The Bartlett School of Architecture


Jing Liu - Bartlett International Lecture Series

28 November 2018, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

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The Bartlett School of Architecture
020 3108 7337


Christopher Ingold Auditorium (via 22 Gordon Street)
22 Gordon Street
United Kingdom

Order, Edge, Aura

Lecturer's Abstract 

In this lecture Jing Liu gives an overview of the office SO-IL's 10 year history - from its genesis to current projects on the drawing board. She will discuss why and how SO-IL does what it does.


Jing Liu co-founded SO–IL with Florian Idenburg in 2008, emphasizing mission-driven cultural projects as an integral part of the urban fabric.

Through building practice and interdisciplinary research projects, Jing has led SO–IL to explore new fabrication methods — as in the Kukje gallery and CTF Museum — and engage with the sociopolitical issues of contemporary cities — in projects like the Artists Loft North Omaha and Frieze Art Fair. Her perspective extends outside the conventional architectural platform, with artist collaborations including Janaina Tschape and Kota Yamada; curatorial partnership at the London Design Museum, the Guggenheim, and Canadian Center for Architecture; and book projects such as Solid Objectives: Order, Edge, Aura published by Lars Müller.

A native of China, Jing received her education in China, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Jing is Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, and has been a frequent lecturer and visiting chair at academic institutions around the world.

Jing extends her interest in the future of cities as an active board member of the Van Alen Institute, a New York City nonprofit that applies design research to the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow.

Image: Photograph by Naho Kubota

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This event is free and open to all. No booking is required, but please arrive early to guarantee your place.

Supported by Fletcher Priest Architects   


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