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Randy Brown


Founder; Randy Brown Architects; Omaha, NE
21 October 2015
Wednesday, 7 pm with reception at 6:15 pm
Magnolia Theatre, West Village

Randy Brown, FAIA is an architect and founder of Randy Brown Architects, an internationally recognized design studio operating at the forefront of experimental design.  From ambitious public buildings breathing life into communities to innovative art and ecological installations utilizing car parts and found objects, the studio meshes modern design with an appreciation for the land and lifestyle of the various regions in which they are built.  RBA has developed a unique approach to architecture that couples the best of modern, ecologically-sensitive design with an appreciation of the natural landscapes in which its projects are built. In addition to the studio’s award winning architecture design, Brown designs unique furnishings using found objects including tree stumps and other unusual materials.

Brown is frequently recognized by the national and international design community resulting in numerous publications of his projects, including Interior Design (cover), 50 US Architects, Architectural Record, Architect, and the Arch Daily blog.  Randy Brown was honored to receive the AIA National Young Architect Prize in 2002 and in recognition of his outstanding body of work he was made a Fellow of the AIA before the age of 40.  Brown’s work has been widely honored with awards at the state, regional and national levels, including 4 Interior Design Best of Year Awards, 6 Contract Interiors Awards, 3 Architectural Record Interior Awards, 6 Residential Architect National Awards, and 14 AIA National Honor Awards. Brown is also greatly in demand as a public speaker – presenting his projects in the larger context of architecture, design and the environment.


Coleman mcclurkan


Partner, Ennead Architects (formerly Polshek Partnership); New York, NY
3 November 2015
Tuesday, 7 pm with reception at 6:15 pm
Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art

Kevin McClurkan is a Management Partner in Ennead Architects. Ennead (formerly Polshek) is an internationally-acclaimed studio known for its cultural, educational, scientific and governmental work.  Ennead creates compelling architecture and master plans across a range of building types, including museums, performing arts theaters, laboratories, hotels, academic facilities, residential buildings, corporate office buildings and mixed-use complexes. Among the studio's notable projects are the William J. Clinton Presidential Center; the Newseum/Freedom Forum Foundation World Headquarters; the Natural History Museum of Utah; The Standard New York; Yale University Art Gallery Expansion; University of Michigan Biomedical Research Building; the Penn State School of Law; Cornell Medical Research Building; and the New York University Tisch School Institute of Performing Arts.

Current international projects include the United States Embassy in Ankara; the Seoul Foreign School; the Bairui Financial Center in Zhengzhou; the Qilin Science and Technology District in Nanjing; and the Shanghai Planetarium.  Projects in Texas include the UNT Business Leadership Center; the Cockrell School of Engineering Research Center and the McCombs School of Business Rowling Hall at the UT Austin. Ennead’s designs are celebrated for design excellence in the press and by hundreds of awards from professional and civic organizations, including the National AIA Honor Awards; the Chicago Athenaeum; the New York Municipal Art Society; and the New York Landmarks Conservancy.

McClurkan received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and was awarded the University’s Edward Durrell Stone Award for Excellence in Design. 


Bille Tsien

Billie TSIEN

Partner, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects; New York, NY
19 November 2014
Thursday, 7 pm with reception at 6:15 pm
Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art

Billie Tsien is Co-Founder and Partner of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects – a New York City based studio focused on work for museums, schools and non-profits – organizations that value issues of aspiration and meaning, timelessness and beauty. The firm’s compelling body of work includes the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia; the American Folk Art Museum in New York; the Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center; two additions to the Phoenix Art Museum; the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California; and the Asia Society Center in Hong Kong. Additional projects include the Feinberg Hall at Princeton; the Cranbrook Natatorium; the East Asian Library at UC Berkeley; and the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.  Among the firm’s select body of private residences is one for the developer of Urban Reserve here in Dallas.  Projects under construction or design include a technology campus for Tata Services in Mumbai, India; the New Embassy Compound in Mexico City; an addition to the Hood Museum at Dartmouth College; and the Center for Theater and Dance at the Phillips Exeter Academy.

