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The Colin Rowe Lecture Series: Claire Zimmerman
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Talks and lectures

The Colin Rowe Lecture Series: Claire Zimmerman

​​Conversation on the role of the image in architecture.

In an informal setting and in dialogue with experienced and imaginative guests, 'The Colin Rowe Lectures' aim to discuss the role of the image in architecture, particularly the crucial role of architectural photography. The lectures are considered as an open forum of discussion for architects, photographers, students and the simply curious. All are welcome.

The title of our next conference is 'Hidden in Plain Sight: Architectural Photography As and For History' and will be delivered by Claire Zimmerman, associate professor in History of Art and the Architecture Program at the University of Michigan, and Director of Doctoral Studies in Architecture at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

A recent article on US industrialisation is included in the historic final volume of 'AA Files' (#75); other recent essays focus on architectural ornament, ethnographic photography of buildings, and legacies of fascism.

A current book project on US industrialisation in architecture and the world is entitled 'Building the World Capitalist System: Albert Kahn Associates—Detroit, 1900-1961'. “Reading the Photographic Evidence,” in JSAH 76:4 considers photographic architecture worldwide, following 'Photographic Architecture in the Twentieth Century' (Minnesota, 2014), 'Neo-avant-garde and Postmodern: Postwar Architecture in Britain and Beyond' (New Haven, 2010), and a monograph on Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (Taschen 2006).

Forum convened by Marco Iuliano (University of Liverpool) and Valeria Carullo (RIBA).

The lectures are a collaboration between the Centre for Architecture and Visual Arts at the University of Liverpool ( and the Robert Elwall Photographs Collection at the RIBA (

Places are limited so booking in advance is essential.