The upcoming Bond University Architecture Lecture Series will feature award-winning architect and founder of Los Angeles-based design studio Bureau Spectacular, Jimenez Lai. Being held at the Australian Institute of Architects in Brisbane on 15 September, the free public lecture will have the internationally renowned architect discussing his unconventional work as well as Bureau Spectacular's unique approach to telling stories through architecture.
The Bond University Architecture Lecture Series comprises a series of free events hosted by practitioners and academics, each helping to investigate the definition and boundaries of architectural practice.
An Assistant Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Architecture, Lai has received numerous accolades for his work, including the New York Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and the Debut Award at the Lisbon Triennale 2013. His work has been published and exhibited around the world, with the White Elephant included in the collection at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, New York.
Some of his career highlights include the Taiwan Pavilion at the 14th Venice Architectural Biennale exhibition and a 52-foot tall object for the 2016 Coachella Valley Music Festival.
Bond University Assistant Professor of Architecture, Chris Knapp said that having Lai speak as part of the lecture series provided an opportunity for those interested in architecture and design to be inspired by an internationally recognised practitioner.
He explained that Jimenez Lai's Bureau Spectacular represented a group of creative individuals who practiced architecture through the study of multiple disciplines embracing crossroads between human conversations. He is confident that Lai will provide an interesting perspective on the modern architectural landscape and, with his individualist approach gaining worldwide attention, will leave an impression on those who attend.
Lai's presentation will be held on Thursday, September 15 at the Australian Institute of Architects in Brisbane. Parking will be available at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, directly opposite on Merivale Street.
The event is open to the public and free of charge, however registration is essential.