Multistory Lecture by
Amin Taha

Thursday 23 November


A brief introduction to Vasari and Winckelmann will explain the late C18th loss and separation of knowledge in material technologies and arguably ethics from drawing and aesthetics in architecture. The resultant and perennial questions of architectural “styles” begun a generation later during early C19th by Botticher and Semper in their search for meaning behind “beautiful facades”. The “homo faber” of Sennett’s craftsmen linked to Protagoras, from whom the title is badly paraphrased. But whose ethical framework? Given forty-five minutes, at least beginning with climate change. Both research and built examples using EN15978 as a guide to substitute high with low embodied carbon materials and operation. Optimistically taking construction from a 40% contributor of atmospheric carbon to a sequestration industry.

Amin Taha was born in Berlin, studied at the University of Edinburgh, is settled in London where he is the current chairperson at GROUPWORK, an employee ownership trust of architects. He is an assistant lecturer at the Royal College of Art, a visiting tutor at Harvard, trustee of the Sir John Soane Museum and chair of the Soane Medal. GROUPWORK’s completed works by the practice have been twice shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize, “noted for their poetic outcomes while always tackling ethical questions”.

Multistory is a public lecture series organised by the School of Architecture and Design at UCA Canterbury. The Autumn/Winter series is focused on ENERGY. Framed by the climate emergency, speakers will explore architecture and design's response to this challenge, rethinking approaches to energy in the design, production and use of buildings, objects, and things.


November 30th

December 7th

Lectures run from 17:30 on Thursday evenings in the Architecture Foyer at UCA Canterbury, unless otherwise stated. Multistory is free and open to all.