Kelly Shannon, of OSA Urbanism & Architecture at the University of Leuven (Belgium), will speak at THE FIRST SESSION OF THE 2018 UQ ARCHITECTURE LECTURE SERIES.

Kelly received her architecture degree at Carnegie-Mellon University (Pittsburgh), a post-graduate degree at the Berlage Institute (Amsterdam), and a PhD at the University of Leuven, where she focused on landscape to guide urbanisation in Vietnam. She currently teaches urbanism at the Department of Architecture, University of Leuven. She has also taught at the University of Colorado (Denver), Harvard’s GSD, University of Southern California, Peking University and The Oslo School of Architecture and Design amongst others.

Before entering academia, Shannon worked with Hunt Thompson (London), Mitchell Giurgola Architects (New York), Renzo Piano Building Workshop (Genoa) and Gigantes Zenghelis (Athens). Most of her work focuses on the evolving relation of landscape, infrastructure and urbanization. In 2010, she co-authored (with Marcel Smets) The Contemporary Landscape of Infrastructure (NAi Rotterdam): she is co-editor of the book series UFO: Explorations of Urbanism (Park Books, Zurich) and was editor of the Journal of Landscape Architecture (JoLA) from 2010-15.

Kelly’s lecture on Tuesday 13 March is entitled Adaptive Blue / Green Structures to Respond to Climate Change: Belgium, United States and Vietnam. Learn more about Kelly in this quick Q+A!

Tell us a little about your background, and what originally led you to architecture? 

I am educated as an architect in the US but have been primarily living in Europe for 20+ years with my design research primarily based in Asia.

I was led to architecture and urbanism through a desire to engage with politics and the changing built environment.

What principles inform your work? 

Extensive fieldwork and understanding of socio-cultural appropriation of sites

In what way do you think your work responds to the lecture series theme ‘in-terre-vention’? 

As urbanism projects, my work seeks to address social and environmental justice across scales

Where do you find design inspiration?

In the visible and invisible readings of specific sites

What are your top three favourite design books?

Klein, Naomi (2015) This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate, Simon & Schuster

Purdy, Jedediah (2015) After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene, Harvard University Press

Wilson, EO (2016) Half Earth: Our Planet’s Fight for Earth, W.W. Norton & Company

Photo Credit:
Cover image: Mekong Delta Vision to 2050 by Kelly Shannon
Image 1: Kelly Shannon
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