Angela Deuber, Adrien Verschuere, Andrea Zanderigo and Lee Ivett
Saturday 02 July 2016, Evolution House, Edinburgh College of Art

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What drives the architect and what is architecture? These question have engaged the passions of the profession since its birth. At certain moments in history the answers have been clear, today they are highly contested. Architects find themselves gathered into camps, each with some idea of the defining feature of the discipline, but frustrated by the lack of space in which to produce great work. For some architecture is about meeting human and social needs, for others it is about excellence in building. There are also those who argue that architecture is at its core an artistic or aesthetic enterprise concerned with more than the simple appearance of things. The AE Foundation has organised an afternoon of public discussion, as part of the Fringe Festival of Architecture 2016. The debates will explore the values driving some of the most interesting emerging international practices of today.

Embassy of Switzerland in the United Kingdom
Architecture Fringe 2016
Reiach & Hall Architects

Angela Deuber studied and graduated architecture at the ETH in Zurich. Her career took her to the canton of Grisons, where she runs her own architectural office in the city of Chur. She makes buildings, exhibitions and she does lecturing and reviews. Currently she is visiting professor at the Accademia di Architettura of the Universita della Svizzera italiana in Mendrisio and at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design in Norway.

Adrien Verschuere is a co-founder of the architecture firm ‘Made in’ Geneva, prize winners of the Swiss Federal Art & Architecture Award in 2006. From 2003 until 2006 he taught at the EPFL Switzerland, was a design architect in the office of Herzog & de Meuron, Basel from 2000-2003, and collaborated with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture – Rem Koolhaas, Rotterdam, until 2001. In 2008 he established his own architectural office – Baukunst in Brussels.

Andrea Zanderigo is a co-founder of Baukuh, an architecture studio based in Milan, Genoa and Venice. The studio was founded in 2004 and is currently run by Paolo Carpi, Silvia Lupi, Vittorio Pizzigoni, Giacomo Summa, Pier Paolo Tamburelli and Andrea Zanderigo. The office considers itself a traditional architectural practice, and an office that proposes experiments to understand the contemporary urban environment. Baukuh created and edits San Rocco.

Lee Ivett founded the participatory architecture firm, Baxendale. His mode of practice is intensely generative, developing low-budget socially-focused projects from scratch largely for working class communities in around Glasgow. He works with artists, makers, dancers, growers, academics and musicians to create work within the home, the public realm, the theatre and the gallery. His projects include Woodlands Community Garden and he is a tutor at Glasgow School of Art.