Keynote Lecture / Adrian Forty (The Bartlett School of Architecture)
Adrian Forty concluded the first day of the Léon Stynen conference with the keynote lecture 'On Becoming a Modernist Architect'.
The lecture looked at how some of Stynen’s European contemporaries adapted to the advent of modernism. Léon Stynen belonged to a generation of architects, born around 1900, who qualified in the early 1920s. At the very moment of their entry into the profession, they found that much of what they had learnt had, suddenly, been made redundant by the advent of modernism. For architects of this generation, their early years of practice were ones of, sometimes, painful adjustment – with varying effects on their subsequent careers.
Listen here to the keynote lecture by Adrian Forty and the talk afterwards with Tom Avermaete and Christoph Grafe
The keynote lecture was part of the conference Architecture and professionalism: New approaches to the work of Léon Stynen and his international contemporaries.
Adrian Forty is Professor Emeritus of Architectural History at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, where he founded the Masters programme in Architectural History. He was educated at the University of Oxford, where he studied Modern History, and he took a Masters degree in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, before joining the then named School of Environmental Studies at UCL in 1973. He is the author of Objects of Desire (1986), of Words and Buildings, a Vocabulary of Modern Architecture (2000), and his latest book Concrete and Culture, a Material History, was published in 2012. He coedited, with Suzanne Kuechler, The Art of Forgetting (1999), and with Elisabetta Andreoli, Brazil’s Modern Architecture (2004). He was the President of the European Architectural History Network 2010-14. In 2012, he was appointed Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. In 2016, he was the Louis Kahn Scholar in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. In 2017, he was awarded the Sarton Medal in the History of Sciences by the University of Gent.