#28 Where will the architect go next?

The architect goes in between

Why the talk is inspiring?

Interdisciplinarity broadens the perspective that we have on architecture. What can we learn from looking at architecture through the lens of a camera, a computer game screen, or an art installation/exhibition? In what ways does looking at architecture from different perspectives complement the architect’s creative practice? To what extent does the architect’s exposure to different roles enrich one’s perception of architecture?


Talks will take place at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos pr. 22, Vilnius. The talks will start at 8.00 p.m. and will be held in Lithuanian.



Aistė Rakauskaitė, Povilas Vincentas Jankūnas, Aurimas Syrusas, Sigita Simona Paplauskaitė

How the speaker is exceptional?


Aistė Rakauskaitė is an architectural photographer and an architect. Since the age of 14, her camera has been the link between working in an architectural office and capturing the ideas that have been realized by architects. She continues to develop mutually complementary activities in different parts of Europe: the Netherlands and Lithuania.

Povilas Vincentas Jankūnas is a young architect/urbanist with a tendency to go beyond the limits and produce design, illustrations, comics, stories, and interactive media. In 2019 he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from VGTU. He designs and creates architectural projects for exhibitions. Together with the architect A. Ambrasas, he has published an unofficial ” Architektūros studento gidas”, and together with the writer J. Žilinskas, a comic book ” Atgal į Vilnių!”. He regularly contributes comic stories to the magazine ” Neakivaizdinis Vilnius”. Working with a group of friends, he formed a team of computer game developers, called ” Weekend Warriors”, and published a computer game “Įrengimai sielai” “, based on the work of the artist A. Kasuba. From time to time, he organises workshops on architecture and comics.

Aurimas Syrusas is an architect working for IMPLMNT architects. He teaches at the VDA Department of Architecture, collaborates on artistic projects, and works with IMPLMNT architects on architecture for exhibitions and expositions, besides building and interior projects.


Sigita Simona Paplauskaitė is a landscape architect and researcher from Vilnius-Brussels, whose professional and artistic activities seek to explore and create new forms of being and living in the city. From 2019 to 2021, she worked in the team of the Chief Architect of the City of Brussels, where she led the Urban Maestro research, and from 2015 she has been a member of l’escaut architectures cooperative.


Nigel Henderson’s Streets: Photographs of London’s East End 1949-53

Clive Coward

Why the book is worth reading?

(Book recommended by Aistė Rakauskaitė)

I would like to recommend the photo album by the English humanist photographer Nigel Henderson (1917-1985) titled “Streets: Photographs of London’s East End 1949-53”. A visually inspiring journey through the streets of Britain, it recalls the strong relationship between the man and the urban environment. Photographs of children playing on the roadside, workers sitting on a bench enjoying the sun, or photographs of neighbours having a party all speak volumes about the social bonds created by the built environment.


Namie. Trumpa privataus gyvenimo istorija

Bill Bryson

Why the book is worth reading?

(Book recommended by Povilas Vincentas Jankūnas)

Not at all a short book, unlike what the title promises, it breathes some much-needed life into the cold walls of buildings. The author, who bought an old house in the English countryside, attempts to trace, room by room, like a classic stalker, not only the architectural but also the cultural, economic, historical and a whole host of other origins that have shaped our homes and our daily lives over time. Bryson uses a wide range of historical figures and their incredible lives to transform this fact-filled journey into a rich, immersive, and eventful story about the place where we spend perhaps the most time of our lives. I have no doubt that you will quote extracts from this book to your friends.


Public Space? Lost and Found

Gediminas Urbonas, Ann Lui, Lucas Freeman

Why the book is worth reading?

(Book recommended by Aurimas Syrusas)

Book explores the contemporary evolution of public space from the milieu of design and artistic thinking and practice at the civic scale. It gathers an eclectic cast of practitioners and theorists of the public domain and welcomes all readers interested in how the production of public space plays out (or could play out) under interrelated, accelerating conditions shaping the present, such as ubiquitous computing, climate change, economic austerity, and the rise of various stripes of political extremism and isolationism. The premise of this collection, conveyed in its title, is that public space is perpetually being lost and found according to big changes in the social and technical makeup of our lives—it is a perennial and open concern.


The Earth is an Architecture

Pierre Alain Trévelo, Antoine Viger-Kohler, Alexandre Bullier, David Enon, David Malaud, Mathieu Mercuriali, Océane Ragoucy

Why the book is worth reading?

(Book recommended by Sigita Simona Paplauskaitė)

This book is about the inseparable relationship between the Earth and architecture, the complexity and paradoxical nature of the present-day situation on Earth. It tells the story of the Earth’s infrastructure (from mythological giants to man-made creations) and explores the fundamental conditions that open the way to new architectural fictions.

+ I recommend the magazine Accattone