"In the Absence of Raimund Abraham," an international architecture conference honoring and exploring the work of the late architect will be held June 13 at the MAK Vienna.
Among those participating will be architects Eric Owen Moss, director of SCI-Arc; Michael Rotondi, SCI-Arc distinguished faculty member; Peter Eisenman, Wolf D. Prix, and Lebbeus Woods.
Hours before his death in a car accident in Los Angeles on March 4, Abraham had given a public lecture, "Profanation of Solitude," at SCI-Arc in which he summed up his uncompromising attitude towards architecture. He had been teaching a studio at the school at the invitation of Moss.
The MAK is partnering with Studio Prix at the University of Applied Arts Vienna in presenting "In the Absence of Raimund Abraham." The conference is designed to showcase the unshakable contemporaneity and unique imagination of the architect, visionary, theoretician, mentor and teacher in an international context.
Abraham, who was born in Austria and had lived in the U.S. since 1964, was a nonconformist who campaigned for architecture's collective renewal. His extraordinary built work, the Austrian Cultural Forum Building in Manhattan, opened in 2002.
Herbert Muschamp, while he was architecture critic of the New York Times, referred to the structure as the most important piece of architecture since the Seagram Building by Mies van der Rohe and the Guggenheim Museum by Frank Lloyd Wright.