Public lecture by Mari Hvattum

Nordic Perspectives lecture series 23 March

Join us when Oslo-based architect Mari Hvattum contribute to the international lecture series Nordic Perspectives with the lecture Nordic Doubts.

When: Thursday 23 March at 15.00
Where: Aarhus School of Architecture, Main Auditorium, Nørreport 22, 8000 Aarhus C

The lecture is public and free of charge.

About Mari Hvattum

Mari Hvattum (born 1966) is one of Scandinavia’s leading scholars of architecture history and theory. She received a diploma in architecture from the NTNU Trondheim in 1993 and studied philosophy and aesthetics at the University of Bergen. In 1994, she received a Master of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, followed by a PhD from the same institution in 1999.


Mari Hvattum

She became internationally acclaimed with her Cambridge University Press book from 2004, Gottfried Semper and the Problem of Historicism, seeking to re-establish Gottfried Semper’s and other 19th-century theoreticians’ importance for the understanding of late modern architecture.

Mari Hvattum’s most recent book Hva er Arkitektur (What Is Architecture) ought to be on the syllabus of any architecture school, just as books like Steen Eiler Rasmussen’s Experiencing Architecture and Juhani Pallasmaa’s The Eyes of the Skin.

With her profound and thoroughly researched essays on architectural matters, Hvattum has often set the agenda for debates, like e.g. the essay from 2010 The Tyranny of Place, in which she argues against the idea of “genius loci” as a fixed idea about the true ‘essence’ of place. Instead of being a static unity, she views place as a “dynamic place in action” that can be “liberating and contribute to a new interpretation, rather than writing of the local”.

Mari Hvattum holds a position as professor of architecture history and theory at AHO Oslo, but she has also taught at the AA School of Architecture, London University; the Mackintosh School of Architecture and University of Strathclyde, both in Glasgow; the University of Edinburgh; and the Central European University of Prague.