Wolfgang Buttress Guest Lecture



The University of Lincoln Architecture Society presents a free Guest Lecture by artist Wolfgang Buttress, winning designer of the United Kingdom Pavilion at the World Expo, Milan 2015.

The theme of the Milan Expo is “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. It will be the world’s largest ever event exploring food and nutrition – a global showcase of the best technologies designed to help guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone.

The UK Pavilion, titled BE, the “pulsating virtual hive” was designed to call attention to the plight of the honeybee, highlighting the important role honeybees play in food production. The Nottingham-based artist, whose team includes fashion designer Paul Smith and specialist engineer Simmons Studio, hopes that BE will help bring visitors closer to the British landscape and inspire ways to help solve the dying honeybee populations.

Wolfgang Buttress opened his first studio in Nottingham after graduating in 1987. Over the last 12 years he has won numerous national and international awards, including the International Structural Steel Award for projects under £2 million in 2013. Earlier this year he received the Kajima Gold Award in Japan for his work ‘Space’.

Wolfgang Buttress said:

“I’m happy and honoured that I have been selected for this prestigious commission. My wish is for visitors to engage with the UK Pavilion as a whole and for the hive to be recognised as a barometer for the health of the earth; drawing parallels between a hive and human society.”

Dr Amira Elnokaly, Programme Leader for MSc Sustainable Architectural Design at the University of Lincoln, said: “I am delighted that Wolfang Buttress will be presenting in the School of Architecture & Design, as the talk represents a great opportunity for our students. Over the past six years, our Lincoln Architecture lecture series has provided an important connection with the built environment industry and practice, and this event is another great example of that.”

Please join us for this unique opportunity to hear from one of the Country’s leading designers as Wolfgang gives us an insight into the creation that will represent our nation.

For updates on the UK Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 see Wolfgang Buttress’s website.

The lecture will be held in the main lecture room in the AAD Building in the Brayford Pool Campus.

Tuesday 10th February // 6pm // University of Lincoln,  AAD0W25 // Free






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