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.

Ut Architectura Philosophia? – Questioning the Relationship of Architecture and Philosophy, by Karsten Harries

ISPA 2016 Keynote lecture, 22 July 2016, 6:30 pm.

The topic of this conference “The Human in Architecture and Philosophy” raises the question: just what is the relationship between philosophy and architecture? What do they have to contribute to each other? That both are concerned with the ways human beings relate or should relate to each other and to the world that environs them seems obvious enough. And both would seem to engage in work of construction, work that presupposes some sort of space, the space of everyday life in the case of architecture, a spiritual or logical space in the case of philosophy. But what work do such metaphors really do? Are they not at bottom dispensable? Hence the title of this lecture.

Karsten Harries

Harvard Citation Guide: Harries, K. (2016) Ut Architectura Philosophia? – Questioning the Relationship of Architecture and Philosophy, International Society for the Philosophy of Architecture, [blog] 03 June 2016, Available at: [Accessed: 03 June 2016]

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