Rouse Visiting Artist Lecture: Timothy Archambault, “The Silent Echo: Architectures of the Void”

Event Description:

Architect, composer, and musician Archambault will give a lecture on the symbiotic relationship between the void, Indigenous and Modern Architecture, Music Archaeology, and the process of revitalizing traditions within Indigenous flute music. The lecture concludes with a flute performance showcasing a synthesis of tradition and innovation, incorporating existential themes. Join us for an enriching experience that delves into cultural retrieval, the interconnectedness of space, and the enduring power of sound.


Timothy Archambault, a Miami-based polymath with over 30 years of international architectural experience, serves as the Director of Americas for Oppenheim Architecture. While acquiring degrees in architecture and fine arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, he studied music theory at Brown University. Before joining Oppenheim Architecture, Archambault contributed to significant projects with OMA, including the MahaNakhon Tower (Bangkok), the Prada NY store, and the Lehmann Maupin Gallery (NY). Additional notable projects encompass the Wyly Theatre (Dallas) with OMA/REX Architecture, the Walt Disney Concert Hall (LA), and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao with Frank O. Gehry & Associates.

Beyond his architectural achievements, Archambault is an Indigenous flutist and composer. His repertoire includes twentieth-century Indigenous music, contemporary Indigenous compositions, and traditional Canadian Algonquin flute songs. Several of his recordings are archived in the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian. Archambault is the Hereditary Senator of the Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation, a member of the Métis Nation of Quebec, and the First Nations Composers Initiative. He co-founded thecreativedestruction, a contemporary art collaborative with his wife, CYJO, and co-edited the Encyclopedia of Native American Music of North America.

This event is part of ArtsThursdays, a university-wide initiative supported by Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA).

00:00 Introduction by Allen Sayegh
04:28 Presentation by Timothy Archambault
01:01:05 Performance by Timothy Archambault
01:20:05 Q+A



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