MULTISTORY* Spring 16/17 Line-up

We’re delighted to announce our extraordinary MULTISTORY* 2016/2017 spring line up of open lectures. We kick things off with a double header with Will Alsop, our Professor of Architecture on Tuesday January 10th and Alex Ely of Mæ on Thursday January 12th, both at 1800.

This year, our speakers range from writers, art collectives, academics and architectural historians as well as architects, urban designers and engineers.

MULTISTORY* lectures run from 1800-1900 on Thursday evenings in the Architecture Foyer at UCA Canterbury, unless stated otherwise. There is always a bar for good discussion and debate before and after. Details for each event are posted here in advance.

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MULTISTORY* is an alumni and student led initiative within the school. All events are free and open to all.

SPRING 2016/2017


RIBA Stirling Prize winning Architect, Artist & Urban Designer.

Tuesday 10th January 2017 6pm

Alex Ely // Mæ

Mæ, a London office of architects, urban designers and researchers. Led by Alex Ely, former Head of Sustainable Communities at CABE, Mæ design buildings that seek to address today’s urban, social and environmental challenges.

Alex is a CABE Built Environment Expert, a member of the GLA’s and LLDC’s Review Panels and the RIBA's Housing Policy Group. He is a frequent public speaker at national and international urban and design forums.

Thursday 12th January 2017 6pm


Adrian Friend is the Founding Director of Friend and Company, a RIBA Educator and taught and lectured throughout the UK along with writing for leading design and architecture publications.

Thursday 26th January 2017 6pm

Kyle Buchanan // ARCHIO

Kyle Buchanan, an Architect and post-graduate tutor at the Bartlett, is Director of Archio, a London based office specialising in housing and public buildings.

Thursday 2nd February 2017 6pm

Barbara Penner // WRITER & TEACHER

Barbara is a senior lecturer in Architectural History and Director of Research and of the PhD Architectural History & Theory programme.

Barbara is author of Bathroom (Reaktion, 2013; Awarded the RIBA President’s Award for Outstanding University Located Research) and as well as teaching and writing, Barbara serves as a member of the editorial boards for many architectural journals.

Thursday 9th February 2017 6pm

Crystal Bennes // ARTIST

Crystal is a artist, writer, researcher, academic and curator.

Thursday 16th February 2017 6pm


Gem is an educator at the University of Brighton for Interior Architecture, editor for EDGEcondition, an architectural periodical and a published author of ‘Don’t Get a Job…Make a Job’ (2016).

Thursday 9th March 2017 6pm

Michael Benedikt // VISITING PROFESSOR

Michael is the UCA School of Architecture Visiting Professor from the University of Texas.

Thursday 16th March 2017 6pm

Maria Smith // INTERROBANG

Maria is part of Interrobang, a transdisciplinary architecture and engineering practice founded in 2015.
Interrobang seeks to create meaningful interventions in the built environment through collaboration and critically, adventurous attitudes to problem solving.
Maria, formerly part of Studio Weave, is an award winning designer and writer and co-founded Turncoats, a series of Architectural debates.

Thursday 23rd March 2017 6pm

Thomas Bryans // IF DO

IF DO is an architecture and design practice dedicated to creating projects with a positive impact on users, the environment and the surrounding community.
Thomas, prior to IF DO has worked around the world in architectural offices, in addition, he has directed a number of design and craft collaborations projects in Ireland, working with O’Donnell + Tuomey.

He has also written extensively on issues of architecture and sustainability for the RIBA.

Thursday 30th March 2017 6pm