Please join us for the Spring 2017 Architecture Lecture Series. All lectures are open to the public and take place in 112 Wurster Hall on Wednesday nights at 6:30pm, unless otherwise noted.
2016 Branner and Stump Fellows
Neal Barber, Betsy Clifton, Chris Detjen, Nicholas Harvey-Cheetham, Isabella Warren and Kristen Too.
Wednesday, February 15
Join us for the 2016 Branner Fellows Lecture as recent winner's present their research to the CED community.
The John K. Branner Traveling Fellowship supports independent travel in exploration of a particular architectural question or issue. Although the topic of research may optionally be expanded as a thesis, it is expected that the experience of travel will enrich the fellow’s design studies.
2016 Branner Fellows
• Neal Barber
• Betsy Clifton
• Chris Detjen
• Nicholas Harvey-Cheetham
• Isabella Warren
2016 Stump Fellow
• Kristen Too
Following the lecture, there will be a reception in the Wurster Gallery, alongside the returning fellows' exhibit.
WORKac, New York
Wednesday, March 8
Amale Andraos is the Dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation.
Andraos has taught at numerous universities including the Princeton University School of Architecture, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania Design School and the American University in Beirut. Her recent design studios and seminar have focused on the Arab City, which has become the subject of a series of symposia entitled “Architecture and Representation” held at Studio-X Amman in 2013 and at the university’s New York campus in the Fall of 2014. Her publications include the recent 49 Cities, a re-reading of 49 visionary plans through an ecological lens; Above the Pavement, the Farm! (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010); and Architecture and Representation: the Arab City (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2016).
Andraos is a co-founder of WORKac (http://work.ac/), a 35-person architectural firm based in New York that focuses on architectural projects which re-invent the relationship between urban and natural environments. Since the founding of WORKac in 2003, principals Amale Andraos and Dan Wood have achieved international acclaim for projects such as the recently completed master plan for the New Holland Island Cultural Center in St. Petersburg, Russia, Wieden+Kennedy’s 50,000 sq ft, three story New York offices, the Blaffer Museum in Houston, Texas, the Children’s Museum of the Arts in Manhattan and the Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 216 in Gravesend, Brooklyn. Currently, in Africa, the firm is building its winning competition entry for a new 20,000 square meter Conference Center in Libreville, Gabon. Targeting LEED Gold certification, the project is expected to be completed in 2016 and will host diplomatic meetings, including the next African Union summit for heads-of-state. In addition, the firm is currently designing a second Edible Schoolyard at P.S. 7 in East Harlem and exploring the future of work, art, and technology with the design of a new home for the Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in downtown Brooklyn.
This lecture is presented with the AIA East Bay Chapter.
“Light in the Public Realm”
James Carpenter Design Associates , New York
Thursday, March 9
At the intersection of art, engineering and architecture “Light in the Public Realm” will explore James Carpenter’s focus upon the phenomenological qualities of light as a central organizing principle of the public realm. Using infrastructural, cultural and civic projects, James Carpenter will outline some of his firms’ innovative strategies that merge program, performance, structure and light to reveal the unique characteristics of a place and to embody a deeper collective experience of nature.
James Carpenter Design Associates (JCDA) is a cross-disciplinary design firm led by James Carpenter. The firm is recognized for its distinctive use of natural light, which serves as the foundation of its design philosophy. Considered a foremost authority on glass and daylighting, Carpenter has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. He holds a degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and was a Loeb Fellow of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Architecture Operations D.P.C. (ArcOps) is an independent and full service architecture firm established in 2012 which collaborates with JCDA to seamlessly provide clients with comprehensive design services on projects ranging in scale from new buildings to signature design features to reactivations of existing spaces—in each instance providing a unified design vision to guide the project from conception to completion.
Image: ©David Sundberg, “Sky Reflector-Net”, 2014, JCDA, Fulton Center, New York, NY
“Biological Design and Integrative Structures”
Knippers Helbig, Boston
Monday, March 13
During the last few decades, computational methods have been introduced into all fields of science and technology. In architecture, they enable the geometric differentiation of building components and allow the fabrication of materials with locally adjusted physical and chemical properties. In the natural sciences, a multitude of digital analysis methods as micro CT have been introduced. The step towards digital technologies enables the direct exchange of information between until now widely separated fields of science and have opened a new era in biomimetics: local differentiation at various scales, the main feature of natural constructions, can for the first time not only be analysed, but to a certain extent also be transferred to building construction. Almost all load-bearing biological structures are fibrous composites, using the principle of anisotropy to developed finely tuned mechanical and physical properties. This may lead to the fact that fiber based building materials may play a larger role for future developments in architecture and building construction. The presentation will show various projects as the EXPO Pavilion 2010 in Yeosu, Korea, or the Elytra Pavilion at the V&A in London that attempt to explore and demonstrate the potential of biomimetic research for architecture and engineering.
