The society has managed to bring together 500+ contributors since 2009. Having held its first symposium in 2010, successful conferences at Newcastle University, UK 2012, TU Delft, Netherlands 2014, and University of Bamberg, Germany 2016, ISPA has become the preeminent established organization in the field. With numerous upcoming events planned across Europe and North America, the society continues to actively engage philosophers and architects in the cultivation of architecture philosophy as a field of enquiry.

Philosophers from all traditions – whether continental or analytic or otherwise – are welcome. Architects – whether practitioners, historians, or theorists – are also warmly welcome. The objective of bringing philosophers and architects together is to develop – in a truly interdisciplinary manner – the field of architecture philosophy.

The Architecture of Freedom: From Kant to Mies, by Paul Guyer

ISPA 2016 Keynote lecture, 21 July 2016, 2:00 pm.

For Kant, aesthetic experience requires freedom of the imagination, as does artistic creation.  That artistic creation must leave room for freedom of imagination on the part of the audience is thus a fundamental constraint in all art.  In the case of a mixed art, or “adherent beauty,” such as architecture, the freedom of both parties must be exercised within further programmatic, structural, and material constraints, and includes freedom in more practical as well as metaphorical senses.  The implications of this model are explored with reference to works from throughout the career of Mies van der Rohe.

Paul Guyer

Harvard Citation Guide: Guyer, P. (2016) The Architecture of Freedom: From Kant to Mies, International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture, [blog] 03 June 2016, Available at: [Accessed: 03 June 2016]

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