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Coleman Coker










Coleman COKER

Architect and Professor, Austin, TX
8 October 2014
Wednesday, 7 pm, informal reception at 6:15 pm
Horchow Auditorium, DMA

Coleman Coker is an architect and artist best known for the Cook House, the Barton Residence, the Shiloh Falls Residence, Texas Twister at Rey Rosa Ranch, the Patterson Clinic, Bridges Center, and the Alligator House.  Coker founded buildingstudio in 1999 after a thirteen-year partnership with Samuel Mockbee as Mockbee/Coker Architects. Their work was collected in Mockbee/Coker, Thought and Process. Coker has earned numerous honors, including a P/A Design Award for low-cost housing, “Breaking the Cycle of Poverty”.  He has received two Record Houses Awards and National AIA Honor Awards. His work has been highlighted in various exhibits including MoMA, SF MoMA, Wexner Center for the Arts, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and in the permanent collection of the National Building Museum. Coker holds a Master of Fine Arts, and an honorary Doctorate, from the Memphis College of Art. He was awarded the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome and was a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is the Ruth Carter Stevenson Regents Chair in the Art of Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin. Coker has lectured extensively at universities and professional forums and has participated in numerous design juries across the country.
www.buildingstudio.net

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Lee MINDEL

Architect; Founder, Shelton, Mindel and Associates, New York, NY
10 November 2014
Monday, 7 pm, informal reception at 6:15 pm
Horchow Auditorium, DMA

Lee Mindel, FAIA is a co-founder of Shelton, Mindel & Associates (SMA), an architectural firm providing complete architectural, interiors and product design services for corporate, cultural, academic, retail, recreational, hospitality and residential clients.  Mindel received his B.A. with distinction from the University of Pennsylvania and his Masters of Architecture from Harvard. Mindel is a member of the Architectural Digest 100, and he has been inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame.  Mindel is also contributing editor for Architectural Digest and has a weekly column called The Architect’s Eye.  Among the firm’s many awards are twenty-eight AIA awards for interior architecture, seven Interior Design magazine Best of Year awards for residential and commercial interiors; fourteen design awards from the Society of American Registered Architects, as well as Good Design and American Architecture Awards from The Chicago Athenaeum.  The firm was also a recipient of the prestigious Cooper Hewitt National Design Award.  The San Francisco Museum of Fine Arts, National Academy of Design and Houston Museum of Fine Arts have exhibited the firm’s work. Product design lines for the firm include collections for Knoll, Waterworks, and Nessen Lighting.   The firm’s commissions range from Ralph Lauren’s Manhattan headquarters to Sting’s London townhouse.  SMA’s oeuvre focuses on minimalist spaces with precisely curated furnishings, often from midcentury masters.  The firm’s monograph, Shelton, Mindel & Associates: Architecture and Design highlights its projects that range from residential to large-scale corporate to ocean liners.  The intent of their projects is “to make the whole greater than the sum of its parts”.  To further quote Mindel, “There’s a great architect, an icon for most of us, named Louis Kahn, who said “Materials tell you what they want to be.” Kahn had the ability to reduce space to its primal elements, so whether we’re designing a new house, a corporate headquarters, a ship or an airplane, we try to distill ideas to their most pure and meaningful state.”           
www.sheltonmindel.com

Laurie Olin
Laurie Olin
Laurie Olin
Laurie Olin
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Laurie OLIN

Landscape Architect and Professor; Founder, OLIN, Philadelphia, PA
19 November 2014
Wednesday, 7 pm, informal reception at 6:15 pm
Horchow Auditorium, DMA

Laurie D. Olin is an internationally pre-eminent landscape architect.  In addition to founding the firm OLIN, he is the practice professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught for thirty years, and former chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University. Olin served as the landscape architect for the Barnes Foundation’s new center in Philadelphia.  He co-authored the book OLIN: Placemaking, featuring landscape architecture, urban design and planning projects.  His redesign of the Washington Monument grounds received the 2008 Design Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects.  OLIN received a Landscape Design Award from the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the recipient of an Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Design Medal from the American Society of Landscape Architects.  Olin is also the author of many books and has written extensively on the history and theory of landscape design.  A few important highlights of his career include the ASLA Medal, the highest honor given by the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Fellowship in the American Academy of Rome, and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture.  His work has also won numerous awards.  Among his many high-profile projects are Bryant Park, Columbus Circle, the Washington Monument, and the Getty.  He has also overseen dozens of less-known projects with equal care and focus, improving the quality of life for people in cities around the world.  Many consider his legacy to be the most significant of any landscape architect since Olmsted.  Olin is a recipient of a National Medal of Arts, presented in 2013 by President Barack Obama.  Awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, it is the highest honor given to artists by the U.S. Government.  Olin is the fourth landscape architect to receive the award, joining Lawrence Halprin, Dan Kiley and Ian McHarg.  The White House press release describes Olin as a “preeminent landscape architect” who is “renowned for his acute sense of harmony and balance between nature and design”.
www.theolinstudio.com

