Past Events and Exhibitions
SoA Lecture Series: Spring 2015
SoA Lecture Series: Ulrich Mueller
Join SoA Faculty and Students for a lecture by Ulrich Mueller. Mueller will be speaking on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 5:00pm at FAU’s downtown Fort Lauderdale Campus in the MetroLAB at 220 SE Second Avenue.
Exhibitions on contemporary architecture today are an integral part of communication between architects and the public, especially in German-speaking countries. On the one hand, architects want to present their work to a broader audience. On the other, the general public has a great need for information about architecture. Last but not least, exhibitions serve as a means for intellectual positioning within the architectural scene. (For a successful architect, exhibitions are, along with publications and a professorship, an important indicator of his or her intellectual influence.)
Just a couple of years ago, architectural exhibitions were solely documentary. Meanwhile, the format has developed into its own form of installation art, existing alongside and emancipated from the architect’s work. The question arises, how architecture—per se unable to be exhibited—can be translated into the small and temporary format of a gallery or a museum. Drawings, models and photographs can document a building, but the central elements of architecture—masses, space and materials—cannot simply be scaled down or copied. For this reason, these properties must be “translated” for an exhibition. Therefore, many architects develop spatial interventions or use crossmedia, transforming exhibition spaces into associative ones in which architectural thinking and experiences become possible without the physical presence of real architecture. This development will be explained through examples from our own exhibition program and international ones.
SoA Lecture Series: Fabiola Lopez-Duran, Ph.D.
Join SoA Faculty and Students for a lecture by Fabiola Lopez-Duran, faculty member at Rice University. Lopez-Duran will be speaking on Tuesday, February 11th at 1:30pm at FAU’s downtown Fort Lauderdale Campus in the MetroLAB at 220 SE Second Avenue.
Adopting a transnational and interdisciplinary perspective, Fabiola López-Durán’s research and teaching focuses on the history and theory of modern and contemporary European and Latin American art and architecture. Her forthcoming book, Eugenics in the Garden: Architecture, Medicine and Landscape from France to Latin America in the Early Twentieth Century, investigates a particular strain of eugenics that, at the turn of the twentieth century, moved from the realms of medicine and law to design, architecture, and urban planning—becoming a critical instrument in the crafting of modernity. Her work analyzes the cross-pollination of ideas and mediums—science, politics and aesthetics—that informed the process of modernization on both sides of the Atlantic, with an emphasis on Latin America.
López-Durán earned her Ph.D in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture and Art from MIT. Prior to joining the Rice University faculty, she was the 2009-2011 Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the Department of History of Art at UC Berkeley. Her awards include predoctoral fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, Dedalus Foundation, CLIR, Harvard Center for European Studies, Camargo Foundation, Samuel H. Kress Foundation and the Fulbright Program. Her work has been published in Europe, Asia, South America and the United States.
SOA Lecture Series: Eric R. Keune, AIA, LEED A.P.
Join SoA Faculty and Students for a lecture by Eric R. Keune, Chicago Office Director of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Keune will be speaking on Thursday, January 30th at 4pm at FAU’s downtown Fort Lauderdale Campus in the MetroLAB at 220 SE Second Avenue. Click here to view the poster.
Both an architect and a historian of architecture, Eric Keune brings a deeply rooted understanding of the relationship of a building to both the physical and temporal environments, in support of the notion that poetry resides in even the most pragmatic of buildings – it need only be discovered. Eric recognizes that, in order for a design to be successful, it must be rooted in and transcendent of its own epoch. Working within the modernist idiom, his design work is guided by fundamental principles: integration of architecture and landscape, exploration of the dialogue between programmatic and structural expression, and the careful manipulation of light and shadow.
Since joining SOM in 1998 Eric’s work has included the Jinling Tower, which was exhibited in the Venice Biennale, two projects for Kia Motors in Irvine, CA – the North American Headquarters and a new Design Center, which received a 2008 design award from the AIA, and the award-winning Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland. Eric was the Senior Designer of the recently completed U.S. Embassy in Beijing, the second-largest embassy constructed by the United States, and has continued this work for the State Department for both a new U.S. Consulate in Guangzhou, as well as a new addition to the Embassy in Beijing. Mr. Keune has held a variety of teaching positions, and is involved in ongoing historical research. He is the author of the 2006 monograph Paffard Keatinge-Clay: Modern Architect(ure)/Modern Master(s) and curated a traveling exhibition of the same name. His work has been published nationally and internationally.
SoA Lecture Series: Kristien Ring
Join SoA Faculty and Students for a lecture by Architect, Curator and Author Kristien Ring’s on the Selfmade City. Ring will be speaking on Monday, November 25th at 4pm at FAU’s downtown Fort Lauderdale Campus in the MetroLAB at 220 SE Second Avenue. Click here to view the poster.
SoA Lecture Series: Stephan Pinkau
In Germany, the grassroot way of planning features more and more interesting projects. As in these cases not the investor’s return of investment dominates architecture, it’s the citizens’. Participation by architecture means to take influence on designing one’s own way of life. The lecture asks about the background on the basis of historic and recent best practices.
Join SoA Faculty and Students for a lecture by Stephan Pinkau, Dipl. Ing. Architekt BDA, Germany and Professor Anhalt University of Applied Sciences. Pinkau will be speaking on September 5th at 4:30pm at FAU’s downtown Fort Lauderdale Campus in the MetroLAB at 220 SE Second Avenue. Click here to view the poster.