Along with recurrent recognition by the American Institute of Architects, the firm has garnered local, national, and international acclaim and press. Most recently, Tsien and Williams were awarded an honorary international fellowship to the Royal Institute of British Architects, the National Medal of Arts from the United States government, and the Firm of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects. Additional recognition includes the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award; the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award; the Thomas Jefferson Medal in Architecture; and the Chrysler Award for Design Innovation. The firm’s work has been published extensively both in the United States and overseas. A monograph entitled Work/Life was released by Monacelli and a book on the architecture of the Barnes Foundation was released by Rizzoli. A third book, on an installation for the Venice Architecture Biennale, was published by Yale University Press.  Billie Tsien received a degree in Fine Arts from Yale and her Masters in Architecture from UCLA.  Parallel to her practice, Tsien maintains an active teaching career and lectures worldwide. Recently she has taught at Yale and Cornell.  Tsien is also the President of the Architectural League of New York and a board member of the Public Art Fund.


Alan Ricks


Architect and Urban Strategist, MASS Design; Boston, MA
10 December 2015
Thursday, 7 pm with reception at 6:15 pm
Magnolia Theatre, West Village

Alan Ricks is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of MASS Design Group, an impact-driven architecture and design firm focused on community design for underserved populations around the world. The firm began with the design and construction of the critically acclaimed Butaro Hospital in Rwanda and has since expanded to twelve countries on three continents, focusing on design innovation and health infrastructure development. MASS uses design to advance a more equitable world. Its projects span research, policy, education, and strategic planning that provide infrastructure, buildings, and the human and physical systems necessary for growth, dignity, and well-being. Among Mass Design’s major initiatives are the Center for Global Health in Uganda, medical centers for treatment of cholera and TB in Haiti, and the Africa Center for Peace in Rwanda.  Many of the studio’s projects result from research initiatives supported by the National Institute for Health in collaboration with faculty from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Alan Ricks has been named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, which 'recognizes the most extraordinary leaders of the world under the age of 40'. He is also Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab and was previously recognized by Forbes as a member of its “30 Under 30” honorees. Alan is also a regular guest lecturer at Harvard, McKinsey and Company, AIA events, and other conferences. He is a graduate of Colorado College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Under the leadership of Co-Founders Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks, MASS has been named a finalist for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, and received the World Architecture News Effectiveness Award, the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award, Healthcare Design Changemaker Award, the Curry Stone Design Prize, and Contract Magazine’s ‘Designer of the Year’.  He was also named by Fast Company magazine as one of the world’s 10 Most Generous Designers.  MASS’s first book, Empowering Architecture focuses on the Butaro Hospital design process.  With co-founder Michael Murphy he writes for journals including The Journal of Architecture, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, as well as for the Huffington Post.  Features on MASS include Wired magazine, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and in architecture and design publications including Interior Design, Architectural Record, Metropolis, and Domus.


Meejin Yoon

Meejin YOON

Architect and Professor,   Höweler + Yoon and MIT; Boston, MA
21 January 2016
Thursday, 7 pm with reception at 6:15 pm
Magnolia Theatre, West Village

Meejin Yoon is Professor and Head of the Department of Architecture at MIT. She is also a licensed architect and founder of MY Studio and Höweler + Yoon Architecture, LLP.  Yoon’s work has been widely recognized for its innovative and interdisciplinary nature. Her work has been awarded the United States Artist Award in Architecture and Design; the Athena RISD Emerging Designer Award; Architectural Record’s Design Vanguard Award; the Architecture League’s Emerging Voices Award; and the Rome Prize in Design. Her work has been exhibited in the National Design Triennial at the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum; the Museum of Modern Art; the Guggenheim Museum; the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Institut Valencia d’Art Modern in Spain, and the National Art Center in Tokyo.  Along with its many research and public space projects, the studio designed the offices for the Boston Society of Architects and the Sean Collier Memorial at MIT honoring the police officer killed following the Boston Marathon bombing. 

