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Fast Forward lecture series – Spring 2021

Alumni Abroad

With COVID-related travel restrictions still in place, Fast Forward Spring 2021 capitalises on the opportunity afforded by webinars to catch up with a series of the School of Architecture and Planning’s high-achieving alumni doing extraordinary work overseas. Developing a long list of possible speakers was easy, as we have alumni of all generations working in many exciting places. They show that a University of Auckland education in architecture and urban planning opens up a world of fascinating career pathways. Moving to a shortlist of speakers was much harder. All of those invited to participate are stars in their fields.

The format for the majority of sessions will be Q&A rather than lecture-style to tease out career development from formative experiences and student days to overseas journeys and accomplishments. We’ll ask about chasing dreams, having a plan, and the role played by luck, timing and chance encounter. We congratulate all the speakers on their careers to date, take pride in the School’s contribution to their career development, and continue to admire and celebrate their work and achievements. The Fast Forward Spring climaxes with an in-person exaugural address from alumna Professor Diane Brand reflecting on a trailblazing career and the series’ themes.

About Fast Forward

Fast Forward is the School of Architecture and Planning’s biannual lecture series. It aims to foster debate, discussion and development within the disciplines of architecture, urban design and urban planning. A well-known and respected event in the community, Fast Forward is generously sponsored by GIB® and supported by Te Kāhui Whaihanga New Zealand Institute of Architects. 10 NZRAB CPD points are available at each lecture.

Fast Forward is made possible through the generous support of GIB®

Webinar One: Julia Gatley in Conversation with Mark Wigley, Professor of Architecture and Dean Emeritus at Columbia University, New York

Tuesday 3 August, 6.30pm (NZT)

The School of Architecture and Planning is delighted to open Fast Forward Spring, Alumni Abroad, with a conversation with one of our most acclaimed alumni, Professor Mark Wigley (UoA BArch, 1979, and PhD, 1986). 

Mark has had a stellar academic career in the United States, at Princeton and Columbia Universities, and is currently Professor and Dean Emeritus at Columbia in New York. Mark is a historian, theorist and critic who explores the intersection of architecture, art, philosophy, culture and technology. His books include Konrad Wachsmann’s Television: Post-Architectural Transmissions (Sternberg Press, 2020); Passing Through Architecture: The 10 Years of Gordon Matta-Clark (Power Station of Art: 2019); Cutting Matta-Clark: The Anarchitecture Investigation (Lars Müller, 2018); Are We Human? Notes on an Archaeology of Design (written with Beatriz Colomina; Lars Müller, 2016); Buckminster Fuller Inc.: Architecture in the Age of Radio (Lars Müller, 2015); Constant’s New Babylon: The Hyper-Architecture of Desire (010 Publishers, 1998); White Walls, Designer Dresses: The Fashioning of Modern Architecture (MIT Press, 1995); and Derrida’s Haunt: The Architecture of Deconstruction (MIT Press, 1993). Mark has curated exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Drawing Center, Columbia University, Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Het Nieuwe Instituut, and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Most recently he curated “Passing Through Architecture: The 10 Years of Gordon Matta-Clark” at the Power Station of Art, Shanghai (2019-20).

Mark Wigley wearing a suit and glasses, folding his arms and smiling.


Fast Forward Autumn 2020 saw local and international experts in the field discussing the theme: Addressing Urban Growth. 
Catch up on the lecture recordings below.

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A webinar with Julie Anne Genter

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Header image of the three taiaha is courtesy of Anthony Hoete.

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