ASD Distinguished Lecture Series by Tom Verebes

06 Mar 2015 4.30 pm to 6.00 pm SUTD, 8 Somapah Road, LT 4

In this lecture, Tom Verebes will speculate upon the ramifications of computationally-driven design and production technologies, whose methods and applications are well-rehearsed in architectural design, practice, teaching and research, yet remain largely untested at the vast scale of the contemporary city. Through a discursive survey of the theoretical background to an adaptive and evolutional design approach to urbanism, Verebes will explicate the context for the work of his practice, OCEAN CN Consultancy Network and his teaching and research at The University of Hong Kong and the Architectural Association in London.  His design research also targets the paradigm shift from mass production to increasingly customised and non-standard design and production. The specific and differentiated attributes of a Distinctive Urbanism is perhaps contrary to The Generic City, biasing the specific and unique, over the general and reproducible.

Speaker's pro­file
Tom Verebes is an architect and Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Hong Kong, where he has taught the Harvard GSD-HKU Joint Studio, co-ordinated BAAS Year 3 undergraduate design studio, and currently teaches MArch graduate studios and graduate research seminars. He has over two decades of experience in architectural practice, education and research. Until January 2009, Tom Verebes was co-Director of the post -professional masters’ level Design Research Lab, at the Architectural Association in London, where he had taught since 1996.

He is the Director of the AA Shanghai Summer School (2007-2011), which is hosted at the HKU Shanghai Study Centre. Former Director and founder of the AA D_Lab (2006-2007), and former AA Diploma Unit Master. In 2004-2006, he was also Guest/Visiting Professor at Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste ABK Stuttgart. Tom studied architecture at McGill University (Canada), LoPSiA (France), and at the Architectural Association (AA) in London.

Tom is the Creative Director of OCEAN.CN, a Hong Kong-based design consultancy network, and he co-founded the OCEAN design network in 1995, subsequently directing OCEAN UK within OCEAN D. He has worked in the offices of Rick Mather, Munkenbeck + Marshall, and Stanton-Williams in London, and was a partner in IDP Hong Kong in 1994.