Prokalo welcomes Dr Jim Lawson and our new ESALA PGR cohort!

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Our first session will be on Tuesday the 27th of November


2nd Floor board room 

Evolution House, West Port

Followed by drinks and nibbles to toast our new PGR students and welcome them to ESALA

The PROKALO team is very happy to announce our first speaker this term – Dr Jim Lawson, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Landscape Architecture with us here at the University of Edinburgh with his seminar titled:

A Theory of History and a Fifteenth century Building Programme: 

Alberti and Sant’ Andre in Mantua

Abstract: Vitruvius’s terms ‘Firmitas’, ‘Utilitas’ and ‘Venustas’ have helped organise the architects’ thoughts since ancient times.  However, the hierarchy of value that they can be taken to imply was not always applied.  Alberti’s idea of architecture’s history made tacit acknowledgement of them but configured them differently.  His recommendation to his patron of his proposal for the church of Sant’ Andrea in Mantua reveals the primary driver of design to have been considerations of utilitas.


Dr Jim Lawson is a senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at Edinburgh University. He previously held positions at several education institutions before coming to Edinburgh in 1995 where he has taught extensively in the area of History of Architecture.

His scholarly interests are in Renaissance, architecture and theory, European Enlightenment, and photographic history and criticism. The major part of his scholarly energies are currently directed towards Leon Battista Alberti and the very extensive intellectual world that he inhabited.

We look forward to seeing you there – all staff and students welcome! 

The Prokalo Team



PROKALO is back for Autumn and Winter 2015!

We have a great line up of speakers encompassing the fields of Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Cultural Studies and of course lots of interdisciplinary ideas in between!

We have a new PhD student, Roxana Bakhshayesh, joining our team this year so now we are five and ready for a great term ahead!

As always PROKALO will meet for seminars and drinks reception every second Tuesday (exact dates to be announced so watch this space!) at 5pm – this term though we have a new bigger venue…

First PROKALO this term: Tuesday the 27th of October at 5pm, 2nd floor board room at Evolution House, West Port

This first session is a great opportunity to welcome the new PhD and Mphil cohort and is open to all PGR students and staff… Please do come along and celebrate the new term and a new beginning for ESALA’s new students!

Our first speaker for this seminar and welcome drinks will be Dr Jim Lawson

Watch this space for more details! .

See you there!

The PROKALO team