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Guest lecture by Jan-Richard Kikkert: “Real Architecture. Researching the works of John Lautner”

We are pleased to invite you to attend our guest lecture “Real Architecture. Researching the works of John Lautner” by architect Jan-Richard Kikkert, Head of Architecture at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture on Thursday, 16th of March 2017, 18.00 hours, at the school amphitheatre.

That day, a group of the Academy of Architecture, Amsterdam University of the Arts students and staff will pay a visit to the Faculty of Architecture in Belgrade and collaborate with the first year master students from our school and students from the University of Arts in Belgrade – Faculty of Applied Arts – Interior and Furniture Design course in “Rethinking School of Architecture” workshop.

Guest lecture:
“Real Architecture. Researching the works of John Lautner”
by Jan-Richard Kikkert

/ Thursday, 16th of March 2017 /
/ 18.00 hours /
/ school amphitheatre /

All welcome!


Jan-Richard Kikkert (1963) is an Amsterdam based architect and head of the Architectural department of the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. His travels brought him in contact with the works of John Lautner in 2005. In the following ten years he visited every John Lautner designed project, from Los Angeles to Aspen and from Anchorage to Acapulco. He is currently working on a book that documents his research.

In 2016, architect Jan-Richard Kikkert has been appointed Head of Architecture at the Amsterdam Academy of Architecture. He studied Architecture at Delft University of Technology and at the Berlage Institute. In 1997, he founded Architectenbureau K2 in Amsterdam together with architect Judith Korpershoek, an architectural firm that has won numerous prizes, including Europan 6. Kikkert has already been a guest lecturer and graduation mentor at the Academy for a number of years, where he also organises lectures and international excursions.



Jan-Richard Kikkert | Photo © Jimmy On The Run

John Lautner

John Lautner (1911-1994) was an American Architect who lived and worked in Los Angeles. He was educated as an apprentice at the office of Frank Lloyd Wright, who believed in learning by doing. According to Mr. Wright, Lautner grew out to be the second best architect in the world. Lautners architecture is best characterized as organic architecture in the definition of being respectful to man and nature.

Lautners work developed from being close to his master to a totally unique and individual oeuvre. He never repeated himself which made his work incomprehensible for critics and fellow architects. Only on the occasion of celebrating his 100th birthday Lautner started to get the recognition that he deserved, placing him between the giants of Modern Architecture of the 20th century.


Lautner and Lautner | Photo © 1984 Kira Od


The Sheats Goldstein Residence by John Lautner. Image © Jeff Green