Sverre Fehn – John Dennys Memorial Lecture (1984)

Lecture date: 1984-05-24

John Dennys Memorial Lecture: John Dennys was involved with the AA over a period of 27 years – as a student, lecturer, member of Council, and President. On his death in 1973, a visiting lectureship was established to mark his interest in education.

Introduced by Alvin Boyarsky and Peter Cook.

Sverre Fehn studied in Oslo under Arne Korsmo and then worked with Jean Prouve in Paris. On his return to Norway he rapidly gained a reputation and was chosen to design the Norwegian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale of 1962. In partnership with Gier Grung he designed the Lillehammer Folk Museum, a seminal neo-brutalist work. His later work has become more lyrical and he is best known for houses such as the Bdtker house near Oslo, and for the museum at Hamar, in part the rebuilding of an old barn structure but with extraordinary ramps and glass patches interacting upon it. Competition designs – such as the Historical Museum in Oslo and the Trondheim Library – gained him considerable acclaim in Scandinavia.

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