Lecture series

As the only ongoing architecture and landscape architecture lecture series in Vancouver, the SALA Lecture Series makes an important contribution to the intellectual life of the city. The lectures allow for multiple perspectives on a range of issues, including design, technology, sustainability and professional leadership, and encourage a cross-fertilization of ideas and visions for the future. Your support helps us continue the conversation around the creation of built environments that support civil and sustainable living.


Spring 2020 lecture series


SALA Spring 2020 lecture series poster

Click the poster image to download a PDF version.

To see listings for each lecture, visit our events page. All events are free, although some may be ticketed. 


Past speakers

Spring 2019

Adrian Phiffer
Anna Goodman
Katherine Jenkins
Matthew Seibert + Benjamin Wellington
Robert Lane
Omar Gandhi
Kelsey Copes-Gerbitz
Venelin Kokalov
Shauna Johnson

Fall 2018

Oliver Lang
Rena Soutar
Melissa Higgs
David Costanza
Johanna Hurme + Sasa Radulovic
Travis Hanks
Illarion Gallant
Derek Lee
Dan Hinkley
Paul Merrick + Donald Luxton
Alfred Waugh
Lyana Patrick

Fall 2017

Jack Self + Leigh Claire La Berge

Oliver Krieg + David Correa

Daniel M. Abramson + Andrew Herscher

Susanne Schindler + Catherine Ingraham

Ron Kellett

Bill Pechet

Leslie Van Duzer

Kathryn Gustafson

James Cheng

Greg Girard

Michael Perlmutter

Spring 2017

Leila Araghian
Diba Tensile Architecture, Tehran

Anthony Acciavatti
Columbia University and Somatic Collaborative, New York

Günther Vogt
Vogt Landscape Architects, Zurich

Zita Cobb
Shorefast Foundation, Fogo Island

Aneerudha Paul
Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai

Sara Stevens
UBC School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture

Sylvia McAdam
Idle No More

John Ochsendorf
MIT and Ochsendorf DeJong & Block, Cambridge


Fall 2016

Louis Benech
Paris, France

Kate Orff
Scape and Columbia University, New York

Ole Scheeren
Büro Ole Scheeren, Hong Kong, Beijing, Berlin, and Bangkok

Spring 2016

Frank Barkow
Barkow Leibinger, Berlin, Germany

Chris Cornelius
Studio Indigenous and University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Janette Kim + Erik Carver
All of the Above + Erik Carver Design, New York

Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

Georgeen Theodore
Interboro, New York, and New Jersey Institute of Technology

Yusuke Obuchi
Studio Obuchi and University of Tokyo

Lunchtime lectures

In addition to our formal lecture series, along with our student organizations, we also regularly coordinate informal lectures over the lunch hour. In these lectures, students, faculty members, prominent professionals passing through Vancouver, and local professionals have the opportunity to showcase projects and initiatives they are involved with.