Doreen Heng LIU | NODE Architecture & Urbanism | Friedman Visiting Professor in Architecture
Wednesday, September 18
Location: 112 Wurster Hall
LOCATION, CONDITION & POSITION - My Design Practice in China
Please join us for our first lecture of the semester — an introduction to NODE's recent works as well as their initiatives and reflections on contemporary urbanism in China through the making of architecture today.
Founded in 2004 and led by Principal Architect Doreen Heng LIU, NODE Architecture & Urbanism (NODE) has a young and creative design team. For years, NODE has been leading a diversity of architectural, art and design practices in the South China region.
NODE focuses on architectural design while extending its practices to urban design and art installation. Over the years, the firm has been adhering to the researches and practices of the fundamental architectural issues and pursuing innovation based on practical and rigorous practices. Meanwhile, NODE also explores the cross-disciplinary openness and compatibility of architectural concepts, and takes it as the starting point of the design. In recent years, the firm has been particularly interested in the cross-disciplinary research and architectural making in the fields of public space, urban regeneration, cultural/artistic/academic buildings and public infrastructure. Inspired by the interaction and stimulation among different fields, NODE tries to keep a visionary and experimental perspective in the domain of architecture.
Juan Elvira | Murado & Elvira Architects
Wednesday, October 16
Location: 112 Wurster Hall
HOUSE OF LEAVES
The lecture will encompass a description of works and projects by Murado & Elvira Architects, along with a number of topics relevant to our practice. It will aim to a critical review of the office's work in the light of our understanding of architecture and its context.
Graduated architect from ETSAM (1997, Honors). Master’s Degree in Advanced Architectural Design at Columbia University of New York (MSAAD ’00), under the Fundación La Caixa fellowship program. Ph.D. Degree in Architecture from Madrid Polytechnic University (2014, Summa Cum laude). The manuscript, entitled “Ghost Architecture. Space and the production of Ambient Effects” has been awarded 1st mention at Arquia/Tesis foundation in 2015 and at the Bienal Iberoamericana de Arquitectura 2016.
Juan Elvira has a wide experience in education as a Design Studio teacher, with more than ten years at ETSAM, where he is Ph.D. Professor of Architectural Design. He is also MPAA professor (Postgraduate Master of Advanced Architectural Projects, since 2016) where he explores issues around ambient production and design in the city of the Anthropocene.
He is also an invited lecturer in diverse national and international universities (IE University, ESARQ Universidad Internacional de Cataluña, Faculty of Architecture and Fine Arts NTNU Trondheim, Istituto Europeo di Design, Universidad Iberoamericana de Puebla, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, University of California Berkeley, among others).
As a critic and editor, Juan Elvira has authored and edited five books, more than fifteen book chapters, and more than twenty articles in national and international periodicals. He has also co-directed Oeste Architecture Magazine (2002-2004). His scholarly activity includes presentations in conferences and lectures in national and international institutions. Co-author of L100Y (live 100 years. Longevity and the future city) research awarded the first prize at the 2016 Bienal de Arquitectura Española. Member of the Bienal de Canarias Observatorio del Paisaje. Member of the international research group Atmospheric Spaces: Aura Stimmung Ambiance. Member of the network of experts of Spanish innovation foundation COTEC (expert in Innovative Spaces).
He is co-founder and head of the architecture office Murado & Elvira along with Clara Murado. Murado & Elvira is a Madrid-based multidisciplinary office dedicated to innovative architecture and interior design. Their work has been awarded in many national and international competitions and has been exhibited at prestigious venues as the Mostra Internazionale de Architettura di Venezia (2008, 2018), the Bienal de Arquitectura Española, and international exhibitions Freshmadrid, Export: Spanish architecture abroad and Archipaper. It has been a finalist at the Norwegian National Architecture Prize Staten Byggeskikkpris 2012, selected at the Bienal Española de Arquitectura y Urbanismo 2013 and nominated to the Mies Award 19 (European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture).
With a youthful team of professionals, our coming projects are covering different scales and scopes, from housing to public buildings. We propose a sustainable approach to design, where user participation, shared creativity, and building techniques seek to benefit both society and nature.
Jesse LeCavalier | LECAVALIER R+D | Daniels Faculty, University of Toronto
Wednesday, October 23
Location: 112 Wurster Hall
LeCavalier will consider the influence of logistics on contemporary urbanism by describing some of his recent research and design work.
