Alice Rawsthorn & Sophie Hicks in conversation, chaired by Manijeh Verghese

The fluid, repeatedly changing relationship between art, design and architecture is examined by the influential author and journalist, Alice Rawsthorn, and by Sophie Hicks, dynamic AA-trained architect, designer and developer.

In very different guises, architects, designers and artists have long explored this relationship and sought to define its terms, query the respective roles and turn the different elements to their own advantage, whereas current architects design and work eagerly with artists and designers. Recently too, it has been argued that architecture is not an art, and design should not be confused with art.

In conversation, this tangled but important relationship and its implications will be addressed, while Sophie will trace its impact on her own work, which began in fashion design. This conversation is part of the AA XX 100 lecture series.

Leading up to the centenary of women at the Architectural Association in 2017, over the next three years, a series of lectures, organised by AA XX 100, will draw different generations, disciplines and voices into the AA conversation. Through presentations, dialogue and debate, the series will highlight and challenge the concerns and values of the profession from a theorised gendered perspective which recognises the inclusive and collaborative nature of architecture, while serving as a catalyst for bigger ideas and a wider discussion of women in architecture.

The series will feature prominent practitioners from contemporary global architecture and urbanism, as well as articulate the substantial contribution that AA women have made in the last 100 years, creating engaging conversations between past and present, men and women, staff and students.

AA XX 100 Lecture Series
Date: Tuesday 17 February 2015
Venue: Architectural Association Lecture Hall
Running time: 89 mins

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