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AIA LECTURE SERIES

Chris had the great privilege to organize the annual Lecture Series for the American Institute of Architect’s Central PA Chapter from 2005 to 2014. The purpose of the series was to promote education about the craft of architecture, and funding was sponsorship-driven with all surplus funds being donated to architectural scholarships. We enjoyed strong attendance at these events and considerable positive feedback.

The collection of practitioners that we were able to bring to Central PA is unrivaled and includes national and international architects practicing at a wide range of scales. All the presenters lead small to mid-sized design-driven practices and teach at the most prestigious architectural schools in the world. And although each has an individual “dialect,” they all communicate in an unapologetically modern architectural language as an expression of the 21st century. Chris has found the work and insights into the process of each firm to be inspiring and motivating.

Chris could speak at length about each architect but some of the most memorable presentations include: Marlon Blackwell’s conviction to design at the highest level regardless of location or budget, Snohetta’s power to maintain craft and sophisticated detailing even on very large projects, Shigeru Ban’s commitment to not only architecture but also to humanity, Julie Eizenberg’s vision for an evolving profession, Steve Dumez’s philosophy of a citizen architect as a foundation for crafting impactful design.

STEVE DUMEZ, FAIA / ESKEW+DUMEZ+RIPPLE

STEVE DUMEZ, FAIA / ESKEW+DUMEZ+RIPPLE

Building Community / 2014

“I found the work presented by Steve Dumez, FAIA to be consistently innovative and beautiful while being firmly grounded in its context and expressive of our time.” CDD

FLORIAN IDENBURG / SO-IL

FLORIAN IDENBURG / SO-IL

To be Determined / Fall 2013

“Florian is very talented, dedicated, and strives to test boundaries with a sense of humor and willingness to loosen the reigns of control at times in the name of artistic pursuits…” CDD

MICHEL ROJKIND / ROJKIND ARQUITECTOS

MICHEL ROJKIND / ROJKIND ARQUITECTOS

Oversimulation / Spring 2013

“Michel’s work strikes a wide range of cords for me ranging from being provocative to simultaneously thoroughly resolved, driven by function but strikingly beautiful, and surprising in its ability to span all scales.” CDD

AUDREY MATLOCK, AIA / AUDREY MATLOCK ARCHITECTS

AUDREY MATLOCK, AIA / AUDREY MATLOCK ARCHITECTS

Here There and Everywhere / Fall 2012

“Audrey’s work is innovative and she discussed ways in which the work pushed boundaries in the pursuit of poetic architecture that is rooted in a deep understanding of how buildings go together. She made the case for architectural program and context as drivers for powerful architectural solutions.” CDD

KATSUHIRO YAMAZAKI / ATELIER TAG

KATSUHIRO YAMAZAKI / ATELIER TAG

Path to Practice / Spring 2012

“thoughtful approach to an architecture rooted in its surroundings and careful consideration of materials and the craft of building became immediately evident… I see Atelier TAG as developing a humanistic modernism that can be tracked to the likes if Alvar Aalto.” CDD

WINKA DUBBELDAM / ARCHI-TECTONICS

WINKA DUBBELDAM / ARCHI-TECTONICS

Fragmentation as Optimization / Fall 2011

“Winka’s presentation validated my introduction that her work feels like the future of architecture. She noted her stated interest in blurring the boundary between industrial-design intelligence and architecture… Winka’s designs were inspiring in their rigor, elegance, and ultimately their beauty.” CDD

SEBASTIAN SCHMALING, AIA / JOHNSEN SCHMALING ARCHITECTS

SEBASTIAN SCHMALING, AIA / JOHNSEN SCHMALING ARCHITECTS

Restraining Order / Spring 2011

“Sebastian spoke in a restrained manner befitting his message and the sincerety of his passion for architecture.” CDD

PAUL LEWIS, AIA / LTL ARCHITECTS

PAUL LEWIS, AIA / LTL ARCHITECTS

Opportunistic Architecture / Fall 2010

“LTL Architects work is rooted in intensive design exploration continually asking “what if.” CDD

CRAIG DYKERS, AIA / SNØHETTA

CRAIG DYKERS, AIA / SNØHETTA

Snøhetta Works / Spring 2010

“demonstrated that Snøhetta creates deeply humanistic spaces, Craig seems equally curious about architecture and human nature.” CDD

JULIE EIZENBERG, AIA / KONING EIZENBERG ARCHITECTS

JULIE EIZENBERG, AIA / KONING EIZENBERG ARCHITECTS

Relationships / Fall 2009

“spoke to the relationships buildings have with their surroundings [and] architects to other disciplines.” CDD

SHIGERU BAN, HON. FAIA / SHIGERU BAN ARCHITECTS

SHIGERU BAN, HON. FAIA / SHIGERU BAN ARCHITECTS

Works + Humanitarian Activities / Spring 2009

“[is] dedicated to the craft of architecture and, above all else, deeply concerned about his fellow man on a global scale.” CDD

TOSHIKO MORI / TOSHIKO MORI ARCHITECTS

TOSHIKO MORI / TOSHIKO MORI ARCHITECTS

Works + Projects / Fall 2008

“Toshiko lived up to John Hejduk’s notion that the architect is responsible for creating the spirit of a thought in their.” CDD

TINA MANIS, AIA / TINA MANIS ASSOCIATES

TINA MANIS, AIA / TINA MANIS ASSOCIATES

4 Questions / Spring 2008

“Tina has bold aspirations of creating architecture that tells us something new about ourselves.” CDD

JOHN ENRIGHT, AIA / GRIFFIN ENRIGHT ASSOCIATES

JOHN ENRIGHT, AIA / GRIFFIN ENRIGHT ASSOCIATES

Latent Context / Fall 2007

“I found the work of Griffin Enright to be inspiring… The framework for the presentation and basis for the title was their process of uncovering meaning in architectural projects which I found ofen to be rooted in ideas of circulation or the Corbussian notion of promenades architecturales.” CDD

VICTORIA MEYERS, AIA / HANRAHAN MEYERS ARCHITECTS

VICTORIA MEYERS, AIA / HANRAHAN MEYERS ARCHITECTS

Framing Nature / Spring 2007

“hMa view architecture as a vehicle for connecting man with the natural world.” CDD

MARLON BLACKWELL, FAIA / MARLON BLACKWELL ARCHITECTS

MARLON BLACKWELL, FAIA / MARLON BLACKWELL ARCHITECTS

2006

“he grounded his work in the belief that architecture can be rooted in the everyday and in a search for marvelous ideas.” CDD