The Bartlett School of Architecture


Wang Shu & Lu Wenyu - Bartlett International Lecture Series

26 September 2018, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

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The Bartlett School of Architecture


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

Half Mountain & Half Building

Lecturer's Abstract 

The lecture will focus on a new museum designed by the Amateur Architecture Studio that is about to be completed soon. It will discuss the deep relationship between the study of Chinese landscape painting and the recent designs by the Amateur Architecture Studio. It will explore how this parallel research can become a new architectural understanding, a new way of spatial narration, a subtle way of emphasising the relationship between drawing sight and body feeling. Additionally how it can be a response to this impetuous era, a path to connect the past with the future, memories and imaginations, a consciousness that emphasises material and atmosphere, a value that advocates the return of nature.


Architect Wang Shu and his wife Lu Wenyu are founding partners of Amateur Architecture Studio. As educators in architecture, Wang and Lu inevitably maintain a close relationship with the art institute where they teach architectural design, but the studio itself is independent from the institute. 

Amateur Architecture Studio takes equal interest in all life's diversity and spontaneity. The studio advocates architectural design as a non-professional activity, since life is always more important than design. Individuality and independence are thought to be the guarantee of the studio's many experimental projects.

Wang and Lu are working on a number of large scale projects across China and are the recepients of the The Pritzker Architecture Prize (2012), The French Gold Medal of the Academy of Architecture (2011) and The Schelling Architecture Prize (2010). 

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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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