Lecture + Conversation with Jesús Vassallo and Leonid Furmansky
October 25, 2023
902 Commerce St
Houston, TX 77002
Brought to you by the ArCH Exhibitions and Programs
Join us for a conversation between Jesús Vasallo, Associate Professor of Architecture at Rice University, and Leonid Furmansky, whose architectural photography is currently featured in the current exhibition Beautiful City-Empty City.
Vasallo will share his thoughts on the relationship between photography, architecture and realism before engaging in a conversation with Furmansky and his current body of work.
This program is free and open to the public.
Leonid Furmansky is a Texas-based photographer. He is driven to document structures that represent the way we live. Leonid’s work has been published in the New York Times, Divisare, Texas Architect, Dwell, and ArchDaily. Leonid spends his free time documenting rural and overcrowded cities and experimenting with film photography.
Jesús Vassallo is a Spanish architect and writer who currently teaches design and theory as Gus Wortham Assistant Professor at Rice University. Before coming to Rice, he taught at IE University, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid (ETSAM), Harvard University, and the Boston Architectural College. His widely-published research, which focuses on the problem of realism in architecture through the production of design and scholarship, has appeared internationally in magazines such as El Croquis, AA Files, 2G, Log, Harvard Design Magazine, Domus, and Arquitectura Viva. From 2006-12, Vassallo worked as a project architect with Mansilla + Tuñón Arquitectos in Madrid. And in 2015 he launched an independent design practice that bridges architecture and urbanism through an understanding of both as material culture. Some of the areas of interest in the work include housing, construction materials, background form, and time-based urbanism. His books include: Epics in the Everyday: Photography, Architecture, and the Problem of Realism (2020) and Seamless: Digital Collage and Dirty Realism in Contemporary Architecture (2016).
Image Credit: Leonid Fumansky, Humble #2, 2020, from the series Oil Towers.