Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski Kick Off This Year's Hyde Lecture Series

Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski Kick Off This Year's Hyde Lecture Series

By Kerry McCulloug...

September 7, 2017

Cruz and Nathalie

2017/2018 Hyde Lecture Series opens another exciting chapter for the design and planning disciplines as speakers take a fresh, in-depth look at the latest developments in their respective fields. The College of Architecture kicks off their lecture series with Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski, this year’s Hyde Chairs, giving a lecture entitled “Diogenes Lantern”.

For this lecture, they will explore how irony, humor and critical theory can fuel teaching, writing, publishing, designing spaces, and buildings and constructing ideas in search for an honest architecture. Aptly titled the “Diogenes Lantern”, a reference to the Greek philosopher known for holding a lantern to the faces of Athenian citizens claiming he was searching for an honest man, Garcia and Frankowski examine the possibility of producing discourses, positions and projects that aim to shed light on ignored, discarded and overlooked values.

The pair will challenge the audience to explore the role of architecture in today’s world through a different lens by rethinking the potential and limitations of alternative tools and strategies of representation for project creation.

In addition to being this year’s Hyde Chairs, Garcia and Frankowski are co-founders of WAI Architecture Think Tank, a studio created to contribute to the collective intelligence of architecture by focusing on its understanding and execution from a panoramic approach. Since 2009, Garcia and Frankowski have been based in Beijing, where they collaborate in art and curatorial projects, and where they are founding curators of Intelligentsia Gallery, a critically acclaimed alternative space for the development, exhibition and diffusion of positions and discourses in the realm of contemporary art.

Garcia and Frankowski integrate a wide range of mediums and strategies to their practices, including designing culturally and socially sensible buildings, publishing critical texts and manifestoes, and teaching workshops around the world.

Recent projects include their shortlisted design for the National Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA) in Moscow, the design for a boarding school for student-athletes in Puerto Rico, and the design of several exhibition and research spaces in Beijing. Of growing international interest, their work has been presented in exhibitions and festivals at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) in Lisbon, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial, Arch+ / Kunst-Werke Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, the Chengjian Video and Photography Biennale in Chongqing, the Shenzhen / Hong Kong Urbanism and Architecture Bi-City Biennale, the Wrong Digital Art Biennale and many more.

The College’s Hyde Lecture Series is a long-standing, endowed public program. Each year the College hosts compelling speakers in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and planning that enrich the ongoing dialog around agendas which are paramount to the design disciplines and our graduates.

Their lecture will be held September 15th at 4 pm in Richards Hall, room 15. For questions, email Kerry McCullough-Vondrak at