Open Lecture Series: LINA GHOTMEH

On October 6th, the Open Lecture Series of the architecture faculty will host Lina Ghotmeh, one of the architects behind the mega-project of Estonian National Museum, to be opened for public on October 1st. Ghotmeh will share her story of how the Estonian National Museum was built – from the original concept to the grand opening, touching also upon the changes that took place during the ten years, and what the project means to her. The lecture will take place at Kanuti Gildi SAAL (Pikk 20, Tallinn) and is open for free to architecture students and professionals of the field as well as people interested in architecture.

Lina Ghotmeh is an architect, ‘distinction’ graduate from the American University of Beirut and the École Spéciale d’Architecture, Paris. Prior to establishing her office, she had worked between Paris, London and Beirut collaborating with Ateliers Jean Nouvel. In 2006, after winning the 1st Prize of the international competition of the Estonian National Museum, she established along with Dan Dorell and Tsuyoshi Tane DGT / Architects: an international design platform based in Paris. Lina practices a sensitive architecture through a multi‐disciplinary and research driven approach. She has received numerous awards, among which: the Areen and the Azar Awards prized along her studies, the French Ministry of Culture Architecture prize ‘’AJAP 2007‐08’’, and the French Architecture Academy Dejean Prize 2016.

In 2010, she was selected for the «10 for 2010 Visionary Architects for a new decade» by the European Architects Review and recently the Estonian National Museum has been awarded the GRAND PRIX AFEX. Lina is also actively involved in the academic world. She has taught Architecture as an Associate Professor at the École Spéciale d’Architecture (2008‐2015). She has also lectured, led workshops and been juror at architectural schools and institutions including Parsons School of Design, Paris; the Rhode Island School of Design, RISD, Providence; the Royal Academy of Arts in London and Columbia University in New York.

The Open Lecture Series of the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture faculty invites renowned architects, theoreticians, architecture critics and urbanists to Tallinn to speak about the latest ideas and points of view making ripples in architecture, design, city planning and critical thinking. The lectures are in English, free and open to anyone and especially intended for architecture students and professionals of the field as well as the general audience interested in matters concerning space.

Open Lecture Series is supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment and organised by the Estonian Academy of Arts architecture department.
Series curated by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (PART)