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14.09.17/ Exhibition / Chicago Architecture Biennial / Cultural Centre, Chicago

Sam Jacob Studio is participating in the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial with a project titled 'Chicago Pasticcio' More details of our project here.

05.09.17 - 17.09.17/ Auction / Joy of Living / One Poultry, London

Design journalist and author Max Fraser has invited more than 150 established and emerging designers to create a one-off artwork that expresses the 'Joy of Living', using just three pieces of differently coloured A4 paper. These exhibits will be available to view at One Poultry in the City of London between Tuesday 5 September and Sunday 10 September.

Sam has contributed a pair of pieces which you can bid on here till 6pm on Sept 17th.

13.07.17 - 19.08.17/ Exhibtion / Prototypes and Experiments / Aram Gallery, London

In tune with the gallery’s interest in how designers think, plan and communicate three-dimensionally, each exhibitor will present the process of single project. An accompanying commentary will explain the purpose of each exercise, its meaning to the final work, and how it assisted the designer with making decisions along the way.

Unique to this edition of Prototypes and Experiments is a look at architectural drawing as a form of experimentation. We asked an international selection of contemporary architects for a collage, sketch or drawing that shows how they use the medium to communicate and explore new ideas.

Participants include: Assa Ashuach, Conor Taylor, de Allegri Fogale, Fala Atelier, Ineke Hans, Jenny Banks, Louie Rigano & Gil Muller, Map Project Office, Merel Karhof & Marc Trotereau, Monadnock, MOS Architects, Opendesk, Point Supreme, Rezzan Hasoglu, Sam Jacob Studio, Samuel Wilkinson, Shin Azumi, Studio Furthermore, Theo Riviere and Zuza Mengham.

13 July – 19 August 2017

The Aram Gallery
110 Drury Lane
Covent Garden

23.07.17 / Talk / Architecture Fringe Closing Lecture / National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sam Jacob and Cath Slessor explore and discuss the infrastructural state of architecture in a world context

SUN 23 July 2017
5pm - 7pm

Main Auditorium
National Museum of Scotland
Chambers Street
Edinburgh EH1 1JF


15.06.17/ Talk / Architecture Film Club: Sam Jacob / The Lighthouse, Glasgow

As part of the exhibition Playing with Place, Pidgin Perfect is hosting a special edition of their regular Architecture Film Club.

Pidgin Perfect has invited Sam to present his practice though film clips and discussion, and the event promises to be an entertaining and enlightening experience.
All proceeds from the event will be donated to the charity Shelter.

Tickets here

13.06.17 - 14.06.17/ Talk / Milano Architecture Week

Sam is at Milano Architecture Week for three events:

13th June 17.00 / 18.30

with Mark Lee, curator of the Biennale (in video), Simona Malvezzi (Kuehn Malvezzi), Sam Jacob (Sam Jacob Studio), Pier Paolo Tamburelli (Baukuh), Giovanni Piovene (Piovenefabi)

14th June 18.30 / 19.30


20.00 / 21.00

moderator Elisa Poli with
Sam Jacob (Sam Jacob Studio),
Cristina Goberna (Fake Industries Architectural Agonism),
Ivan Pecoraro (squint/opera), Matteo Ghidoni (Salottobuono), Lorenzo Degli Esposti (Degli Esposti Architetti),
Davide Rapp ed Elisa Poli (Domus Academy / ClusterTheory)

11.05.17 / Talk / GSA & Boogertman + Partners International Lecture Series 2017: SAM JACOB / Museum of African Design

Sam is giving a talk at the Museum of African Design, Johannesburg, South Africa organised by the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg

When: 11 May at 18:00–21:00 UTC+02.
Where: MOAD, 281 Commissioner St, Johannesburg, 2094, South Africa

17.04.17 / Press / Made It Real: Sam Jacob Studio In Retrospect / Log

Such a (strange) honour! A future retrospective of Sam Jacob Studio set in 2034 by Amelia Hazinski for Log 38

16.02.17 - 01.07.17 / Exhibition / Spaces Without Drama or Surface is an illusion, but so is depth / Graham Foundation

Curated by Ruth Estévez and Wonne Ickx: LIGA–Space for Architecture, Mexico City

"Inside the theater nothing can be accidental, yet nothing can be permanently resolved either."
–Aldo Rossi

The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts is pleased to announce the opening of the exhibition Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth, curated by Wonne Ickx and Ruth Estévez.