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James RICHÄRD

Architect; Founder, Richärd & Bauer Architecture, Phoenix, AZ
3 December 2014
Wednesday, 7 pm, informal reception at 6:15 pm
The Magnolia Theatre, West Village

James Richärd, AIA is the architectural design principal of Richärd & Bauer Architecture, a studio-based architectural and interiors practice focusing primarily on higher education, research, public and academic library design. The firm was founded in 1996 by James Richärd, AIA and Kelly Bauer FIIDA.  Formative experience within large firms reinforced the idea that the largest and best of projects were executed by a small group of dedicated people with a common vision. To that end, the firm remains an intimate size of highly skilled and motivated people.  Over its history the firm has garnered a multitude of local, regional, national and international design awards.  The firm was recognized as a “Designers of the Year” by Contract Magazine and as the “Firm of the Year” by AIA Arizona in 2013.  The studio was also recognized as an "Emerging Voice" by the Architectural League of New York, and as a "New Vanguard" by Architectural Record.  Richärd was also awarded the AIA Arizona Architect’s Medal in 2008.  Richärd was educated at the University of Arizona, College of Architecture. As a Designer with a large A/E firm in the Tucson Sonoran Desert, he developed a special sensitivity to the context of the region and environment.  He has over twenty-five years of experience in planning, design and construction of complex and high profile projects. With broad ranging architectural experience, he has specialized expertise in research labs, classroom buildings, higher education facilities and libraries. His design process lends itself to complicated multi-discipline clients. Richärd has extensive experience in facilitating the design process and technical knowledge for problem solving. Richärd’s integrated approach to sustainable design has resulted in award winning environmentally sensitive architecture.
www.richard-bauer.com

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Andersson
Andersson
Andersson
Andersson
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Arthur W. ANDERSSON

Architect; Founder, Andersson-Wise Architects, Austin, TX
4 February 2015
Wednesday, 7 pm, informal reception at 6:15 pm
The Magnolia Theatre, West Village

Arthur W. Andersson and F. Christian Wise founded Andersson-Wise Architects in 2001, focused on the idea that a collaborative approach to design leads to a built solution attuned to its purpose, as well as the broader issues of image and context. As Design Director, Andersson’s role as principal in charge is to provide leadership by establishing design concepts and integrating the client into the collaborative process.  Andersson has practiced architecture over three decades throughout the United States in Kansas City, New Orleans and Austin. He studied architecture at the University of Kansas and at the University of London, England graduating with a Bachelor of Environmental Design.  He collaborated with Charles W. Moore in designing the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans, and also established an office with Moore in Austin.  He is a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects.  For Andersson-Wise, the fundamental elements that give buildings meaning are found in nature.    The W Hotel + Residences with Austin City Limits LIVE at the Moody Theater, the Topfer Theatre at ZACH, the Dining Hall & Student Center and the Dormitory & Faculty Residences at St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, and Temple Beth Shalom on the Jewish Community Center in Austin are a short list of his recently completed projects.  Andersson was most recently selected to design a sustainably driven event center for the Boy Scouts of America called the Summit Bechtel Reserve: Ridge Leadership Center including a 300 seat lecture hall, dining hall, central lodge, and visitor lodging in West Virginia.  Andersson’s projects are full of light and atmosphere, the physical embodiment of the great Charles Moore’s influential tenet that architecture is about enhancing a sense of place. 
www.anderssonwise.com

Ponce De Leon

Monica PONCE DE LEON

Architect and Dean, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture, Ann Arbor, MI
26 February 2015
Thursday, 7 pm, informal reception at 6:15 pm
The Magnolia Theatre, West Village

