Friday 20th April 2018 – 12pm – Room SH001

This week, Owen Hatherley delivers his lecture ‘The Last Avant-Gardist? Architecture, Politics & the City in the architecture of Zaha Hadid’, the last in the Zaha Hadid lecture series.


Owen’s insightful talk explores topics that aren’t usually touched upon in discussions of the late Zaha Hadid. He’ll examine the relation of ZHA’s work to place and politics, in the context of its emergence during 1980’s Britain, a period that was hostile towards modern architecture.

He’ll also delve into the difficulties this work raises, the morality of their approach to power and business, and the urban possibilities of their brutal approach to carving original three-dimensional spaces in cities during an era of conservation and architectural conservatism.


Born in Southampton in 1981, Owen Hatherley received a PhD in 2011 from London’s Birkbeck College. His thesis, The Chaplin Machine – Slapstick, Fordism and the Communist Avant-Garde (Pluto Press), was published in 2016.

He frequently writes about architecture, culture and politics in publications that include Architects Journal, Architectural Review, Dezeen, and The Guardian. In addition, Owen can also add author his array of accolades: Militant Modernism (Zero, 2009), A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain (Verso, 2010), and Across the Plaza (Strelka, 2012) are just some of his works.

Read about previous lectures in the Zaha Hadid series.