Architecture on Stage: Duncan Lewis

Following a series of collaborations with architects Jaques Hondelatte, Lacaton Vassal and Édouard François, Duncan Lewis founded Scape Architecture. Based in Bordeaux, Lewis' work largely focuses on the integration of architecture and vegetation.


07:00pm, Tuesday, 21 November 2023


09:00pm, Tuesday, 21 November 2023


Frobisher Auditorium






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Duncan Lewis


After graduating from the Royal College of Art, Duncan Lewis began his career in Japan, working with Team Zoo and Shiro Kuramata.

He moved to France in 1990, where he collaborated with architects Jacques Hondelatte, Lacaton Vassal and Édouard François before founding Scape Architecture in Bordeaux in 2000. A consistent preoccupation of Lewis's work has been the integration of architecture and vegetation - a concern most recently demonstrated by Ekko, a multi-unit apartment building recently completed in Bordeaux.


Image: Cornebarrieu School Complex


Lewis' work focuses developing architecture as an environment; the buildings responding to their ecological, social and economic issues as a methodology of sustainable construction. The presence of vegetation adds complexity to the architecture, forming new microclimates and landscapes for activity to take place within. 

When discussing the Cornebarrieu School Complex, Lewis stated: 

"It’s all about back and forth between true and false, opaque and legible, hidden and obvious. Nature is neither an ideologic nor aesthetic alibi that would dress up architecture. Modernity has split mankind from his surroundings. It is necessary to recreate and rebuild the links between man and his context, where time is never frozen, where we make way for our dreams."

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Image: Gites ruraux à Jupilles