Using historical projects as a touchstone—from 19th century toy theaters to Aldo Rossi’s Little Scientific Theater (1978), David Hockney’s set design for the Magic Flute (1977-78), and projects by Charles Moore and Emilio Ambasz—this exhibition invites contemporary practitioners to rethink the ways in which architecture is created in relationship to theatricality and how it oscillates between reality and scenography to answer questions about space, depth, context, façade, and representation.

Featuring work by architects Emilio Ambasz, baukuh, Gerardo Caballero, fala atelier, Marcelo Ferraz, Sam Jacob Studio, Johnston Marklee, Monadnock, Charles Moore, MOS Architects, Norman Kelley, OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Cecilia Puga, Aldo Rossi, Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo, Pezo Von Ellrichshausen; and artists Pablo Bronstein, David Hockney, William Leavitt, Silke Otto-Knapp, Gabriel Sierra, Batia Suter; and dramaturg Jorge Palinhos.

February 16–July 1, 2017
Graham Foundation
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610

26.12.16 / Opening / DKUK + Make It Real / DKUK

Please join us to celebrate a double-occasion: The opening of DKUK's new space designed by Sam Jacob Studio & the opening reception of 'Make It Real', an exhibition by Sam Jacob Studio
Thursday 26th January, 6.30-9pm

DKUK, Holdron's Arcade, 135a Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST

About Make It Real

Make It Real presents recent experiements in architecture and representation by Sam Jacob Studio. Through a series of objects that are part 1:1 model, part real thing Make It Real suggests that the designed world is in part fiction - and that these fictions are deeply embedded in the real world. Through t-shirts printed as building facades, soil pipes gilded in 24 carat gold, chairs made out of putty and more, the show explores design’s ambiguous position between imagination and reality.

Exhibition continues Wednesday 18th January – Sunday 12th March 2017. Open: 12-6pm

About DKUK

A new model for producing art work, DKUK combines the practical, commercial framework of a hairdressing business, with the funding support of the Arts Council England. DKUK offers artists a unique environment for showing and developing work, away from the pressure of the commercial art world and the growing complexities of the ‘publicly’ funded spaces.

About the New Space

Designed by Sam Jacob Studio, the new design for DKUK articulates its part-commercial / part-cultural hybrid model as an architectural space.

The design frames the display of art through the commercial infrastructure that supports and enables the 'culture'. At the same time, commercial references such as Slatwall wall display system are repurposed as an abstract, graphic gallery mechanism.

The act of looking is explored through the use of frames, translucencies perforations and reflections. The mirror, often the central feature of a hair salon, is used here as a spatial device, multiplying and altering the experience of the space.

08.12.16 / Talk / In defence of the demos / Art Review / Lisson Gallery

Lisson Gallery in association with ArtReview are hosting an evening of rapid-fire talks, screenings and performances staged on Ai Weiwei’s work, Fondation, a platform made from the ruins of ancient columns. In the open spirit of the Roman forum or Greek agora, a number of speakers will discuss borders, identity and people’s role in politics.

Speakers include:

Adam Broomberg, Hands off Our Revolution; Sue Clayton, I am Human – Precarious Journeys; Michaela Crimmin, Culture+Conflict; Julia Farrington, Index on Censorship; Jeremy Hutchison, Artist; Sam Jacob, Architect; Keep it Complex, Activist group; Kenan Malik, Writer and broadcaster; John Sauven, Greenpeace; Nigel Rolfe, Performance artist; Legacy Russell, Writer and curator; Fatos Ustek, Curator; Richard Wentworth, Artist

6.30pm, Thursday 8 December
Lisson Gallery, 67 Lisson Street London NW1 5BY

10-11.11.16 / Symposium / Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture at 50 / MoMA / Philadelphia Museum of Art

To mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Robert Venturi’s Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture (1966), Martino Stierli, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, and David Brownlee, the Shapiro-Weitzenhoffer Professor of the History of Art at the University of Pennsylvania, are organizing a three-day symposium on November 10, 11, and 12, 2016, bringing together international scholars and architects to discuss the significance and enduring impact of this remarkable book, published by The Museum of Modern Art 50 years ago.

