Curtis Roth / KSA Trott Visiting Professor

Gui Auditorium / Knowlton Hall
March 20, 2013 - 5:45pm


Curtis Roth will present a lecture in Knowlton Hall’s Gui Auditorium at 5:45PM on Wednesday, March 20. A reception following the lecture will take place in the Knowlton Hall Jury Space. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Roth is the recipient of the Richard W. Trott ’61 Distinguished Visiting Professorship for the 2012-13 academic year.  The Trott Professorship has a prestigious history that goes back more than a decade, with distinguished alumni that include Robert Somol and Michael Hays. Roth is a recent graduate of the Master of Architecture program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where his academic concentration was focused within the History Theory and Criticism of Art and Architecture Department, particularly focusing on post-war theories of architecture and, specifically, the histories and theories of nature in the 19th and 20th centuries and their role in restructuring architectural thought.  While at the KSA, Roth has taught landscape design studio, focusing on landscape as a comedic mode of engagement with the city, and an architectural seminar looking at how the fundamental conventions of architectural design have been reconfigured through now-lost notions of the natural.

In addition to his studies in design and criticism, Roth has also worked as a researcher at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, collaborating closely with faculty in the Landscape Architecture Department on a collection of long-term, internationally published research projects; from the role of agronomy in the rise and fall of civilizations, to the history of military-industrial infrastructures and their role in shaping the American Landscape. In addition to his work as a design researcher, Roth has also worked as a project leader with Howeler + Yoon Architecture, where he developed their entry for the 2012 Audi Urban Futures Initiative, a speculative design project which focused on the role of mobility in America’s northeast megacity region.


Download the ELEMENTAL: Curtis Roth poster.