Folly.Oculus.Frogger by Perry Kulper
Start: November 11, 2019 4 p.m.
End: November 11, 2019 5 p.m.
Location: Architecture Building, Room 100

Speaker: Perry Kulper is an Associate Professor of Architecture in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. In his lecture, Kulper will unpack a working background comprised of influences, hunches, flat out shots in the dark and outcomes toward constructing a spatial practice through architectural representation. Using examples of work, alongside references to a few key influences, ‘Evidence’ will build a calculus of relational assemblies that point to developing spatial, representational, cultural and disciplinary participation. References and influences include curiosity cabinets, Robert Venturi’s ‘Complexity and Contradiction’, Wallace Stevens’ poem ’13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird’, Jorge Luis Borges’ ‘Celestial Emporium of Celestial Knowledge’, Surrealism, the Baroque period, Robert Rauschenburg’s Combines and indeterminacy. Thoughts about relational assemblies, language prompts, analogous thinking, the naming problem, tailored visualizations, typological rebooting and inventive programmatic formulations will populate the margins. ‘Evidence’ will game with influences and a cross-section of work, tracing a process of constructing a practice where an architect might need to be many architects—and amateur and detective lurking nearby. The talk will tickle possible practices while getting behind the scenes—under their metaphorical hood as it were, of a practiced (drawn) construction.

What you will learn:

  1. Constructing the possibility of broadening the roles and definition of the architect
  2. Appreciating the possibilities that architectural representation can be descriptive, generative and a terrain for discovery
  3. Exposure to varied design methods, when used singly, or in combination, (or invented as interests in a project might suggest) enable more effective engagement with heterogenous, rather than homogenous ideas
  4. An appreciation for the potential of openly speculating through different speeds of working

This lecture is approved for 1 CEU by AIA and LA CES.  Can’t attend? Join the lecture via Live Stream at 4:00 p.m. on November 11.

About the speaker: Perry Kulper is an Associate Professor of Architecture in the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. In a prior life, he was a SCI-Arc faculty member for 17 years and held visiting teaching positions at Penn and ASU during that time. Subsequent to his graduate studies at Columbia University he worked in the offices of respected mentors Eisenman/Robertson, Robert A.M. Stern and Venturi, Rauch and Scott Brown before moving to Los Angeles. His primary interests include the roles and generative potential of architectural drawing; the outrageously different spatial opportunities offered by using diverse design methods in design practices; and in broadening the conceptual range by which architecture contributes to our cultural imagination. He was the Sir Banister Fletcher Visiting Professor at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL 2018-19. In 2013 he published Pamphlet Architecture 34, ‘Fathoming the Unfathomable: Archival Ghosts and Paradoxical Shadows’ with friend and collaborator Nat Chard. They are at work on a new book to be published by UCL Press. Recently he optimistically ventured into the world of the digital, attempting to get a handle on ‘cut + paste’ and ‘magic wand’ operations in Photoshop—as a result, he has encountered one of his steeper learning curves. Even more recently he has also been snooping around under the hood of said digital realms. Fantastic beasts have also been on his mind.

AIA and LA CES approved for 1 CEU