GSA Lecture Series 2022
New Models by Manijeh Verghese
01 September 2022
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Over the past decade, Manijeh Verghese has been interested in creating curatorial platforms to widen access to who can participate in conversations about architecture, our cities and spaces. She has explored this idea through her role as the Head of Public Engagement at the Architectural Association (AA) where she curates the public programme of lectures and exhibitions including the New Models lecture series that invited practitioners from different disciplines to discuss how their work can change the models around which society is organised. This interest is also applied to her teaching with Inigo Minns in AA Diploma Unit 12 and her independent curatorial projects including co-curating the 2021 British Pavilion - The Garden of Privatised Delights at the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale and more recently working on the visitor experience and co-curation process for a new South Asia Gallery in Manchester. At a time when we have lost our faith in long-established institutions, we urgently need new models and systems to shift power structures, socio-economic forces and structural inequalities present in society today to give us new tools to rethink the world around us.
Manijeh Verghese is the Head of Public Engagement at the Architectural Association, where she is also a Unit Master of Diploma 12, a seminar leader for the AA Professional Practice for Fifth Year course, and a member of the Senior Management Team. She is currently one of the Mayor of London’s Design Advocates, an External Examiner at Cambridge University and a member of the Festival Committee for London Festival of Architecture. She has worked for architecture practices including John Pawson and Foster + Partners, and has contributed to design publications such as Disegno and Icon, as well as think-tanks, books and peer reviewed journals. She also works on independent curatorial projects such as the new South Asia Gallery for the Manchester Museum in partnership with the British Museum. She is a co-founder of the practice Unscene Architecture and is the co-curator of The Garden of Privatised Delights - the British Pavilion at the 17th International Venice Architecture Biennale, which is now on display at The Building Centre in London.
GSA Lecture Series 2022