Cambridge University

Ax:son Johnson Centre for the Study of Classical Architecture

Seminar Series

Downing Hall Exterior

Seminar Series 

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:

Meeting ID: 952 3433 3462 Passcode: 196316


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

Michaelmas 2023

13 October

Jenny Saunt, Victoria & Albert Museum

‘Drawing in Lime: interactions of production and design in decorative plasterwork of the late seventeenth century’


20 October

Christine Stevenson, The Courtauld Institute of Art

‘Classicism as Jargon in Early Modern England’


27 October

Mari Hvattum, The Oslo School of Architecture and Design

‘Rethinking Style’

Photo credit: Karl Friedrich Schinkel’s Friedrichswerdersche Kirche and the DDR Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Josef Kaiser, Heinz Aust, Gerhard Lehmann, and Lothar Kwasnitza, Berlin. Photo: Gerd Danigel, 1990.
3 November

Cinzia Sicca, University of Pisa

‘John Talman’s Collection of Drawings and the Central Italian Foundations of a New Architecture for Eighteenth-century Britain’

Photo credit: by Giuseppe Grisoni, oil on canvas, 1718-1719, NPG 5781


10 November

Michael G. Imber, Michael G. Imber Architects

‘The Art of the Architect’


17 November

Jesús Escobar, Northwestern University

‘Mediterranean Ornament, Universal Monarchy: Classical Architecture in the Spanish Habsburg World’

Photo credit: Pedro Perret, after Juan de Herrera, Elevation of the Royal Basilica of El Escorial, 1587. Engraving. BNE INVENT/28853.


24 November

Fabrizio Nevola, University of Exeter

‘How Classical was the Early Renaissance Italian City?’


1 December

Konogan Beaufay, CSCA, University of Cambridge

‘Commemorative Mosaic Floor Inscriptions in the Roman Baths of Italy’



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