Sam is participating in the Architects’ Roundtable at MoMA, Thursday, November 10 6:30–8:30 p.m along with David Brownlee, Martino Stierli, Sarah Herda, Kersten Geers, Momoyo Kaijima, Michael Meredith and more.

08.11.16 / Competition / The Thames Nocturne / Illuminated River

Our shortlisted proposal for the Illuminated River competition is now on show at the Festival Hall. Titled 'The Thames Nocturne', the proposal creates a volume of light choreographed by live data read from the Thames. The rivers tide, wave and velocity are made visible to the city, the architectural form of the bridges over the Thames seeming to wax and wane as the tide rises and falls.

The Nocturne is exhibited alongside the 5 other shortlisted teams: Adjaye Associates; A_LA; Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Leo Villareal with Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and FuturePace; Les Éclairagistes Associés with ecqi and Federico Pietrella.


The specialist boundaries between art, architecture and design keep dissolving. Architects win art prizes, artists design products and designers build bridges. We have invited architects, artists, designers and researchers to discuss new ways in which creative practitioners are working together today.

Practitioners find themselves collaborating on a range of projects including buildings, installations, products and art works. What does this changing landscape mean for architects? How can creative disciplines benefit from this knowledge sharing? Hear from Alex Coles, The Transdisciplinary Studio and Dr Catharine Rossi, Kingston University, Sam Jacob and more speakers to be announced.

Info + Tickets here
RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD

4.10.16 / Lecture / Make It Real: Architecture As Performance / MIT Architecture

Make It Real is a talk about how architecture performs things into the world. It presents an understanding of performance that goes beyond beyond professional KPI’s and building efficiencies to consider the way architecture precipitates abstract ideas into the world. Through recent projects dealing in architectural replicas and re-enactments, buildings that are simultaneously stages and performances, and objects that are as much representations as things, the talk considers architecture’s position between fiction and reality, as a mechanism by which abstract ideas become the world.

6:00 pm, Room 7-429, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.

8.8.16 / Competition / Shortlisted team for the Illuminated River

Six shortlisted teams have been announced as part of the Illuminated River competition to design a permanent light installation along the Thames. The selected finalists will now develop concept schemes for four bridges — Westminster, Waterloo, London and Chelsea — along with a design masterplan for all 17 celebrated bridges between Albert and Tower. Shortlisted firms include the David Adjaye, Amanda Levete, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Sam Jacob Studio.

8.8.16 / Exhibition / XYZ


Paul Elliman
Gemma Holt
Sam Jacob
Michael Marriott
Study O Portable
Peter Marigold

A group exhibition about the space between looking and seeing.
Through assumption, misunderstanding and speculation, we make sense of the unfamiliar things that surround us.

The 6 contributions in the exhibition considers the intriguing possibility in the interpretational function of viewing. Curated and commissioned by Workshop for Potential Design.

From 9th September 2016
Tue - Fri: 11AM - 5PM
Sat: 12AM - 3PM

Etage Projects
Borgergade 15E
DK 1300 Copenhagen

11.09.16 / Talk / 'Visions of Utopia' / Essex Architecture Weekend

Visions of Utopia presents a series of short talks that relate to the wider themes within the ESSEX Architecture Weekend talks programme, exploring the notion of utopia in either built or ideological form. Subjects include Trotskyist Summer Camps on Mersea Island, the 1973 Essex Design Guide, the imagination of postwar urban planning, and the evolution of the Dunton Plotlands.

