5:15pm EDT October 25, 2019

Conversations: “On Theory”

Architects once invested in developing fresh formal and aesthetic trajectories with little concern for practical application now find themselves actively engaging broader cultural and social contexts through professional practice. This expected process of maturation affords opportunities to link image making with activism, design with politics, and theoretical knowledge with practical concerns.  

Parallel to the development of emerging architects exists a resurgence of architectural theory and a formidable cast of new theoreticians organizing themselves around a curatorial project titled, Theory’s Curriculum, which suggests that assessing and rethinking the teaching of theory offers a window into larger problems facing the field of architecture today.

“Conversations: On Theory” will convene emerging designers and theoreticians to discuss the state of design and theory in pedagogy and practice, and in relation to one another. Organized by representatives from leading curatorial projects Possible Mediums (Kyle Miller) and Theory’s Curriculum (Joseph Godlewski), “Conversations: On Theory” will seek out new partnerships between designers and theoreticians as they concurrently develop new trajectories in their respective fields.


  • Joseph Bedford
    Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design
  • Tei Carpenter
    Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Daniels School of Architecture, Toronto
  • Ajay Manthripragada
    Harry K. and Albert K. Smith Visiting Critic, Rice University School of Architecture
  • Ivonne Santoyo-Orozco
    Assistant Professor, Co-Director of Architectural Studies, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY