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10.08.14 | SCI-Arc, W.M. Keck Lecture Hall
Joshua Prince-Ramus: Agency

Wed, Oct 8, 7pm
W.M. Keck Lecture Hall

Intro by John Enright

Joshua Prince-Ramus is Principal of REX, an internationally acclaimed architecture and design firm based in New York City, whose name signifies a re-appraisal (RE) of architecture (X). Operating across many scales, REX consistently challenges and advances building typologies, and promotes the agency of architecture.

Seminal projects include the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, Texas; the Vakko Fashion Center in Istanbul, Turkey; and the Seattle Central Library. The subject of numerous international exhibitions and publications, the work of REX has been recognized with many of the profession’s top accolades, including the American Institute of Architects’ National Honor Award in 2005 and 2011. Current projects include the Mercedes-Benz Future Center in Stuttgart; a 125-meter tall, dynamic, sunlight-responsive installation shading the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas; a $480 million, 80-story tower in Kuala Lumpur; and a 47,000 SF private residence on Long Island.

The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, Texas/REX Architecture (Photo: Iwan Baan)

REX is fundamentally driven to advance architectural agency. "We believe it is time for Architecture to do things again, not simply represent things. Departing from the modus operandi of most contemporary practices—where a formal agenda supersedes a project’s intractable realities—REX emphasizes performance, a hybrid of program, organization, and form calibrated to each client’s aspirations and each project’s constraints. Unprejudiced by convention or a preconceived aesthetic strategy, we return to root problems and doggedly explore them with a critical naiveté. Sometimes we discover uncharted territory; sometimes we rediscover forgotten territory that has renewed usefulness; sometimes we reaffirm conventions with assured conviction. Through this process, we expose solutions that transcend those we could have initially or individually imagined, and aspire to produce designs so functionally specific that they offer profoundly unique aesthetic experiences."