Jesse LeCavalier (LECAVALIER R+D) explores the architectural and urban implications of contemporary logistics and infrastructure. He is the author of The Rule of Logistics: Walmart and the Architecture of Fulfillment (University of Minnesota Press, 2016) and associate professor of architecture at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto. LeCavalier was the Daniel Rose Visiting Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Architecture from 2018-19 and the 2010–11 Sanders Fellow at the University of Michigan. His work has appeared in Cabinet, Public Culture, Places, Art Papers, and Harvard Design Magazine and his essay, “The Restlessness of Objects,” was the recipient of a 2013 Core77 Design Award. LeCavalier’s installation “Architectures of Fulfillment” was part of the 2017 Seoul Biennale for Architecture and Urbanism as his project "Shelf Life" was one of five finalists for the 2018 MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program.
Questions for Students in Architecture, Bay Area Planning Directors Panel
Wednesday, November 6
Location: 112 Wurster Hall
The environmental challenges of changing ecologies, societies, economies and technologies inform and are formed by architecture and its design. The Department of Architecture invites the planning leaders of small and large cities in the Bay Area to pose questions that the next generation of architects should be addressing.
Director, Department of Planning & Development, City of Berkeley
Timothy Burroughs is the Director of the City of Berkeley Department of Planning & Development. The Planning and Development Department's mission is to enhance safety, livability and resilience in the built environment and to work together with the community to promote and protect Berkeley's distinctive neighborhoods, vibrant commercial areas, unique character and natural resources for current and future generations. In his role as Director, Timothy oversees zoning and land use planning, building construction permitting, rental housing safety, seismic safety, energy and sustainability policy, and regulation of toxics materials.
Timothy has over 10 years of experience working to advance urban resilience, sustainability, and livability. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, West Africa from 1999-2001. He has a Master’s degree in international environmental policy from American University in Washington, D.C. Timothy lives and bikes in Berkeley with his wife and two kids.
Planning Director, City and County of San Francsico
John Rahaim has been the San Francisco Planning Director since 2008. During his tenure, the city’s Planning Department has been a key player in managing the city’s dramatic changes. 21C San Francisco has become the country’s poster child for the possibilities -- and challenges -- of a new era of urban growth. The city exemplifies the primary urban issues of our time.
Mr. Rahaim was born raised in Detroit, Michigan and is a first generation Lebanese American. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Architecture (with an emphasis on urban design) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
With 35 years of work in three city planning agencies -- Pittsburgh, Seattle and San Francisco – Mr. Rahaim’s work is now guided by the belief that, with guidance and good planning, cities can grow sustainably, gracefully, and inclusively.
William A. Gilchrist
Director of Planning and Building, City of Oakland FAIA
William A. Gilchrist, FAIA, is the Director of Planning and Building for the City of Oakland, CA. Bill’s career has spanned both public and private sectors, developing land-use policy, urban design and historic preservation programs, capital project delivery systems, and strategies for community engagement and regeneration.
In his previous roles as director of Place-Based Planning in New Orleans, LA and director for the Department of Planning, Engineering & Permits in Birmingham, AL, he oversaw the coordination and merger of city-departments including engineering, public works, planning, urban design, and building and inspection services, as well as integrating permitting processes across all regulatory agencies to improve efficiency and customer service. His work has been recognized by the Urban Land Institute, the American Institute of Architects, the National League of Cities, the American Planning Association, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Bill has engaged academic centers of excellence in design and planning as effective resources for local and regional development and has served on advisory bodies to MIT, Carnegie Mellon University, and Auburn University. Bill was a founding member of the Birmingham, Al. Chapter of the National Association of Minority Architects. He has consulted in Romania and Ukraine as part of initiatives to assist cities in those countries establish local land-use, planning, and urban design programs.
He is a Trustee of the Urban Land Institute and past chair of its Public Private Partnership Council. Bill is an alumnus of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Among his most noted capital projects are the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, and Birmingham’s Railroad Reservation Park, which received the 2012 ULI Open Space Award. In 2006, he was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for his distinguished career as an architect in public service. As part of its 150 th Anniversary Celebration, MIT’s Department of Architecture bestowed Bill with its Alumni Award for Civic Design.
City Manager, City of Lafayette
Niroop has over thirty years of local government experience leading high-functioning professional staff in two vibrant and desirable cities, Naperville Illinois and Lafayette California. She is senior advisor to city councils and planning commissions, including the California Statewide Communities Development Authority, on issues such as land use policy, economic development, strategic growth initiatives, housing and urban design. She is an advocate for local control representing cities’ interests at the regional and state level. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture and has completed graduate coursework in Architecture and Urban Design at Washington University St. Louis.