"ArchAgenda Debates" aims to spark lively and candid debate on the direction contemporary architecture should take. What should be the agenda for 21st century architecture? Six celebrated architecture thought-leaders – Patrik Schumacher, Peter Eisenman, Jeffrey Kipnis, Reinier de Graaf, Robert Somol, Theodore Spyropoulos – will present position provocations focused on developments of the past two decades, reflecting/projecting on the problematics and values that drive design innovation today and in the next two decades. "Is there such a debate? Before such a debate can commence we need to answer a fundamental question concerning our discursive culture: should we – the participants/ protagonists of architecture – commit/submit ourselves to a collective debate arguing about the broad direction in which architecture should progress?" [Schumacher] Speakers will challenge one another’s positions to unleash fertile public debate that inspires a collective questioning of the architectural status quo, setting the bar high for future Biennial debates.

Biography of Speaker/Presenter:

PETER EISENMAN- Principal of Eisenman Architects, Founder of the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies, Author of Written into the Void: Selected Writings 1990–2004.

PATRIK SCHUMACHER- Partner at Zaha Hadid Architects, Founding Director of Architectural Association's Design Research Laboratory (AA DRL), Author of The Autopoiesis of Architecture.

JEFFREY KIPNIS- Professor at Knowlton School of Architecture - OSU, Founding Director of the AA Graduate Design Program, Author of A Question of Qualities: Essays in Architecture

REINIER DE GRAAF- Partner at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Director of AMO, Co-Author of Roadmap 2050: A Practical Guide to a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Europe

ROBERT SOMOL- Director of UIC School of Architecture, Founding Partner of PxS Architecture, Author of Autonomy and Ideology: Positioning an Avant-Garde in America

THEODORE SPYROPOULOS- Founding Partner of Minimaforms, Director of Architectural Association’s Design Research Laboratory (AA DRL), Author of Adaptive Ecologies – Correlated Systems of Living.


Tickets must be purchased in advance. There will be no ticket sales at the door. To purchase tickets, please visit ArchAgenda Debates website.