Yoon’s design research investigates new intersections between space, technology and materiality. She is the author of Expanded Practice: Projects by Höweler + Yoon and MY Studio, and Public Works: Unsolicited Small Projects for the Big Dig. The studio’s work has been published in Architect (cover), Architectural Record, Domus, Interior Design, I.D., The New York Times, and The Boston Globe.

Over the past decade at MIT Yoon has taught in both the Masters of Architecture program and the Undergraduate Architecture Studio sequence. Her studios focus on complex public building programs that engage contemporary cultural issues. Yoon received a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University, a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from Harvard University and is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship.



Founders and Directors of Ábalos+Sentkiewicz

Arquitectos; Boston, MA
Chair of the Department of Architecture, Harvard GSD (Ábalos)

3 March 2016
Thursday,  7 pm with reception at 6:15 pm
Magnolia Theatre, West Village

Iñaki Ábalos is the Chair of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard GSD as well as being a Partner in Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos. He received his Master´s and Ph.D. degrees in Architecture from the School of Architecture of Madrid.  He was a Co-Founder and Director of the esteemed Spanish architecture firm Ábalos & Herreros for over two decades before establishing his current studio.   He also is the Founder and Director of Laboratorio de Técnicas y Paisajes Contemporáneos in Spain.  Ábalos was given a RIBA International Fellowship in 2009.  Ábalos has also been a visiting professor at Columbia, the Architectural Association in London, Princeton and Cornell. His work has been widely published in journals and monographs, such as Ábalos & Herreros; Ábalos & Herreros, Grand Tour;  Ábalos+Sentkiewicz Arquitectos --Thermodynamic Beauty; Ábalos+Sentkiewicz: Form, Matter, and Energy and Essays on Thermodynamics, Architecture and Beauty. Ábalos is the author of Le Corbusier: Skyscrapers; Tower and Office and Natural Artificial among many others. Ábalos also curated the Spanish Pavilion at the 2014 Venice Biennale.


Renata Sentkiewicz has a Master's of Science from the Cracow Polytechnic School of Architecture. A Founder and Director of Ábalos+Sentkiewicz, she is also a member of the Zero Energy Alliance and a Design Critic at the Harvard GSD. Her professional work has been widely published in different national and international publications. An exhibition about her work:  Dualisms. Ábalos+Sentkiewicz was held at the GSD.  Sentkiewicz has given workshops and seminars in architecture and landscape in different international cities including the Berlage Institute, the IUAV in Venice, the Festarch Cerdegna, and the Universal Nacional de Colombia. 


Marc Fornes


Architect and Artist, THEVERYMANY, Brooklyn, NY
29 March 2016
Tuesday, 7 pm with reception at 6:15 pm
Magnolia Theatre, West Village

Marc Fornes is an architect and subject matter expert in computer science, investigating design though codes and computational protocols. Produced under his label THEVERYMANY™ his extensive body of research - addressing ways to describe complex curvilinear self-supported surfaces into series of flat elements - is constantly reinventing the field of Computational Skinning. As THEVERYMANY™, Marc has designed and built an extensive body of large-scale, highly-organic and self-supported structures situated between the field of art and architecture, including permanent installations in France, Canada and the United States. Some of these have been acquired and are in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou; the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France; and in many private collections. He has exhibited work at the Guggenheim (Contemplating the Void), Art Basel Miami, and Art Paris.