Sunday 11 September 4pm – 6pm
Silver End Village Hall, Silver End, Witham, CM8 3RQ

Info & Tickets here

10-12.11.16 / Talk / 'Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture' at Fifty

November 10-12th, 2016, MoMA / UPenn, New York & Philadelphia

3.6.16 / Talk / EXQUISITE CORPSE: ARCHITECTURE ASSEMBLED / The Berlage / Friday, 3rd June 2016, 10am - , The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

The Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design is pleased to announce a one-day symposium entitled “Exquisite Corpse: Architecture Assembled.” Distinguished international practitioners and educators will explore the assembly of contemporary architectural production, from drawing and text to collage and montage. Inspired by the Surrealists’ cadavre exquis, they will examine and question the conventions of authorship, coherency, predictability, individualism, and composition.

Topics will include the history and theory of collage and montage; the architectural plan, from its political and administrative uses to its technical and generative manifestations; drawing as both a reflective and projective tool; the interrelations between text, image, and narration; the influence of everyday routines of architectural design and culture; the architectural drawing in the age of outsourcing; and post-digital representation and new forms of architectural projection.

Participants will include Craig Buckley, Stefano De Martino, Alejandra Celedón Forster, Gabriele Mastrigli, Martino Tattara, Sam Jacob, principal, Sam Jacob, Samuel Stewart-Halevy, and Elia Zenghelis.

Co-convened by Amir Djalali, Hamed Khosravi, Francesco Marullo, the symposium is organized in collaboration with the Chair of Public Building. It is the second public event celebrating the Berlage’s twenty-five-year commitment of creating a climate of intellectual inquiry and considered involvement with the issues and debates that define the discipline and production of the built environment.

27.5.16 / Talk / San Rocco New Five Year Plan / San Rocco / Friday, May 27, at 6:30 pm, Associazione Culturale Spiazzi, Castello 3865, Venice

We are happy to announce that our first Five-Year Plan was a complete success. San Rocco achieved all its objectives. It established a new framework for contemporary discussion on architecture, it indoctrinated its fair share of fanatics, it definitely re-established the cool things as cool things and finally chastised the stupidity of stupid things. So, there is no reason for San Rocco anymore! Comrades, we won! Now the only danger is not to understand it.
The reality is: we won; we are left without enemies and there is no reason to insist with the old stuff. So – as much as we might dislike it – we need to change. And, let’s admit it, after a while things start to get boring.

So, in order not be boring, San Rocco will become even more boring. Therefore there will be only two more issues (nr. 14 “66” and nr. 15 “Muerte”), and then San Rocco will move to books.
In the next five years San Rocco will start three different series of books on architecture:

1) a series of monographs on architects, provisionally titled “12 Projects” and made of a collection of only 12 projects by each selected architect,

2) a series of short biographies combined in couples (somehow written in the manner of Vasari’s Lives and at the same time combined in the manner of Plutarch’s Parallel Lives), provisionally called “Le Vite”,

3) an encyclopaedia of cities, based on the example of Benevolo’s Le città nella storia d’Italia, and trying to provide a basic knowledge of the urban development of cities around the world, provisionally called “The Universal History of Cities”.

30.5.16 / Talk / Virtual Space – The Future Of The Real World / FUTURE ARTEFACTS / Monday, 30th May 2016, 7pm, Ace Hotel Shoreditch, 100 Shoreditch High St, London E1.

The first in a series of talks by FUTURE ARTEFACTS, where we will look at the way that architecture and the products we use will be affected once we can live inside virtual worlds.
Sam Jacob [Sam Jacob Studio]
Melodie Leung [Zaha Hadid Architects]
Carl Smith [Ravensbourne research fellow]

24.5.16 / Talk / Digital In Design – Exploring New Possibilities / Clerkenwell Design Week / Tuesday, 24 May 2016, 12:30 to 13:30, The Goldsmiths' Centre - 42 Britton Street, London, EC1M 5AD.

