Physics & Contemporary Architecture

Professors Heinrich Jaeger and Sidney Nagel of the Physics Department at the University of Chicago are pleased to offer a public guest lecture series, about innovative approaches to resolving physical forces in architecture and design, as part of their spring 2022 course. This lecture series is supported by the College Curricular Innovation Fund and organized in cooperation with the Arts, Science & Culture Initiative at The University of Chicago.

Thursdays at 5:30 PM CDT
Lectures are open to the general public via Zoom. Register here.

Lecture 1: Computational Physics for Architectural Design
Caitlin Mueller, Digital Structures
April 7

Lecture 2: Tectonics of Earth Architecture
Chad Kraus, Dirt Works Studio
April 14

Lecture 3: Living Materials
David Benjamin, The Living
April 21

Lecture 4: Shanghai Tower: Mega-Tall Structure Design
Aleksandar Sasha Zeljic, Gensler
April 28

Lecture 5: Strength from Shape: Shell Structures in Architecture and Engineering
Toby Mitchell, Skidmore, Owings & Merill
May 5

Lecture 6: Urban/Landscape Innovations in Singapore: Local Projects by Grant Associates
Stefaan Lambreghts, Grant Associates
May 12

Lecture 7: Designing the 41st & 43rd Street Chicago Pedestrian Bridges
John Clark, Cordogan Clark
May 19

Lecture 8: Adventures of an Interplanetary Architect
Xavier De Kestelier, Hassell
​​​​​​​May 26

Lecture 9: Title TBA
Moshe Safdie, Safdie Architects
June 2