Fornes is a TED Fellow and has been a speaker at many events and institutions including the ArchiLab symposium and MoMA MIND. He was the recipient of an artist residency at the Atelier Calder, and his studio was awarded the New Practices New York by the AIA as well as the Architectural League Prize. His architectural work for Louis Vuitton is the recipient of the A+ Jury Award in the Pop Up category. Together with Francois Roche, Marc co-started “(n)Certainties” at Columbia University with visiting semesters at the University of Southern California and at Die Angewandte in Vienna. He has taught at the University of Michigan and he is currently teaching at Princeton and with Patrik Schumacher at the Harvard GSD. Fornes curated the European section for the 2008 Architecture Biennale in Beijing. Marc’s collaborations include SOM, Ross Lovegrove and ZAHA HADID Architects.  Marc holds a Masters of Architecture and Urbanism degree from the Design Research Lab of the Architectural Association in London.


Deborah Berke

Deborah BERKE

Founder and Architect; Deborah Berke Partners; New York, NY
13 April 2016
Wednesday, 7 pm with reception at 6:15 pm
Magnolia Theatre, West Village

Deborah Berke, FAIA, is the founding partner of Deborah Berke Partners, a New York City based architecture and design firm that has completed projects around the world. The firm’s work ranges in size from master plans for universities, large-scale civic buildings, ground-up boutique hotels and private residences. Regardless of scale, Deborah Berke Partners creates buildings that are elegant, authentic, inventive, and modern. The studio has designed projects in Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and around the United States including 21c Hotels in multiple cities, the Bard College Conservatory, SUNY Rockefeller Center, the James Hotel in Chicago, the renovation of the Yale School of Art, the Mannes College New School of Music, the Marlboro College Serkin Center, and the Irwin Union Bank in Columbus, Indiana.   The studio has received many awards for its projects including recognition from ULI, 9 AIA Design Awards, Architizer A+ Award, Conde Nast Readers' Choice, and induction in the Interior Design Hall of Fame.


Berke’s East End Compound project, which includes a renovated 1970s house by East End modernist Norman Jaffe, was published in Architectural Digest, and she has also been published in Dwell, The New York Times, Architectural Record, Interior Design Best of Hospitality, Departures, Wallpaper, and Monocle. This year was the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices 30 Year anniversary, and Metropolis highlighted a few past award recipients including Steven Holl, Toshiko Mori, and Ms. Berke. Deborah Berke is a Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University, and she previously taught at several schools including RISD.  Deborah was the inaugural recipient of the Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Prize and received Yale University’s Professor King-lui Wu Teaching Award.  Deborah is the co-editor, with Steven Harris, of The Architecture of the Everyday, published by Princeton Architectural Press. Yale University Press published a book on her firm’s work titled Deborah Berke – the first book about a contemporary American architect to be published by this esteemed academic press. A new book on the studio’s work will be published by Rizzoli in 2016.


Fred Kent

Fred Kent

Founder and Public Planner; Project for Public Spaces; New York, NY
4 May 2016
Wednesday, 7 pm with reception at 6:15 pm
Magnolia Theatre, West Village

Fred Kent is the Founder and President of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), the premier center for best practices, information and resources on Placemaking.  PPS helps people create and sustain public spaces that build stronger communities. Fred Kent is widely recognized as a leading authority on revitalizing city spaces and one of the foremost thinkers in livability, smart growth and the future of the city.  Before founding PPS, Fred obtained multiple degrees from Columbia and studied with Margaret Mead.  He also worked with William H. Whyte on the Street Life Project in New York City. The research resulted in the now classic book The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, a definitive work on human behavior in the urban environment.
Kent has worked on hundreds of projects, including Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square in New York City; Discovery Green in Houston, TX; Granville Island in Vancouver; Harvard Square for Cambridge; and a City-Wide Placemaking Campaign in Chicago. In addition to projects, Fred and his PPS team have brought placemaking to over 43 countries including Singapore, Hong Kong, Norway, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa as well as all fifty states to thousands of community and neighborhood groups.  Each year, he and the PPS staff give presentations or train more than 10,000 people in Placemaking techniques. Fred is a leader in the expansion of Placemaking as it has become a leading discipline for visionary global engagement. 


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