The Wolfson Architecture and Society Lecture Series kicks off this week with Dark Satanic Towns. The first of five lectures over this academic year, it will look closely at the question: Why are today’s buildings as they are, and why do we no longer build as did our great-grandfathers, or as those who hanker for thatch and traditional styles would have us build?
Speaker Alan Berman Dip. Arch. RIBA. started his architectural practice in 1978 after studying at Cambridge and University College London. Moving to Oxford, he co-founded the well-known practice Berman Guedes Stretton. Berman's skill in sensitively designing new buildings in historic contexts is widely recognised and many of the practice's buildings have won awards.
He now acts as design consultant to Berman Guedes Stretton, and is also architectural advisor to a number of Oxford colleges. Berman has a particular interest in British post-war architecture, about which he has written in books and architecture journals.
The Wolfson Architecture and Society Lecture Series will form the core of a book by Berman which will trace the loss of modernist architecture's driving vision and suggest that architecture today is in terminal decline.