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A year after the death of Dalibor Vesely, we are holding a one-day conference on the legacy of his teaching and learning.  Emmanuel College in Cambridge is generously providing the venue, and the date is Monday, 11 April 2016. The day is organised into three panel sessions: The History and Philosophy of Architecture, Design and the European City, and Legacy, New Horizons.  Panellists have been drawn from former colleagues and students; but the sessions are imagined to be large-scale 'seminars', with substantial discussion among the Panellists and with the audience.

Dr Dalibor Vesely was born in Prague where he studied Architecture and Art History.  With Joseph Rykwert, he created an MPhil course on the history and Philosophy of Architecture at the University of Essex. This course later moved to the Department of Architecture at Cambridge where it became a mainstay of postgraduate teaching and learning. Exploring phenomenology and hermeneutics in the thinking and practice of architecture and its place in cities, Vesely’s teaching linked design studio and research; his MPhil seminar in Cambridge was the crucial factor in this. Vesely’s interests included the poetics and hermeneutics of architecture and his research and publications reflect a systematic attempt to restore the humanistic understanding of architecture. He is author of Architecture in the Age of Divided Representation (MIT Press, 2004), winner of the CICA Bruno Zevi Book Award. In Cambridge, he was a Fellow of Emmanuel College.

Participation in the conference will be free of charge, but one must register in advance on Eventbrite. For registration, please go to:

** Once on the Eventbrite site, click on REGISTER to reserve your free ticket.

We look forward to seeing you there.


Organisers:        Peter Carl
                            Eric Parry
                            Wendy Pullan


Click here for full conference details and papers.

To donate to the Dalibor Vesely fund click here.

Monday, 11 April, 2016 - 09:00 to 18:00
Event location: 
Queen’s Building, Emmanuel College, Cambridge