Events

Arne Jacobsen and St Catherine’s College: a conference

A black-and-white image of Arne Jacobsen, sitting and smiling, looking down and with a pipe in his mouth.
On 27 August, St Catherine’s College will be hosting a one-day conference in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the College’s opening. The conference will look at Arne Jacobsen’s work at St Catherine’s both in its 1960s context and from the present-day perspective of both the UK and Denmark.

Central to the day’s talks will be an opportunity to hear from the members of Arne Jacobsen’s studio about their working relationship with the architect and their role in the design and construction of the College.

The event also provides a platform for launching two projects of great importance to the College and those who have an interest in its history:

  • During the course of this year, the College Archives are overseeing the digitisation of Arne Jacobsen’s drawings and plans of St Catherine’s. This is the first stage of a longer-term project to digitise all the drawings and plans held in the College’s physical archives. The aim is to provide an online resource for architectural researchers, students and practitioners.
  • This year also sees the start of research and writing on the part of René Kural of the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, of a book about St Catherine’s College.

Schedule for the conference

TimeActivityLocation

SATURDAY 27 AUGUST

10amRegistrationThe Lodge, Arumugam Building
11amMorning coffeeBernard Sunley Building foyer and gardens
11.30amKersti Börjars, Master of St Catherine's College
A welcome to St Catherine’s College
Bernard Sunley Building Lecture Theatre
11.40amAlistair Fair, University of Edinburgh
St Catherine’s in the context of 1960s UK architecture - Modernism and building for the new universities
Bernard Sunley Building Lecture Theatre
12.15pmGeoffrey Tyack, Kellogg College, Oxford
The Commissioning of Arne Jacobsen
Bernard Sunley Building Lecture Theatre
1pmLunchHall
2.15pmTeit Weylandt and Peter Denney
Working with Arne Jacobsen: a discussion with visuals chaired by Stephen Hodder
Bernard Sunley Building Lecture Theatre
3.00pmTobias Jacobsen
Personal memories of Arne Jacobsen
Bernard Sunley Building Lecture Theatre
3.30pmAfternoon teaBernard Sunley Building foyer and gardens
4pmStephen Hodder, Hodder + Partners, Manchester
The challenges of adding to St Catherine’s
Bernard Sunley Building Lecture Theatre
5.15pmRené Kural, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen
A view from present-day Denmark about St Catherine’s and an introduction to the book project (video presentation)
Bernard Sunley Building Lecture Theatre
5.30pmArchive Exhibition/Digital Archive Launch:
An opportunity to look at a selection of Arne Jacobsen’s plans and drawings for St Catherine’s as an introduction to the archive digitisation project. Further viewing opportunities will be available after dinner and after breakfast on Sunday morning.
College Archive, the Wolfson Library
6.30pmReceptionThe Long Dining Room, Senior Common Room
7.15pmGala dinnerHall

SUNDAY 28 AUGUST

8amBreakfastHall
9amTours of the College

The programme might be subject to changes, please return to this page to learn of updates.

Booking

Ways of attending the conference:

  • All-inclusive package (event code: AJP2022)

The all-inclusive cost of the conference is £260. This covers the conference sessions, morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea, a sparkling wine reception, a four-course gala dinner, an overnight stay in an en suite bedroom with breakfast the following morning, and a tour of the College. Please use event code AJP2022 when booking.

  • Day attendance only (event code: AJD2022)

The day attendance only cost is £65. This covers the conference sessions, morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea. It does not include the other items listed under the all-inclusive package. Please use event code AJD2022 when booking. Our booking system is set up for overnight stays, so when booking you should enter arrival date of 27 August and departure of 28 August – even though you will not be staying overnight. This allows you to book at the reduced day rate.

  • Student day delegate  (event code: AJDSTU)

The special discounted day attendance cost for students is £10. This covers the conference sessions, morning coffee and afternoon tea. It does not include lunch or the other items listed under the all-inclusive package. Please use event code AJDSTU when booking. Our booking system is set up for overnight stays, so when booking you should enter arrival date of 27 August and departure of 28 August – even though you will not be staying overnight. This allows you to book at the reduced day rate.

You may also book for additional overnight stays (event code: AJPADD):

If you wish to stay at the College on Friday 26 August or Sunday 28 August, please go to the booking page using event code AJPADD to book for £75 per night.

If you have any difficulty with using the booking system, please send an email to james.bennett@stcatz.ox.ac.uk together with a contact telephone number and times when it would be convenient for you to be called back with help.

To book, go to the booking page (link below) and scroll to the foot of the page. Follow the steps below to complete the green booking form entitled ‘St Catherine’s College – Make an online booking’:

  1. enter the appropriate event code (as above)
  2. select arrival date
  3. select departure date (28 August for both all-inclusive package and day attendance)
  4. enter the number of tickets you wish to book (guests)
  5. click search and further details on how to complete the booking will be provided.

Go to the booking page and when completing the form use the appropriate event code »

For further information, please contact the conference organiser, James Bennett, on james.bennett@stcatz.ox.ac.uk

Date

27 August, 2022

Time

All day

Venue

St Catherine's College, Oxford