Andrew Groarke: Making Time

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Andy Groarke is the codirector of the award-winning architectural practice Carmody Groarke, which he established with Kevin Carmody in 2006. The practice has gained global recognition for its diverse portfolio of arts, heritage, and residential projects. Groarke has more than 20 years of experience as an architect, leading the development of a number of award-winning projects, including the 7 July Memorial, Maggie's Merseyside at Clatterbridge, and Studio East Dining. Groarke has lectured and taught extensively in the U.K. and overseas at institutions including the Royal College of Art, the Bartlett (University College London). He is currently a visiting professor at the University of Sheffield and was a visiting professor at the University of Stuttgart from 2015 to 2017. His current projects include the Windermere Jetty Museum, the new Members' Room at the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Special Exhibition Gallery at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, and a new temporary museum for Charles Rennie Macintosh's Hill House in Scotland.


Carmody Groarke's experience of highly unusual projects with extremely short (or extremely long) intended life spans, has forced the firm to intervene directly with their making in a heightened way that perhaps conventional architectural commissions, which organize design and construction as distinct and separate activities, would not normally allow. Making architecture surpasses the image of an architectural idea and gives significance to overlapping discourse in its translation into material form. This has given materials and the way they are worked with a far more fundamental status in the expression of what projects can say or do. As well as an explicit awareness and direct relevance to purpose, programmatic, and technical requirements, the significance of materials is elevated beyond their objective formal results to their subjective consequences and insinuations — revealing the potential that projects may have to affect perception, behavior, and how users may interact with them. The lecture will focus on making both temporary and permanent architectural projects within the studio and the value judgments given to materials in the process.

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