First Encounters is a lecture series to be given by a number of former and current graduates and staffmembers of the School of Architecture as part of the Centenary celebrations. The intention is to present a view of the architectural interests and pre-occupations of former teachers in relation to those of new members of staff. Each speaker is asked to present a short lecture (15-20 minutes) to the students and staff of the School on a particular work of architecture from the period 1911-2011 which they found inspirational at first sight, a first encounter with modern architecture that made a lasting impression on them. This encounter could have taken place before, during or after their studies in the School. Two short lectures will be presented on each evening to allow a conversation to develop. The subject chosen should remain a secret before the lecture.
The lectures should seek to explore the selected projects in detail, either as a totality or in relation to specific parts or aspects, and to thoroughly convey the reasons for the lecturer’s feelings of admiration, enjoyment, enthusiasm or bewilderment towards this particular work.
The lectures will run on Monday evenings at 6pm in the Red Room beginning in January 2012.