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Theory Master Class Orange Room

Learning from Le Corbusier

Theory Master Class

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A round-table conversation between students and Caroline Maniaque, Alejandro Lapunzina, Rachel Lee, and Stanislaus von Moos; moderated by Tim Benton

The Berlage is pleased to announce its upcoming theory master class entitled “Why Le Corbusier?” led by Tim Benton, writer, broadcaster, and Professor Emeritus in the History of Art at the Open University. The master class, to be held from Monday, April 15 to Friday, April 26, will explore and interrogate Le Corbusier’s texts, his lectures, his buildings, his paintings and decorative works, and will ask participants to use their imagination to build a creative response that confronts selected topics, problems, and controversies. The two-week-long program will be complemented by lectures and discussions with international guests, and be concluded with a public event and exhibition in the Orange Room on Friday, April 26.

Master classes are a unique feature of the Berlage. Twice a year students and young professionals work with world-renowned architects, designers, and thinkers to analyze a chosen subject relevant to contemporary issues in the built environment and are encouraged to experiment with alternative forms of representation and dissemination. Recent master classes have been led by Assemble, Beatriz Colomina, Reinier de Graaf, Hans Kollhoff, Hideyuki Nakayama, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, and Felicity D Scott.


Tim Benton is Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Open University. In 2008, he was a visiting Professor at the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University. In 2009, he was the Robert Sterling Clark Visiting Professor of Art History at Williams College, Massachusetts. From 2010, he was a visiting Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.