March 8, 2011 — Lionel Devlieger is the 2011 Robertson Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia School of Architecture and founding partner of Rotor, a design and research collaborative based in Brussels. He will give a lecture on March 21, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in Campbell Hall, room 153.
"Rotor Tales: Some Tentative Guidelines for Solving Design Problems in Team" will give an overview of recent Rotor projects. Devlieger will describe how Rotor designs solutions for specific problems, strategies for efficient creative teamwork, the advantages and disadvantages of a formal education in architecture and design, and both the necessity and the difficulty of conducting research as a designer.
Rotor, curators of the acclaimed Belgium pavilion at the 2010 Venice Architecture Biennale was founded in 2005 as a group of people with a common interest in material flows in industry and construction. On a practical level, Rotor handles the conception and realization of design and architectural projects. On a theoretical level, Rotor explores material resource practices through research, publications, conferences and exhibitions.
Rotor is preparing an art exhibition in Milan that will open next month, during the international design fair Salone del Mobile.
Devlieger holds a master's degree in architecture and civil engineering as well as a doctorate in architecture from Ghent University. His dissertation, "On the Birth of Artifacts: Architecture, Alchemy and Power in Late-Renaissance Florence," focuses on the work of Benedetto Varchi, Italian, humanist, historian and poet. Devlieger's diverse and active practice encompasses teaching, fabrication, theory and design.
About the Robertson Visiting Professorship in Architecture
Established by Walter S. Robertson Jr. in honor of Jaquelin T. Robertson, who served as dean from 1980 to 1988, the professorship aims to attract scholars and professionals from outside the Architecture School in order to promote a more diverse and international faculty.