Associate Professor of Art Stan Mathews will travel to Glasgow, Scotland, to deliver a talk titled “Cedric Price and the Architecture of Complexity,” presented by Architecture + Design Scotland and the University of Strathclyde. This is the second in a series of free talks and discussions on the work and legacy of the late Price, an English architect, teacher and writer of architecture. The series coincides with the exhibition “Cedric Price: Think the Unthinkable.” Mathews’ discussion will take place on Thursday, May 19.
According to Design Museum, London, “Taking the view that architecture should be enabling, liberating and life-enhancing, Cedric Price’s approach was all-embracing. From landmark projects such as the 1960-61 Fun Palace, to designs for Christmas tree lights on London’s Oxford Street, his projects were governed by the belief that architecture must ‘enable people to think the unthinkable.'”
Mathews is one of the leading scholars on Price, and the author of the leading monograph on the Fun Palace and Thinkbelt schemes, “From Agitprop To Free Space: the architecture of Cedric Price” (Black Dog, 2007).
“The Cedric Price: Think the Unthinkable” exhibition is currently on display and the talk will be followed by a chance to see the exhibition, designed by Nord with Graphical House, and curated by Dr. Barnabas Calder.
Mathews joined the HWS faculty in 2000. He received his B.A. from Beloit College, his M.F.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his Master of Architecture from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He also attended the School of Architecture at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. He is the author of “From Agit-Prop to Free Space: The Architecture of Cedric Price.”