As 3D printing and other new technologies become more familiar, what effect does this have on the design process? How can we harness these technologies in new ways to create new possibilities in design? Architect Sam Jacob, Heatherwick Studio’s head of digital making Jeff Powers, and Anab Jain, founder of Superflux discuss. Rob Lindsay of Curated 3D-printable community site, MyMiniFactory, joins the discussion to discuss how 3D printing is transforming the way brands produce design. Chaired by Corinna Gardner, Curator of Contemporary Product Design at Victoria and Albert Museum. Tickets £5 (+ booking fees)

28.4.16 / Talk / Figures, Creatures, Characters—One Day with John Hejduk / ETH Zürich / Thursday, April 28th, 1pm — 6.30 pm, ETH Hönggerberg, HIL, in the gta-exhibitions space. John Hejduk had a long and constructive history with Bernhard Hoesli and the Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture (gta), leading him to credit the ETH Zürich as his “European base”. In an attempt to bring him here once more, we will hold a one-day symposium on April 28, 2016 to discuss the work of John Hejduk and its influence upon subsequent generations of European architects. How is Hejduk received or interpreted? Which aspects of his work are useful, inspiring, or irritating?

For a transatlantic discussion, we will host K. Michael Hays from Harvard’s GSD as our American representative. Hays has been instrumental in interpreting and theorizing Hejduk’s work, so we would like to put him in conversation with several European architects and scholars whose work, thinking or teaching bears an affinity or, possibly, an aversion to the work of John Hejduk.

1.4.16 / Project / Ivy Street / Planning granted for our mixed use scheme in London's Hoxton.

11.15 / Project / MK Menhier / Milton Keynes / Installation of MK Menhier completes on Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes.

4.11.15 / Talk / David Batchelor, Sam Jacob and Will Nash in Conversation with Rebecca Heald / MK Gallery / Four distinguished artists commissioned by MK Council and MK Gallery with funding from Arts Council England have been invited to make public art in response to the iconic Porte Cocheres and covered walkways in Central Milton Keynes. Three of the artists will be at MK Gallery on the evening of Wednesday 4 November for a talk timed to coincide with the installation of their new works in the city centre. David Batchelor, Sam Jacob and Will Nash will be In Conversation with Rebecca Heald, a curator and Royal College of Art lecturer, providing a unique insight into their respective practices, and the ideas that lie behind their latest, sculptural installations.

11.15 / Publication / The World of Charles and Ray Eames Catalogue / Barbican / Thames & Hudson / Charles and Ray Eames are among the most important designers of the 20th century, and the story of the Eames Office is that of visual and material culture in the post-war, modern period.

The World of Charles and Ray Eames charts the history of their inspiring and prolific world and brings together key works and ideas explored at the Eames Office throughout its extraordinary history.

Alongside newly commissioned texts by leading design experts, The World of Charles and Ray Eames includes contemporaneous reviews and magazine articles, writings by Charles and Ray Eames themselves, personal correspondence and a comprehensive reference section.

13.11.15 / Event / Imaginary Worlds at the Chicago Biennial / USC School of Architecture / Join the Biennial for a night of architecture, food, drinks, music—and comics! Galleries will stay open late. Doors open at 5:30. Event begins at 6:15. Limited seating available. Two cartoonists (Edie Fake and Keiler Roberts) and two architects from UIC School of Architecture (Ania Jaworska and Sam Jacob) discuss the depiction of space and time and the representation of worlds real and imagined, among other links between comics and architecture. Following this conversation, moderated by comics scholar Brian Cremins, Neil Brideau, cartoonist and organizer for CAKE (Chicago Alternative Comics Expo), will lead a live comics-making workshop.

11.11.15 / Lecture / USC School of Architecture / GUEST LECTURE: SAM JACOB - "STRANGE HARVEST"
November 11, 2015
Time: 6:00pm
Gin D. Wong, FAIA Conference Center, Harris Hall, USC, Los Angeles

9.11.15 / Lecture / RSA Relevance Lecture: Sam Jacob / Rice School of Architecture / The Fall 2015 RSA Cullinan Lecture Series: Relevance presents Sam Jacob, Founder of Sam Jacob Studio and Professor at UIC. "Only Connect" lecture begins at 5:30pm.

27.10.15 / Event / Late Tuesday: Good Taste / Bad Taste / RIBA / RIBA hosts a special evening exploring architectural taste, manners, trend setters and pace makers with a special programme of talks, events, performance, film and music.