Jan Knippers is a german engineer, co-founder of engineering practice Knippers Helbig Advanced Engineering (www.knippershelbig.com). He studied civil engineering and got a consecutive PhD at TU Berlin. Since 2000 he is chair and director of the Institute for Building Structures and Structural Design (www.itke.uni-stuttgart.de), where he is leading research in long-span structures and novel materials. In collaboration with the Institute for Computational design he is involved in the development of the ICD + ITKE research pavilions, which deal with biomorphic form and automated robotic construction. In 2001 he co-founded Knippers Helbig in Stuttgart and in 2009 in New York. He is member of numerous national and international engineering associations.
This lecture is presented with support from "Design Innovation from Nature," the Institure of International Studio and their Interdisciplinary Faculty Program
Welcome Projects, Los Angeles
Wednesday, March 22
Laurel is a designer and academic. The object as form and cultural figure features broadly throughout all her work. She is director of WELCOMEPROJECTS a studio in Los Angeles. WELCOMEPROJECTS is a practice of discursive sensibilities focused on the production of real things in the world along with all the incumbent, critical fictions needed for their survival. We design projects large (buildings, houses, interiors), medium (installations, films, furniture) and small (handbags, games, wagons) imbuing each with curiosity and playful seriousness. Her work has most recently been exhibited at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, The New York Art Book Fair, and galleries in Los Angeles and New York.
The lecture is presented with support from the Howard Friedman Visiting Professorship Fund.
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark
Monday, April 3
Keith Krumwiede is Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Architecture Programs in the College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. His writing, teaching and design work explores the use, and misuse, of found forms, materials and words to examine the world and imagine other ways it might have been and may still be.
Krumwiede’s recent publication Atlas of Another America focuses on one of his best-known works, Freedomland, a utopia of communal superhomes constructed from the remains of the suburban metropolis. The book, formatted in the manner of an historical architectural treatise, mixes fact and fiction to imagine a counterfactual history of—or depending on one’s perspective, a speculative future for—the American Dream. Freedomland has been widely exhibited, most recently at the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. His writing and research have been published in The Avery Review, Log, Perspecta, Cite, Offramp, and Domus.
Krumwiede has taught at the Yale University School of Architecture, where he was an associate professor and assistant dean, and at the Rice University School of Architecture, where he was the Gus Sessions Wortham Assistant Professor. The recipient of many awards and prizes, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in architecture at the University of California at Berkeley and his Master of Architecture degree at the Southern California Institute of Architecture.
Image: Montage after M. d'Hondecoeter's A Concert of Birds for An Atlas of Another America
Michael Maltzan Architecture, Los Angeles
Wednesday, April 5
Michael Maltzan, FAIA, founded Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. in 1995. Through a deep belief in architecture’s role in our cities and landscapes, he has succeeded in creating new cultural and social connections across a range of scales and programs. Michael received a Master of Architecture degree with a Letter of Distinction from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and he holds both a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design where he received the Henry Adams AIA Gold Medal. His designs have been published and exhibited internationally and he regularly teaches and lectures at architectural schools around the world. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award.
This lecture is presented with support from the Richard Keating Fund.
Monday, April 10
Kazuyo Sejima is a principal of SANAA, a Tokyo-based architecture and design firm she co-founded with Ryue Nishizawa in 1995.
SANAA’s architects and designers work on projects ranging in scale from residential and interior design to large complex buildings and urban planning schemes, as well as product and furniture design. SANAA “approaches each project with a fresh perspective,” believing that designs “arise from conditions particular to the site and program.”
Recent work includes the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan, the Rolex Learning Center in Switzerland, and the Louvre-Lens in France. In the United States, SANAA designed the recently opened Grace Farms in Connecticut as well as the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion in Toledo, Ohio.
Kazuyo Sejima studied at the Japan Women’s University where she received a master’s degree in architecture in 1981. Shortly thereafter she worked in the office of architect Toyo Ito. Kazuyo Sejima has taught at Princeton University and Tama Art University among other institutions, and with her partner Ryue Nishizawa curated the 12th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennial in 2010. She and Ryue Nishizawa were named Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureates that same year.
This lecture is presented with the UC Regents Lecture Program and the Center for Japanese Studies.
Adam Nathaniel Furman
Adam Nathaniel Furman, Los Angeles
Wednesday, April 19
Trained in architecture, Adam Nathaniel Furman is a designer who works at various scales from products and installations, to interiors.
He runs the Saturated Space Research Cluster at the Architectural Association that publishes texts and organises events on colour in Architecture and Urbanism.
He was Designer in Residence at the Design Museum 2013-14, won the Blueprint Award for Design Innovation 2014, was the recipient of the UK Rome Prize for Architecture 2014-15 and was names 2016 “New Architect” by the Architecture Foundation.
He has worked for OMA, Ash Sakula Architects, Ron Arad, and currently works for Terry Farrell whilst pursuing personal projects in parallel. He writes regularly, including a column for the RIBA Journal.
Presented by the architecural journal, Room One Thousand.