Monica Ponce de Leon is the Dean and Eliel Saarinen Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning of the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning.  In 1991, she co-founded Office dA and in 2011 launched her own design practice, Monica Ponce de Leon Studio.  Dean Ponce de Leon received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Miami and a Masters of Architecture in Urban Design degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  She joined the Harvard Graduate School of Design faculty in 1996, where she was a Professor of Architecture and the Director of the Digital Lab.  She has also held teaching appointments at Northeastern University, the Southern California Institute of Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design and Georgia Institute of Technology among others.  She has received honors from the Architectural League of New York, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and the Cooper- Hewitt National Design Museum.  Ponce de Leon’s practice has received over 60 design awards including the AIA’s Institute Honor Award for Architecture (Macallen Building), Honor Award for Design Excellence, AIA New York Chapter (200 West Street Project Team, project for Office dA), Wallpaper Design Awards Best New Restaurant (Banq), the AIA/LA Design Award (Helios House), the AIA/ALA Library Building Award (Fleet Library at RISD), the AIA/Committee on the Environment’s Top Ten Green Projects (Macallen Building), five I.D. Magazine Annual Design Review Awards and eight Progressive Architecture Awards.
www.monicaponcedeleon.com

Tom Kundig
Tom Kundig
Tom Kundig
Tom Kundig
Tom Kundig
Tom Kundig
Tom Kundig
Tom Kundig

Tom KUNDIG

Architect; Founder, Olson Kundig Architects, Seattle, WA
24 March 2015
Tuesday, 7 pm, informal reception at 6:15 pm
City Performance Hall

Tom Kundig is a principal and owner of Seattle-based Olson Kundig Architects. Kundig is known for his poetic, elemental and intuitive designs that reveal his reverence for materials, art, craft and the experience of built space and our relationship to landscape. His current and past work can be found on five continents, including a World Heritage site in Dachstein, Austria.  Over the past three decades, Kundig has received some of the design world’s highest honors, including a National Design Award from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2012, he was inducted into Interior Design magazine’s Hall of Fame.  Kundig’s work has received over 50 awards from the American Institute of Architects, including ten National Design Awards, seven National Honor Awards and seven National Housing Awards. His work has appeared in hundreds of publications worldwide such as The New York Times, Architectural Record, Financial Times, Architectural Digest and The Wall Street Journal, and many books.  He is named in The Wallpaper 150 as a key individual of influence.  Kundig is the author of two monographs, Tom Kundig Houses and Tom Kundig Houses 2.
www.olsonkundigarchitects.com

Charles Renfro
Charles Renfro
Charles Renfro
Charles Renfro
Charles Renfro
Charles Renfro
Charles Renfro
Charles Renfro
Charles Renfro

Charles RENFRO

Architect and Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, New York, NY
23 April 2015
Thursday, 7 pm, informal reception at 6:15 pm.
Magnolia Theatre, West Village

Charles Renfro is a Partner in the firm of Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), an interdisciplinary design studio that integrates architecture, the performing arts, and the visual arts. Renfro is a graduate of Rice University and holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University’s GSAPP. He has taught at Rice, Parsons the New School for Design, School of Visual Arts, and Columbia University. Together with Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, he is intimately involved in the design of the studio’s projects. Renfro’s projects include the renovation and expansion of the Julliard School, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Creative Arts Center at Brown University, and Blur for the 2002 Swiss Expo. He currently leads design for the Rice University Opera Theater, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, the Stanford University Art & Art History Building, and Zaryadye Park in Moscow. Other projects for cultural institutions include the Alice Tully Hall and the Hypar Pavilion at Lincoln Center in New York. In addition to those already mentioned the firm is currently working on the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, the Museum of Image & Audio in Rio de Janeiro, and the Columbia Medical Building and Business School in New York. A signature project for the firm is The Highline, working together with James Corner/Field Operations. DS+R’s work has been exhibited worldwide at museums including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Whitney Museum, the Netherlands Architecture Institute, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, and the Centre Pompidou. Renfro is a contributing editor of Document Journal and his writing has been published in Bomb, OUT, and A+U Magazine. He is a board member of Spaceworks and Storefront for Art and Architecture, where he has been President of the Board since 2011. Renfro is a National Academy Academician, and was honored as a Rice University Distinguished Alumnus, one of the youngest alumni to ever receive this prestigious award.
www.dsrny.com

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