SPRING 2014 LECTURES
Wednesday, Mar 12, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Johnston Markleeís diverse portfolio, led by principals Sharon Johnston and Mark Lee, is unified by a singular conceptual approach to each project where the relationship between design and building technology are explored to create unique works of architecture.
While maintaining a deep commitment to architecture history and the discipline's ongoing discourse, Johnston Marklee draws upon an extensive network of collaborators in related fields to broaden the breadth of design research, which has a particular focus on the arts.
The Los Angeles-based firm has developed a range of institutional, residential, and commercial commissions in the U.S., as well as in Argentina, Chile, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, and China since it was founded in 1998.
Current projects include The Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Texas; a campus for the UCLA Graduate Art Program in Culver City, California; DEPART Foundation's Poggio Golo winery in Montepulciano, Italy; Pavilion of Six Views, in Shanghai, China for the West Bund 2013: A Biennial of Architecture and Contemporary Art; and Chile House/META, a community arts center in Penco, Chile.
The firm has garnered many notable awards including Progressive Architecture Design Awards, AIA Los Angeles & AIA California Council Honor Awards, American Architecture Award, and an AR Award for Emerging Architecture.
Mark Lee, Principal, received his Bachelors in Architecture from University of Southern California and his Masters in Architecture from Harvard University. He has taught at the ETH in Zurich, UCLA in Los Angeles, and the Technical University of Berlin. Sharon Johnston, AIA, Principal, received her Bachelors in History from Stanford University and her Masters in Architecture from Harvard University, and she has taught at SCI-Arc and UCLA in Los Angeles. They have taught together at Rice University in Houston as the Cullinan Visiting Professor and currently they are Visiting Studio Professors at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University in Cambridge.
Wednesday, March 19, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
If the work we produced in the last decade operated between architecture and landscape, with an emphasis on landscape urbanism, the more recent work has returned to smaller scale buildings and projects, incorporating lessons learned from landscape but with a stronger emphasis on the specific agency of architecture and the power of the situated object. Architecture can do things landscape cannot; in complex urban settings, the "strategy of the void," while attractive, is finally limiting. Today we are working on in field-like strategies of aggregation, on institutional programs in contemporary urban sites, and designing everyday spaces for working artists.
Stan Allen is an architect working in New York and George Dutton í27 Professor of Architecture at Princeton University. From 2002 to 2012 he was Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton. He holds degrees from Brown University, The Cooper Union and Princeton. His architectural firm SAA/Stan Allen Architect has realized buildings and urban projects in the United States, South America and Asia.
Responding to the complexity of the modern city in creative ways, Stan Allen has developed an extensive catalogue of innovative design strategies, in particular looking at field theory, landscape architecture and ecology as models to revitalize the practice of architecture. Since 2008, he has received 3 P/A Awards and 5 AIA Awards, as well as the John Hejduk Award from the Cooper Union and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. His work is published in Points + Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City (2001) and his essays in Practice: Architecture, Technique and Representation (2008). His most recent book is Landform Building: Architectureís New Terrain, published in 2011.
Wednesday, March 26, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Itís November 2013. I was just asked to do this. Consequently I have NO IDEA what Iím going to talk about in March. Likely, cats will come up. This is because 1) I have a cat whom I love and who is dying now and may not survive another four months and 2) because Iíve spent the last seven years writing a 27-volume novel called The Familiar, which concerns a cat. In fact, the first volumes are due five days after I give this talk. Itís highly likely then that process will come up a lot. No doubt Iíll be exhausted, damp with thought, more off-kilter than usual ó i.e. impatient and unpleasant. One promise I can make: I usually know how to survive large, complex projects. One promise I canít make: that I wonít just stand up and read a story about a zoo and a particularly dangerous tiger.
Mark Z. Danielewski is the author of the award-winning and bestselling novel House of Leaves, National Book Award finalist Only Revolutions, and The Fifty Year Sword, which was performed on Halloween three years in a row at REDCAT. He is currently finishing the very beginning of The Familiar, a 27-volume novel about a 12-year-old girl who finds a kitten.