Maria Lisogorskaya, founding director of UK based collective Assemble, was invited by The Independent School for the City for their first School’s Out Session on 25 January 2019.
During School's Out! #1, Lisogorskaya spoke about alternative approaches to housing development in the UK and abroad, focusing on affordable, self-determinant and collective living during her talk Make, Don’t Make Do. On 26 January Lisogorskaya gave a workshop together with architect Tomas Dirrix.
School’s Out! is an initiative by Independent School for the City, a Rotterdam based one-year educational program for post-graduate level students from all over the world, in the fields of design, planning, sociology and architectural history.
Lisogorskaya lectured and delivered workshops internationally, and has been awarded the Winston Churchill Fellowship to research collective building projects in US and China. Assemble was founded in 2010 to undertake a single self-built project and has since delivered a diverse and award-winning body of work, whilst retaining a democratic and co-operative working method that enables built, social and research-based work at a variety of scales, both making things and making things happen. This approach has awarded them the prestigious Turner prize.