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 2018 lecture series

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

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Past speakers

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

Fall 2015

Pierre Belanger
Harvard Graduate School of Design

Hillary Brown
City University of New York

Susannah Drake
dlandstudio, Brooklyn

Keller Easterling
Yale University

Louisa Jones
Author and journalist, Provence, France

Piet Oudolf
Hummelo, Netherlands

Spring 2015

Amale Andraos
Columbia University and Work Architecture Company, New York

Vikram Bhatt
McGill University

Philippe Block
ETH Zurich

Mikyoung Kim
Mikyoung Kim Design, Boston

Christoph Reinhardt
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Jenny Sabin
Jenny Sabin Studio, Philadelphia, and Cornell University

Ron Williams
WAA and Landscape Architecture, Montreal

Fall 2014

Joyce Drohan
Perkins + Will, Vancouver

Harrison Fraker
University of California, Berkeley

Aaron Naparstek
Streetsblog, New York

Doug Sanders
Author and columnist

Rainer Schmidt
Rainer Schmidt Landschaftsarchitekten, Munich, Germany

David Singleton
Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia

Spring 2014

Andreu Arriola + Carmen Fiol
Arriola & Fiol Architects, Barcelona, Spain

Julie Campoli
Terra Firma Urban Design, Burlington

Rahul Mehrotra
Harvard Graduate School of Design

Cristina Moreno + Efren Grinda
AMID (Cero9) Architects, Madrid, Spain

Kim Smith + Bo Helliwell
Blue Sky Architecture, Vancouver

Bing Thom
Bing Thom Architects, Vancouver

Fall 2013

Annette Gigon
Gigon/Guyer, Zurich, Switzerland

Phyllis Lambert
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal

Gregg Pasquarelli
SHOP Architects, New York

Lola Sheppard
Lateral Office, Toronto

Greg Smallenberg, Kelty McKinnon, and Alia Johnson
PFS Studio, Vancouver

Thomas Woltz
Nelson Byrd Woltz, New York

Spring 2013

Julie Bargmann
DIRT Studio, New York

Marlon Blackwell
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Bernadette Blanchon
ENSP Versailles, France

Peter Busby
Perkins+Will, San Francisco

Peter Cardew
Peter Cardew Architects, Vancouver

Yung Ho Chang
Atelier FCJZ, China

Rania Ghosn
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Carol Mayer-Reed
Mayer/Reed, Portland

Eric Miller
University of Toronto

Aranzazu Rangel
muf architecture/art, London

Francois Roche
R&Sie(n), Paris and Bangkok

Cornelia Oberlander

Marc Treib
University of California, Berkeley

Fall 2012

Dominique Alba
APUR, Paris

Henri Bava
Agence TER, Paris

David Easton
Rammed Earth Works, Napa, California

Paul Fast
Fast + Epp, Vancouver

Sean Lally
Weathers and University of Illinois

Achim Menges
University of Stuttgart

Kim Nielsen and Kasper Guldager Jorgensen
GXN, Copenhagen

Peter Osler
Illinois Institute of Technology

Blair Satterfield and Marc Swackhamer
HouMinn, Vancouver + Minneapolis

Adam Yarinsky
Architecture Research Office, New York

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 without much advance notice, and local professionals have the opportunity to showcase projects and initiatives they are involved with.