Jesús Vassallo of Rice University is presenting a lecture titled “Housing Work” as part of the Gibbs Spring 2022 Goff Lecture Series. Jesús is among the 2021-2022 Bruce Goff Chairs of Creative Architecture at the University of Oklahoma.
The lecture will take place April 25th at 2:00p.m. in the Gould Hall Buskuhl Gallery. The talk will explore how the design of housing is both universal and contingent on context. Housing design is universal in the sense that it is highly technical and regulated, and contingent to the extent that it is deeply affected by the cultural, climatic and economic conditions of its setting. In this lecture, Jesús will explain a series of recent international housing projects through such dual lens, with special attention to how local conditions elicit different responses from the architect.
Jesús Vassallo is a Spanish architect and writer, and currently an associate professor at Rice University. His work focuses on the problem of realism in architecture through the production of design and scholarship. He is the author of Seamless: Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Contemporary Architecture (Park Books, 2016) and recently completed his second manuscript titled Epics in the Everyday. His articles have been published internationally in magazines such as El Croquis, AA Files, 2G, Log, Harvard Design Magazine, Domus, or Arquitectura Viva. Since 2011 he serves as editor of Circo magazine.