Click here for a pdf copy of the 2019-2020 Forum Lecture Series poster.

The Forum Lecture series is a long-held tradition of the school. First initiated in 1968 and popularized in the 1980s and early 1990s the lecture series was an inspiring event, introducing the Carleton community to leading architectural thinkers of the day. Held during the academic year, approximately one lecture is held per month from the end of September to March.

Re-established in 2004 through the generous endowment of its founding sponsors, Hobin Architecture, IBI Group, GRC Architects, Trinity Development Group, Merkley Supply and Charlesfort Development, the Forum lecture series continues to introduce our students, faculty and the wider Ottawa community to a host of leading practitioners and critics of architecture. As Barry Hobin stated “The importance of the lecture series cannot be stressed enough. It has tremendous opportunities to be a catalyst for better design in the Ottawa area — including the Carleton campus,”

Held in either of two venues, the National Gallery of Canada Auditorium and the Alma Duncan Salon at The Ottawa Art Gallery, our series invites the capital city to engage in emerging ideas and celebrate the architectural profession. Lectures are held on Monday evenings at 6:00pm, and are free and open to the public.


Upcoming Forum Lectures


SEP 30

Rasmus Astrup / SLA / Copenhagen, Denmark

“City Nature

Presented in partnership with ORSA for Architecture Week and McRobie Architects + Interior Designers Inc.

Location: Auditorium of the National Gallery of Canada


NOV 11

Mokena Makeka / Makeka Design Lab / Cape Town, South Africa

“The Multipolar City” 

Presented in partnership with bbb architects ottawa inc.

Location: Alma Duncan Room, Ottawa Art Gallery


NOV 25


No Separation

Presented in partnership with the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects

Location: Auditorium of the National Gallery of Canada


JAN 20

Lisa Rapoport / PLANT Architect Inc., / Toronto, Canada

“Between the cracks”

Presented by the Forum Founding Sponsors

Location: Alma Duncan Room, Ottawa Art Gallery



Dilip da Cunha and Anuradha Mathur / Mathur/da Cunha / Philadelphia, Bangalore

“In Rain is the Commons” 

Presented by Forum Founding Sponsors

Location: Alma Duncan Room, Ottawa Art Gallery

Open Forum →

Open Forum is an expansion of the Forum Lecture series to once again introduce great speakers in the heart of our school. Located in the pit, a series of annual talks will engage our students and faculty in cross-disciplinary ideas and emerging practice.

The Open Forum is intended to be a more intimate affair, ranging from focused roundtable discussions to collaborations with other Carleton faculties. The development will give the Azrieli School calendar greater breadth of subject and further depth of critique. Visit our Open Forum page for more information, including event dates