Lectures

Robert Adam, Hugh Petter and George Saumarez Smith regularly lecture on traditional architecture and urbanism. Their lectures are informative, lively, full of illustrations to explain the topic and encourage interaction from the audience. Many of these lectures can include some examples of the director's work to illustrate the topic or argument.

For more information on these lectures or if you would like to organise for a director to visit and give a lecture, contact the relevant director directly on 01962 843843 or via email to contact@adamarchitecture.com.

Lectures topics by director:

Lecture topics by Robert Adam

Defining Tradition
An in-depth analysis of tradition, drawing on theories of collective memory, neo-Darwinism, dual inheritance theory and archaeology.

Heritage, Humanity and Memory
Heritage as part of the collective memory of the community

Globalisation and Architecture
An analysis of globalisation as the most significant current social, political and economic phenomenon and its impact on architecture and urban design

The Local and the Global: the New Face of Tradition
How globalisation has transformed the idea of what is local and the new concept of tradition

History is Dangerous
A discussion on the miss-use of history in architectural theory

The Glass City
The history of glass as an ideal architectural material in the 20th century and its relevance today

The Classical Orders
An overview of the classical architectural orders, the essential element of all classical design, in a broad historical perspective

Classical Architecture and the Modern World
An analysis of classical architecture as a distinct expression of modernity

Traditional Architecture and Urbanism since 1945
The survival and revival of traditional architecture and urbanism in the context of the events of the time

Post-War Classicism
A history of new classical architecture since the Second World War

A Traditional Place to Live
The new traditional design and urbanism in its historical perspective

The Country House: Past, Present and Future
A history of the country house in Britain and an analysis of what drives the new fashion in country houses

The Modern Classical Country House
New classical country houses by Robert Adam Architects in an historical context

Four Principles of Urbanism
Traditional urban design theory based on space, time, complexity and sustainability

Urban Layers: the Fourth Dimension
Time and urbanism and the consideration of relative time in urban design

Heritage in Action
The use of heritage in modern design

English Georgian Architecture
The stylistic range of architecture from 1714 to 1837 in a social and political perspective

The work of Robert Adam
A review of Robert Adam’s buildings and master plans set in the context of his theoretical writing


Videos of lectures given by Robert Adam

Robert Adam talks about 'The Chicago Tradition In Architecture' at the Driehaus Foundation Symposium

Robert Adam talks about 'Defining Tradition' at a debate organised by the Traditional Architecture Group in June 2010 at University of Notre Dame in London



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Lecture topics by Hugh Petter

Workshop: Introduction to Classical Design and Architectural Detailing

Back to the Future
Archaeology and innovation in the building of Roma Capitale

Continuity and change
The evolving classical tradition

The rediscovery of more sustainable principles of development

Traditional architecture
An overview of progressional developments in the late 20th Century in Britain

From Cottage to Library
An introduction to some fundamental principles of architectural design

Architecture and Sculpture
Proportion and adornment in modern monumentalism

Lecture topics by George Saumarez Smith

Palladio & English Palladianism
The legacy of Andrea Palladio from his lifetime to the present day

Simple Classical Details
An introduction to the classical language of architecture

Lettering & Architecture - The Letter 'A'
Tracing the similarities of classical typography and architecture

The History of the English Terraced House
The evolution of the terraced house during the Victorian age, illustrated by examples in Winchester, Hampshire

General lecture topics

The work of ADAM Architecture
A review of the wide ranging traditional designs from the Directors of ADAM Architecture