Lectures by Architect Vladimir Slapeta

Thursday, October 17, 2013, 6 - 8pm
Thursday, October 24, 2013, 6 - 8pm
Thursday, October 31, 2013, 6 - 8pm

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Ladislav Žák—Family House at the BABA Wewrkbund estate, Prague 1932

Ladislav Žák—Family House at the BABA Wewrkbund estate, Prague 1932

Vladimir Šlapeta will present three lectures at The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture during the month of October. 

October 17  |  Functionalism in Czechoslovakia 1918-1939. Introduction by Antony Vidler.

October 24  |  Hans Scharoun: Early Works 1911-1945

October 31  |  New Architecture in Brno

All lectures held in Room F315 at 6PM

Vladimír Šlapeta, Hon FAIA, graduated from the Czech University of Technology in Prague. From 1973-91 he was Head of the Architecture Collection of the National Museum of Technology in Prague, where he organized a series of exhibitions: The Brno Functionalists in Helsinki, 1983; Czech Functionalism 1918-1938 at the AA in London; and Czech Cubism at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York and the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal. After the Velvet Revolution in 1989 he became Dean of the Architecture Faculty in Prague from 1991–97 and again from 2003-2006, and later in Brno from 2006-2010. He is a Fellow of the Akademie der Kuenste in Berlin, where he served as Deputy Director of the Architecture Department from 1997-2006. He is the author or co-author of more than 30 books on architecture of the 20th century in Central Europe.



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