Past Event
Monday, October 26
Rice Architecture Lecture: Ilze Wolff and Heinrich Wolff

About the Event

Ilze Wolff and Heinrich Wolff, principals Wolff Architects, South Africa, present Part II of their lecture “About Paying Attention” on Monday, October 26, at 12:00 p.m. via Zoom as part of the Rice Architecture Fall 2020 Lecture Series.

IIze Wolff and Heinrich Wolff will discuss how their projects emerge out of a careful attention to the details of its conditions, as opposed to the obvious and often unquestioned constructed narratives of place and space. This is their frame for discussing research projects as well as spatial interventions through architectural form. Their attention to the oblique allows for the work to move towards uncomfortable questions around race, coloniality, and gender. They offer a conversation around architectural practice situated within the black studies and their readings of Bessie Head, Zoë Wicomb, Sol Plaatje, Chimurenga, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Fred Moten, Saidiya Hartman, Kader Attia, Miriam Makeba, Aretha Franklin, and Charles Mingus, to name a few.

Rice Architecture Fall 2020 Lectures are part of an initiative to acknowledge, understand, and act on systemic racism in the built environment. Invited designers, scholars, and activists will speak on the relationship between race, architecture, and, by extension, related questions of social equity, environmental justice, and gender parity. The aim of the lecture series is to foreground these issues in the school’s curriculum while more broadly fostering solidarity and action in architecture.

All lectures are free and open to the public. Please be sure to register online for each lecture to receive the link to join. For more information on all lectures and to register to attend, visit or

This lecture series is made possible through the generous support of the Betty R. and George F. Pierce Jr., FAIA, Fund and the William B. Coleman, Jr. Colloquium Fund for Architecture.

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