ACC Lectures 2022 | 2. Sumayya Vally | 17.03.2022

Counterspace- In Conversation with Ungrounding Seminar

To mark the end of the long term visiting professorship of Tomà Berlanda at DIST/Polito, and the final session of the PhD Seminar Vally’s work – which ranges from research to practice, from pedagogy to performance, and from art to architecture – will be the focus of the exchange between PhD students and the Johannesburg-based architect, under the idea of minding the gap between different modes of architectural practice and research. As a space to analyze, propose and discuss research methodologies, the Ungrounding seminar has also explored new approaches and inputs to PhD dissertations. Thus, this open dialogue with Vally will not only be an opportunity to learn about her groundbreaking work, but also to unground inherited ideas about the gap between practice and research in architecture.


Sumayya Vally is the founder and principal of Counterspace, an award-winning architecture and research studio that works through design research, publishing, pedagogy, built things, buildings and other forms of architecture. A TIME100 Next List honoree and designer of the 20th Serpentine Pavilion (2020/2021), Vally is the youngest architect to be commissioned for the internationally renowned architecture program.

lecture recording

17 march 2022 – 1 p.m. CET