Richard Pare / Colin Rowe Lecture Series

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How can we define an image? Not an easy task, since it has a variety of meanings depending on the context in which we are operating. It could refer to a physical/digital representation – a drawing, a photograph, a computer-generated image – or a more subtle mental image, either reflective of the past or imaginative of the future. What is certain is that nowadays our knowledge of the built form and our creativity as architects is heavily based on images. How many buildings do we think we know due to indirect sources? Do we prioritise the image before the experience of a direct visit? Perhaps it is timely to discuss the impact of the image alongside the ‘real’ architecture itself. In an informal setting and in dialogue with experienced and imaginative guests, The Colin Rowe Lectures aim to discuss the role of the image in architecture, particularly the crucial role of architectural photography. The occasions will allow invited experts and emerging scholars/practitioners to share their thoughts.

The inaugural lecturer will be the acclaimed photographer and scholar Richard Pare. Born in England in 1948, Pare studied photography and graphic design before moving to the United States in 1971 where he studied photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since then he has been working as a curator and a photographer. He was the founding curator for the photography collection of the Canadian Centre for Architecture from its inception in 1974. He continues to write and lecture on the history of photography. His current project is a study of the architecture of Le Corbusier. His exhibitions and publications include ‘Court House: A Photographic Document’ (1978), ‘Photography and Architecture: 1839-1939’ (1982), ‘Tadao Ando. The Colours of Light’ (1996, AIA monograph award) and ‘The Lost Vanguard, Architecture of the Russian Avantgarde’ (2007).

A call for entries for the next lecture has been released (deadline 31 October) and can be downloaded here.

Places are limited so booking in advance is essential.

Forum convened by Marco Iuliano (University of Liverpool) and Valeria Carullo (RIBA). The lectures are a collaboration between the Centre for Architecture and Visual Arts at the University of Liverpool and the Robert Elwall Photographs Collection at the RIBA.

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