10.6.15 / Talk / Career Format / AA / MARTINO GAMPER and SAM JACOB presents the Career Formats of furniture maker GEORGE NAKASHIMA, publisher/designer/distiller CHRISTOPH KELLER, punk icon JOHNNY ROTTEN and Archigram co-founder DAVID GREENE. Architectural Association, London.

Format Guests: Brett Steele, Sam Jacob, Martino Gamper-Studio, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Irma Boom, Cecile B Evans and Gianluigi Ricuperati.

10.6.15 / Event / Station to Station / Barbican / Collaboration with graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge for his Station to Station / Doug Aitkin residency.
26.6.15 / Talk / Art Is Good For You / William Morris Exhumed, V&A / Jeremy Deller and Sam Jacob explore the influence of Morris on their work today, and his place in history as an icon of an alternative way of life.

24.6.15 / Talk / Once the State, Then the Market, Now What?, Central Saint Martins / with Melissa Dillon (Camden Council), Daniel Hill (Peabody Group), Lev Kerimol (Our London), Dick van Gameren (Mecanoo Architects), Dr Michelle Provoost

22.6.15 / Talk / LFA KEYNOTE TALK 2015: THE CHANGING FACE OF WORKSPACE, RIBA / with Grant Gibson, Linda Morey-Burrows, Jeremy Myerson, Nikil Saval

23.3.15 / Publication / Designing Democracy , Design Commission / Featuring essays from leading designers, MPs and policymakers, 'Designing Democracy' asks what contribution design could make to improving both participation in the democratic process and communication between electors, those who seek election, and those who have been elected.

18.3.15 / Talk / Pursuit of Brilliance, Its Nice That / HTC event with Nicolas Roope (Poke), Lucy McRae & HTC's creative director for industrial design Daniel Hundt

12.2.15 / Talk / Keynote Speaker, New Zealand Institute of Architecture Conference 2015

2.12.14 / Talk / The Englishness of English Architecture, RIBA

Discussion with Simon Thurley, historian, novelist and presenter Lucy Inglis and Nickolaus Pevsner biographer Susie Harries.

25.11.14 / Q&A / Interview with Core 77 Core 77

16.10.14 / Talk / A Clockwork Jerusalem: UK Book Launch, Architectural Association

12.10.14 / Talk / A Clockwork Jerusalem: Planning and the British Psyche, Folkestone Triennial

Sam Jacob, Wouter Vantisphout and Kieran Long in conversation

9.10.14 / Talk / A Clockwork Jerusalem - In Conversation, MK Gallery

A Clockwork Jerusalem - Sam Jacob, Wouter Vantisphout and Kieran Long in conversation

5.4.14–4.1.14 / Exhibition / Chicagoisms, Art Institute Chicago

This exhibition surveys Chicago’s rich urban history and explores contemporary approaches to five Chicagoisms—key historical principles that have powered the city’s distinctive evolution.

Group Show with: Bureau Spectacular, DOGMA, MVDRV, Organization for Permanent Modernity, PORT, Sam Jacob, UrbanLab, Weathers, and WW.

17.7.14 / Talk / Art Review Live, Art Review

This event brings together the editors and several contributors to the Graham-funded book Chicagoisms: The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation, which interrogates Chicago’s history of fomenting and transmitting radical architectural and urban visions.

With: Alexander Eisenschmidt, Jonathan Mekinda, Penelope Dean, Ellen D. Grimes, Mark Linder.

Tickets available here

13.6.14 / Talk / Here 2014, Royal Geographical Society

Here London is returning to the beautiful settings of the Royal Geographical Society on Friday 13 June 2014! The one-day symposium will once again bring together a vast array of the most exciting creative talent from the UK and abroad for inspirational talks exploring process and ideas across the art and design world.

We’re thrilled to announce that this year’s speakers will include Los Angeles-based visual artist Eric Yahnker, graphic designers Mirko Borsche and Marina Willer, artist / direction duo Lernert & Sander, photographer Ewen Spencer, architect and critic Sam Jacob, menswear designers Agi & Sam, illustrator and author Marion Deuchars and The Gentlewoman’s editor-in-chief Penny Martin.

