Professor Mari Hvattum

Mari Hvattum is an architect and historian, professor of architectural history and theory at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design, and a founding member of OCCAS. She received a diploma in architecture from the Norwegian Institute of Technology in Trondheim in 1993 and studied philosophy and aesthetics at the University of Bergen. In 1994, she received an M.Phil from the University of Cambridge, followed by a PhD at the same institution in 1999. Hvattum has taught at the Architectural Association, London; Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow; University of Edinburgh; University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, and Central European University, Prague. She publishes widely on nineteenth and twentieth century architecture and was vice president of the European Architectural History Network (EAHN) from 2010 to 2014. She led the OCCAS research project “Routes, Roads and Landscapes: Aesthetic practices en route” from 2008 to 2012. Professor Hvattum is currently leading the research project The Printed and the Built. Architecture and Public Debate in Modern Europe, a multidisciplinary project studying publication culture and architecture in 19th and early 20th century Europe. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and executed in collaboration with the University of Oslo, The National Museum, and a wide international network.

Rosie Kay

Rosie Kay is a choreographer based in the West Midlands. She became the first associate artist of DanceXchange in 2004, has been a regular recipient of public funding through Arts Council England, and is currently a Research Associate to the University of Oxford School of Anthropology and Museum Ethnography. Established in 2004, the Rosie Kay Dance Company exists to nurture and further the creative talents of choreographer and director Rosie Kay, who is recognised as a leading choreographer in dance, film and theatre. Award winning and nationally prolific, Rosie Kay makes a dynamic range of shows, always exploring in exciting ways what dance can be, and how dance can be presented. Rosie Kay Dance Company have a reputation for making bold, original and exciting works that challenge perceptions and take on innovative subjects. Highly physical, with astute performances and intense athleticism, she makes work that excites audiences with a visceral experience they feel in their bodies and minds with the aim of building new audiences and attracting people who may have never seen first-rate contemporary dance before. As a choreographer Rosie Kay works across a range of subject matter that brings dance into the lives of soldiers; into the academic corridors of the university; or recently researching with inner city teenagers in Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Derby. Making works that no one else has seen before, and on topics that are relevant, important and political.

Dr Raymond Lucas

Dr Lucas is an external advisor and associate researcher to the ERC Advanced Grant project Knowing from the Inside.  Based at the University of Aberdeen, where leading anthropologist Tim Ingold is the primary investigator, the team of postdoctoral fellows, PhD students, academics from anthropology, and further associates are working on how and what can be known of life by drawing and inscribing. His current research develops these themes in relation to Graphic Anthropologies and how they can be used in an alternative understanding of architectural history. In relation to festival his research is built on two particular field studies.

The first is centred on Namdaemun Market in central Seoul where the work addresses the implications of infrastructure; the role of surfaces in display; the agency of goods, vendors and patrons; reciprocity in social space; and the materiality of a mobile and variable architecture every bit as radical as those proposed by Cedric Price or Archigram.

The second field site is the annual Sanja Matsuri in the Asakusa district of Tokyo.  This project seeks to understand a three-day event and its longer-term implications for this mercantile district.  The festival features portable shrines, mobile pieces of architecture that respond to the urban condition in a variety of ways, and have a role to play in the identity of the site, peoples understandings of belonging, and also as an explosion of joy within the city.  Accompanied by a series of temporary structures and appropriations, a number of issues are raised here including the depiction of movement, the role of the crowd in the city, and the overlapping of real and imagined worlds.  The festival collapses various levels of the city over the course of its duration, renewing and in many ways remaking the district anew every year.

Eric Parry

Eric Parry studied architecture at the University of Newcastle, the Royal College of Art, and the Architectural Association as well as studying nomadic settlement in Iran. He established Eric Parry Architects 1983, the year Eric was appointed as a lecturer in architecture at the University of Cambridge, where he taught until 1997. In 2006 Eric Parry was elected Royal Academician (RA), one of the highest accolades for a practising architect or artist in the UK. His ability to work across many building types is underpinned by the intellectual rigour with which every project is approached. From the foundation of the practice Eric has been responsible for the design of all projects carried out by the office and is fully involved in every aspect of the practice’s work at all stages, leading the inception and development of the design and detailing of projects, and the direction of the project teams through the design development and delivery and under his leadership the practice has developed a reputation for delivering beautifully crafted and well-considered buildings. In addition to his work in architectural practice, Eric has held a number of eminent posts including President of the Architectural Association. He also currently serves on the Royal Academy Architecture Committee, the RIBA Library Committee, the Kettles Yard Committee and the Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel. He has in the past served on the Arts Council of England’s Visual Arts and Architecture panel and the RIBA Awards Group. His contribution to academia includes fourteen years as Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Cambridge and lectureships at the Graduate Design School, Harvard University and the Tokyo Institute of Technology. These periods of university work around the world have also resulted in several publications, most recently his book entitled Context: Architecture and Genius of Place where he uses lived examples of cities and architecture throughout the world to describe some of the most concrete aspects of urbanity and architecture: pavements, horizon, simultaneity, kinetics, and artifice.