Oct 4th 2023

2023 Fall Lecture Series: Andrew Todd and Marion Waller

IIT College of Architecture welcomes Andrew Todd and Marion Waller to share their perspectives on French municipal politics and sustainability in the process of regulating construction during a lecture and conversation at S. R. Crown Hall Lower Center Core at 5 p.m. on October 11.

The two renowned French architects and urbanists are celebrated in their home country and beyond. Todd’s Hardelot Elizabethan Theatre was awarded the Wood in Architecture award from World Architecture News. His latest publication, The Clearing, explores dark origin myths, ethnic genocide, environmental ignorance, and the climate crisis, juxtaposed with heartwarming stories of our kinship with trees, including an elderly bonsai, Austrian forest constructions, Japanese vegetal animism, and an encounter with a regal forest guardian.

Waller is a former adviser to the mayor of Paris on urban planning and green space. She is the director of the Pavillon de l’Arsenal, a leading European center for architecture and urban planning, where city planning and its architectural achievements are made accessible to all. Waller also teaches urban planning at Sciences Po Paris and École Polytechnique, and previously taught environmental ethics at Université Paris-Est.