The College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) has released their spring lecture series lineup, which are free and open to the public. This series features an eclectic mix that includes themes like innovation, urbanism and religiosity in the public space, to the yearly design showcase signature event. All lectures begin at 5 p.m. in Weston Hall 1.

Check out the list of upcoming lectures below:

Feb. 18 – Iñaki Alday

Iñaki Alday is Dean & Koch Chair in Architecture at Tulane University School of Architecture and co-Director and Founder of the Yamuna River Project. He received a Master of Architecture degree from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia in 1992. Together with Margarita Jover, he founded aldayjover architecture and landscape in 1996 in Barcelona. The multidisciplinary, research-based practice focuses on innovation and is particularly renowned for its leadership in a new approach to the relation between cities and rivers, in which the natural dynamics of flooding become part of the public space, eliminating the idea of “catastrophe.” He has taught at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, the University of Navarra and the University of Virginia where he was the Chair of the Department of Architecture 2011-2016.


Feb. 25 – Anna Puigjaner

Anna Puigjaner is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia GSAPP and Coordinator of the Core I Architecture Studios. Puigjaner unites theory and practice by combining academic, research, and editorial work with the professional activity of MAIO, an architectural office co-founded in Barcelona in 2012. MAIO collaborates with artists and practitioners from outside the field and has a particular interest in developing new models of collective housing. Recent projects include “110 Rooms” — a 22-unit innovative housing block in Barcelona — and a series of exhibition designs for the Milan Furniture Fair and the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. Anna Puigjaner was a Visiting Scholar at GSAPP in 2011 and 2013. She received Harvard GSD’s Wheelwright Prize in 2016 and was nominated as a finalist in the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Initiative.


March 4 – Think Pieces

Hanna Kum-Biocca, Martina Decker, Gabrielle Esperdy


April 1 – Ziad Jamaleddine

Ziad Jamaleddine is an Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP where he is the coordinator of Advanced IV Architecture Studios and co-founder and partner of L.E.FT Architects based in Brooklyn and Beirut. He has been teaching Advanced Architecture and Urban Design Studios, seminars in the History & Theory sequence, and summer workshops at GSAPP since 2014. Jamaleddine is a practitioner and scholar with a particular research focus on architecture in the Middle East — rigorously interrogating topics such as religious architecture and religiosity in public space, affordable housing in conservative societies, urbanism and infrastructure in relation to water resources and scarcity, and the question of reconstruction in post-war cities. His writings have been published in Climates: Architecture and the Planetary Imaginary (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2016), After Belonging (Lars Müller Publishers, 2016).


April 11 – Design Showcase

Serge Demerjian, Earl Jackson


April 22 – Point Supreme

Konstantinos Pantazis is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP. He founded Point Supreme with Marianna Rentzou in 2008 after working in London, Rotterdam, Brussels and Tokyo (OMA, MVRDV, 51N4E, Jun Aoki). They regularly publish self-initiated projects for the city of Athens where they are based. In 2012 they won the acclaimed international competition for the Faliro Pier in Athens and were included by popular Greek newspaper LIFO among the 20 most influential personalities in Greece. In 2015 Athens Projects, a book dedicated to their work was published by Graham Foundation in Chicago.