19.5.14 / Talk / Casts, Copies & the Dissemination of Design Ideas, Soane Museum

Part of the Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess - Public Lecture Series. Sir John Soane used plaster casts along with 1:1 scale architectural fragments as important teaching tools within his Museum. What potential does the process of copying offer today’s designers? How can we intelligently and creatively deal with intellectual property issues? Join us as we examine how “the copy” has been used to recycle and blend ideas from the past, and the intriguing possibilities offered by contemporary technologies.

Adriano Aymonino, academic
Simon Fujiwara, artist
Sam Jacob, architect, writer and curator
Chair: Abraham Thomas, Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum

Tickets available here

5.4.14 / Talk / Chicagoisms: The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation, Graham Foundation

This event brings together the editors and several contributors to the Graham-funded book Chicagoisms: The City as Catalyst for Architectural Speculation, which interrogates Chicago’s history of fomenting and transmitting radical architectural and urban visions.

With: Alexander Eisenschmidt, Jonathan Mekinda, Penelope Dean, Ellen D. Grimes, Mark Linder.

4.3.14 / Talk / Reinventing Our Town Centres, EcoBuild

Our town centres are declining for many reasons. It is probably too simplistic to blame internet shopping or out of town retail. Quick fixes and a lick of paint are not the answer. We need to consider urban life beyond retail and the time has come to look at our 'high streets' and town centres differently? What is the new model? How can we make places for people to come together - what are the new uses and what are the new ways to pay for them? This session looks at the physical interventions that can be made to enhance social and economic improvements.

Sam Jacob, Sam Jacob Studio
Simon Courage, Head of One Planet Sutton, Bioregional
Richard Upton, Chief Executive, Cathedral Group
Ben Hamilton-Baillie, Hamilton Baillie Associates

More Info Here

Tickets available here

14.1.14 / Event / External Examiner, KTH School of Architecture, Stockholm

7.12.13 / Event / New World Order at the Rest Is Noise, Southbank Centre

The unveiling of the new Guggenheim museum in Bilbao in 1996 set a global trend for iconic cultural buildings to become catalysts for urban regeneration. A discussion assessing the cult of the ‘starchitect’, the concept of arts-led regeneration and whether a more sober, austere aesthetic might emerge as the West confronts new economic realities. With Sam Jacob, Douglas Murphy and Beatrice Galilee.

Audio link

12.12.13 / Opinion / Understanding The Psychology Of Home

Published in
"Homes are more than places to live in. They might keep the rain off our heads but they also house a whole host of other issues, things that resonate with us on a deep and symbolic level, a kind of physical manifestation of all our hopes and fears.

That’s why when architects are commissioned to design someone’s home, they are also hired to perform a range of way more occult services. You’re there as much to interpret a client’s dreams, intuit their desires, divine their relationships, personalities and attempt to materialise these things into the very fabric of their surroundings ... More

28.11.13 / Opinion / Climate Change & Christmas Decorations / Dezeen

Opinion: Sam Jacob argues that as climate change pushes the reality of winter further from the idealised version that appears in Christmas decorations, they begin to represent "a hangover of a vanishing idea remade through other technologies.


18.10.13 / Opinion / Designing London's Roads / Dezeen

Opinion: As a sixth cyclist dies in London in two weeks, Sam Jacob argues that roads should be designed "in a way that incorporates intelligence as well as brute engineering" and asks:" "Who is the city for?"


21.10.13 / Event / In Pursuit of Architecture, MoMA

Log presents In Pursuit of Architecture
A conference on buildings and ideas
Saturday, September 21, 2013, 10AM–5PM
The Museum of Modern Art
New York, New York
To mark its 10th anniversary and 29th issue, Log presents In Pursuit of Architecture, a conference featuring recent built work selected from an open, international call for submissions. Join architects and critics for a daylong discussion of architectural ideas, what it takes to build them, and how we measure the cultural value of architecture.