others the Grand Award in Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts 2009, the City of Barcelona Award 2016, the City of Palma Award 2017, the AD Architects of the Year Award 2018 and the AR New into Old Award 2019. Eva and Ricardo are both Doctors of Architecture and Professors of Design Studio at ETSA Barcelona, RMIT Melbourne and ETH Zurich.
23 Mar 2021 | The Discipline of the Existing


In 2019/20, Peter Salter was the Simpson Visiting Professor and Carla Yanni was the Geddes Fellow.


In 2018/19, Stan Allen was the Simpson Visiting Professor, and Niall Atkinson and Tina Di Carlo were the Geddes Fellows. Stan Allen delivered two talks: Objects and fields and Forms of Practice/Situated Objects; Niall Atkinson delivered a talk entitled Learning from Cosmopolis: The Venice Architecture Biennale and the lessons of a lasting city; and Tina di Carlo delivered three talks: Curating Dérive, Sketching Practice, and Editing Inventions.


In 2017/18, the Simpson Visiting Professor was Michael Webb. Michael's lecture was entitled On Gradually Getting It Right.


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. The Geddes Fellows were Catherine Ingraham, Luis Callejas, Carolyn Yerkes, Philippe Rahm.


In 2015/16, 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. The Geddes Fellows were William Firebrace, Anuradha Mathur & Dilip da Cunha and Mark West.


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.

Previous Geddes Visiting Fellows include (with lecture titles in brackets): 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).