Cambridge University

Ax:son Johnson Centre for the Study of Classical Architecture

Seminar Series

Term-time Seminars

The Centre runs a regular seminar series during the Michaelmas (October-November) and Lent (January-March) terms. Seminars take place at 12:00 pm (GMT) on Fridays at The West Lodge (in the Music Room on Staircase E) at Downing College. Please be aware that the West Lodge is a first-floor room without level access. 

Online attendees: 

For those who are unable to attend in person, all of our seminars will be live-streamed via Zoom. Please use this link to attend virtually:

Seminar recordings:

Seminar recordings are left to the discretion of the speaker. Many of our lectures are uploaded to our YouTube channel, which can be accessed here: CSCA YouTube Channel

Series 6 

Lent Term 2024

26 January
‘The Art of Classic Planning: Building Beautiful and Enduring Communities’

Nir Buras, Classic Planning Institute


2 February
‘Conservation in Practice at Blenheim Palace and Birmingham Cathedral’ 

Kathryn Harris, Nick Cox Architects


9 February
‘Drawings of Antiquities and Architectural Practice in Rome at the end of the Cinquecento’ 

Anna Bortolozzi, Stockholm University

16 February
‘Ottoman Viewers of Athenian Architecture before Stuart and Revett’

Elizabeth Key Fowden, University of Cambridge

23 February
‘Copying, Conformity, and Classicism: Architecture after Vignola’ 

Michael J. Waters, Columbia University


1 March
‘Architecture and Landscape in a Renaissance Map’

Anthony Gerbino, Manchester University


8 March
‘”Speaking Emblems of Divinity”: French Architecture and Ancient Greek Literature during the Ancien Régime and Revolution’

Peter Fane-Saunders

15 March
‘Notes & Queries’: A Symposium in Honour of Richard Hewlings

This seminar will be a full-day, registered event at Downing College. Further details can be found on events.

Seminar Series Term Card Archive