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In the second lecture of the series Architecture and Representation with e-flux and The Berlage, architect Peggy Deamer will examine the nature of professional contracts in the United States, moving from their general role in the construction of institutional identity to the specific way they operate in the architecture, engineering and construction industry. 

19:30 – 21:00
also this evening

18:45 - 19:15 Dance performance Accusations #2: I escape

19:00 - 21:00 Cultural debate by Night Shift

Pop-in expo Rotterdam Design Talent

Museum open tot 21:00

Haberdashery open tot 21:00


Het Nieuwe Instituut
Museumpark 25
3015 CB Rotterdam


Standard€ 7,50
Students and Friends of Het Nieuwe Instituut€ 3,75
Thursday Bite€ 7,50

In the fields related to the built environment, architecture has been diminished as both a discipline and a profession, in part due to the way that contracts misrepresent what the practice of architecture actually entails and means. On behalf of The Architecture Lobby, Deamer has previously questioned fees based on construction percentages or hourly rates rather than on the value of architectural design services; challenged the formulation of a building as a product; and critiqued the contractual relationships that prevent architects from taking a meaningful position on construction labour ethics. In this lecture, she will discuss other examples of owner-architect-contractor relationships as alternatives to the prevailing model.

Peggy Deamer

Peggy Deamer is an architect, architectural educator, and currently Assistant Dean and Professor of Architecture at Yale University. Her research explores the nature of creative work, stretching from a psychoanalytic interpretation of art production and reception to examinations of creative labor.

Collaboration with e-flux Architecture and The Berlage

This fall, Het Nieuwe Instituut launches a collaboration with e-flux Architecture and The Berlage to investigate representation within and beyond the field of architecture. Ten architects and researchers will examine representational formats used in architectural or urban design through lectures at Het Nieuwe Instituut and The Berlage and essays on e-flux Architecture’s online platform. Architecture and Representation brings to light the agency embedded in architectural tools and questions how they disseminate into the wider world. Lectures by Pier Vittorio Aureli, Peggy Deamer, Mpho Matsipa, Hilary Sample, Joan Ockman, Samuel Stewart-Halevy, Jess Bier and more.

Thursday Bite

Before Thursday Night Live! you can grab a bite to eat with the speakers and staff of Het Nieuwe Instituut. At 18:00 Het Nieuwe Café will serve soup with bread or a quiche with salad. Dinner vouchers are available for € 7,50 up to a day before the particular Thursday Night event via the Tickets link or at the bar this evening.

Thursday Night at Het Nieuwe Instituut
Luca Napoli

Thursday Night Live! is a weekly programme of lectures, screenings and discussions on architecture, design and digital culture. Developments and critical insights are discussed by thinkers, designers and makers from the Netherlands and abroad.