Who is who
Irénée Scalbert trained at the Architectural Association in London in
the late 1970s. After several years in practice, he returned to the AA
in 1989 to run a design studio. Since 2000, he has been Course Master in
history and theory at the AA. As a critic, he has been associated with
architects including Tony Fretton, Caruso St John, Dutch architects in
the mid 1990s and FOA. As a historian, he has written articles on
architecture in the 1950s, notably on the Smithsons, as well as essays
on the Rococo and on landscape painting. He is the author of A Right to
Difference: The Architecture of Jean Renaudie, commended in the CICA
Exhibition Catalogue Award 2005. Since 1998, he has been a member of the
editorial board of AA Files. He is a regular guest lecturer and is
running a course on European architecture at the GSD in Harvard.
“Siedlung Halen: Une cité radieuse helvète”, Le Moniteur
Architecture-AMC, nr.24, September 1991.
“Les Smithson à Bath”, Le Moniteur Architecture-AMC, nr.28, February
“Le Leicester Building”, Le Moniteur Architecture-AMC, nr.46, November
“Cerebral Functionalism: The design of the Leicester University
Engineering Building”, Archis, May 1994.
“On the edge of the ordinary” (on Caruso St John), Archis, March 1995.
‘Architecture is not made with the brain: the Smithsons & the Economist
plaza”, AA Files 30, Autumn 1995.
Review of S,M,L,XL, arq, vol.1, spring 1996.
“Siedlung Halen: between standards and individuality”, arq, vol.2,
“The Value of Plenty”, arq, vol.2, spring 1997.
Review of A Critic Writes: Essays by Reyner Banham, AA File 34, Autumn
“MVRDV Town”, AA Files 35, Spring 1998.
“The Value of Objectivity”, OASE, nr. 49/50, 1998.
“Towards a Formless Architecture: The House of the Future by A+P
Smithson”, Archis, September 1999.
“The Rococo Revolution”, AA Files 39, Autumn 1999.
“Parallel of Life and Art”, Daidalos, nr.75, May 2000.
“Den Vackra Himlen” (The beauty of the sky – Swedish), Mama, nr.27,
Review of books on Le Corbusier and the CIAMs by Jencks, Frampton and
Eric Mumford, AA Files 44, Autumn 2001.
“Interview with Tony Fretton”, a+t, nr.18, Autumn 2001.
“Architecture at the end of history”, Contemporary, February 2002.
“The New Architecture: The Yokohama International Port Terminal”,
Casabella, February 2003 (translation on pp. 109-113).
“Cities without Nations”, Scroope, nr.15, 2003.
“A Real Living Contact with the Things Themselves: Landscape Painters
and Architects, 1600-1850”, AA Files 50, spring 2004.
“The City of Small Things”, Building Material (Dublin), nr.12, autumn
Review of Modern Architecture and Other Essays, by Vincent Scully, AA
Files, winter 2005.
“A World of Differences or a Different World?”, OASE, nr.67, autumn
“The Value of Common Sense”, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui,
Interview with Claude Parent, The Function of the Oblique, AA Documents
3, Architectural Association, London, 1996.
“Putting the 60’s into the 90’s”, Constructing the Town upon the Town,
Europan 4, Paris, 1997.
“The City of Small Things”, Rotterdam, 2001.
“Croatians with Attitude”, Kavalriengürtel: njiric + njiric arhitekti,
de Singel Internationaal Kunstcentrum, Antwerpen, 2001.
“The Walsall Art Gallery and its Geography”, The New Art Gallery,
Walsall (Batsford, 2003)
“Architecture at the End of History” (reprint from Contemporary),
Reading MVRDV (NAi, 2003).
“Architecture is not made with the Brain” (reprint from AA Files),
Architecture is not made with the Brain: The Labour of Alison and Peter
Smithson (Architectural Association, 2005)
A Right to Difference: The Architecture of Jean Renaudie (Architectural
Association, 2004). Commendation, Julius Posener CICA Award 2005.
Writings available on CICArchitecture:
Cities without nations
The Yokohama International Port Terminal