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Liam Young
Liam Young

Speculative architect Liam Young will lecture at UT’s College of Architecture and Design at 5:30 p.m. Monday, October 10, as part of the Robert B. Church Memorial Lecture Series.

Young’s lecture will take place in McCarty Auditorium (Room 109) in the Art and Architecture Building. The event is free and open to the public, offers continuing education units, and will be streamed live.

Speculative architects use the built environment to express themselves in a way that’s similar to how storytellers use words. Young says he “operates in the spaces between design, fiction, and futures” to stay relevant in the context of a city that is always changing.

Young is the founder of the think tank Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, a group whose work explores the possibilities of “fantastic, speculative, and imaginary urbanization.” He also co-manages Unknown Fields Division, a nomadic research studio that travels on location shoots and expeditions around the world to document emerging trends in speculative architecture.

Young has been praised by the BBC, NBC, Wired, the Guardian, Time, and Dazed and Confused magazine. His work has been collected by institutions including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has taught internationally at the Architectural Association and Princeton University, and now runs a postgraduate program, Fiction and Entertainment, at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.

In addition to the lecture, Young will exhibit October 10–30 at UT’s Ewing Gallery, located in the Art and Architecture Building.

For 42 years, the College of Architecture and Design has hosted leading architects and design professionals through its Robert B. Church Memorial Lecture Series to enrich the education of its students and elevate the profession in the community. In 2016–2017, more than a dozen professionals from around the world will lecture at the college.


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