Sarah Whiting

Dean, Harvard GSD | The Bethune Lecture

An abstract image of architecture.

Kaihui Isometric Credit: WW Architecture

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
6 pm- 7:30 pm
Hayes 403

"It's time"

Delivering this year's Bethune Lecture is Harvard GSD Dean Sarah Whiting. "Time is money" has long been the mantra of capitalism, but what do we get if we look closely at the time side of this equation? This talk will do just that, focusing on how contemporary theorizations of time - Joseph Vogl's understanding of "tarrying", Jenny Odell's efforts to "do nothing", and Francois Jullien's focus on boredom - affect architectural education and practice. 

AIA continuing education credits pending


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Credit: Stephanie Mitchell/ Harvard Staff Photographer

Sarah M. Whiting, Dean and Josep Lluís Sert Professor of Architecture, joined the GSD as Dean in July 2019. She is a design principal and co-founder of WW Architecture, and served as the Dean of Rice University's School of Architecture from 2010 to 2019.  Whiting has taught at Princeton University, the University of Kentucky, the Illinois Institute of Technology, and the University of Florida, in addition to Rice and Harvard GSD. She frequently lectures throughout the US and abroad, and regularly serves as a critic of architecture and urban design. Prior to founding WW, Whiting worked with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Peter Eisenman in New York; and Michael Graves in Princeton, New Jersey. She is an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects.

Whiting’s research is broadly interdisciplinary, with the built environment at its core. An expert in architectural theory and urbanism, she has particular interests in architecture’s relationship with politics, economics, and society and how the built environment shapes the nature of public life. Her work has been published in leading journals and collections, and she is the founding editor of Point, a book series aimed at shaping contemporary discussions in architecture and urbanism. Whiting’s writings have been published in journals ranging from ANY to Wired, as well as in collections including Shaping the City, Mies in America, Six Authors in Search of an Architect, and An Architecture for all Senses: the Work of Eileen Gray. She edited Differences, a collection of essays by Ignasi de Solà-Morales and also served as reviews editor for the journal Assemblage from 1996 to 2001. She currently serves on the editorial boards of the journals LOG, The Plan, and Thresholds

Dean Whiting received her Bachelor of Arts from Yale, her Master of Architecture from Princeton University, and her Doctor of Philosophy in the History and Theory of Architecture from MIT.