Lecture | Pascal Flammer with James Payne of Archipelago Architects
Tuesday 15 March 2010 | Robert Gordon University Aberdeen

Poster | Video

Robert Gordon University Aberdeen

Conversations is our first attempt to bring together interesting emerging architects to discuss their work and their ideas in detail and to demonstrate to students the importance of being able to communicate clearly. The two are architects first and teachers second. They have to persuade and convince a number of different individuals of the validity of their work as creative individuals and professionals. Unlike the common perception that the architect is either a commercial pragmatist or a creative genius, shrouding their work in mystery, our invited architects aim to confound these stereotypes and to explain that the novel in their work is based in a deep understanding of the rational. Architecture can be explained and can be understood by everyone. Flammer and Payne represent a new generation of European architect and although similar in age, their distinct attitudes are the result of specific schools of thought, ones that have developed in parallel but with very different results. Bringing them together should offer an insight into the inner workings of these schools through the medium of their architecture.

Pascal Flammer studied at the ETH Zurich, Lausanne and TU Delft and has traveled extensively in Europe, South America as well as the Middle and Far East. He opened his practice in 2005. He gained his experience at the office of Valerio Olgiati where he worked from 1998 until 2005 and taught at the Accademia di Architettura di Mendrisio from 2006 until 2012, Switzerland as well as at the Graduate School of Design of Harvard University, Cambridge. He recently completed a house in Balsthal.

James Payne studied architecture at the Glasgow School of Art, the Polytechnique Lausanne and Bath University. James has worked in Switzerland and the UK including four years at Caruso St John Architects. A regular architecture critic for Building Design and Architecture Today, he runs undergraduate studio 5 at the Sir John Cass School of Architecture with Nina Lundvall. His collaborative practice Archipelago architects has completed projects in the UK and Sweden.