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PennDesign Spring 2018 Lecture Series Opens January 22

Philadelphia—The University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign) Spring 2018 Lecture Series brings more than 30 of the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, planners, artists, and preservationists to Philadelphia. The series opens on Monday, January 22, with Manuel Pastor (Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California), in conversation with PennDesign Dean and Paley Professor Frederick Steiner, and a lecture by Enrique Norten (Principal, TEN Arquitectos). The schedule includes a conference on history, environment, and risk in architecture; and symposium on the concrete surface from a conservation standpoint.

Among the scheduled speakers:

  • Jenny Osuldsen, Partner, Snøhetta
  • Felipe Arbelaez, Regional President, BP Latin America
  • Jeff Goodell, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone
  • David N. Fixler, FAIA, Principal, Architecture Planning Preservation
  • Josiah McElheny, Sachs Visiting Professor of Fine Arts, PennDesign

Unless noted otherwise, lectures take place at Meyerson Hall, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, and admission is free and open to the public. Information is subject to change; please visit https://www.design.upenn.edu/events-exhibitions or sign up for PennDesign’s e-newsletter to confirm details.

Select lectures are eligible for continuing education credit. Contact the presenting department or center for more information.

Monday, January 22, 6:00pm
Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity, University of Southern California
Conversation with Dean Frederick Steiner on Social and Environmental Justice
Presented by City and Regional Planning

Monday, January 22, 7:00pm
Due to unforeseen circumstances, this event was re-scheduled from Wednesday, January 17.
The Warren W. Cunningham Lecture
Enrique Norten, Principal, TEN Arquitectos
“Recent Work”
Presented by Architecture

Thursday, February 1, 1:30pm
Jesse Jenkins, Researcher
“Getting to Zero: Pathways to Zero Carbon Electricity Systems”
Presented by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

Monday, February 5, 6:30pm
Francine Houben, Founding Partner/Creative Director, Mecanoo Architecten
“People, Place, Purpose”
Presented by Architecture

Thursday, February 8, 5:00pm
Andy Ott, President and CEO, PJM Interconnection
Presented by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy and the Wharton Energy Club

Friday, February 9, and Saturday, February 10
“The Concrete Surface: Symposium and Workshop”
Day 1: Symposium
Day 2: Workshop, International Masonry Institute, 2702 Black Lake Place, Philadelphia
Presented by Historic Preservation

Thursday, February 15, 5:00pm
Felipe Arbelaez, Regional President, Latin America, BP
Presented by the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

Thursday, February 15, 6:30pm
Josiah McElheny, Sachs Visiting Professor in the Department of Fine Arts
ICA, 118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia
Presented by Fine Arts

Thursday, February 22, 6:00pm
Phoebe McCormick Lickwar, Founder, Forge Landscape Architecture
Presented by Landscape Architecture

Thursday, February 23, 6:30pm
Anicka Yi
Presented by Fine Arts

Thursday, March 1, 6:30pm
Cameron Rowland
ICA, 118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia
Presented by Fine Arts

Wednesday, March 14, 6:00pm
Alan Berger, Professor, MIT
“Infinite Suburbia”
Presented by Landscape Architecture

Wednesday, March 14, 6:30pm
The EwingCole Lecture
Wolf D. Prix, Design Principal and CEO, COOP Himmelb(l)au
“The Himmelb(l)au Project—Life, Projects, Philosophy”
Presented by Architecture

Thursday, March 15, 6:30pm
Celeste Dupuy-Spencer
ICA, 118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia
Presented by Fine Arts

Wednesday, March 21, 6:30pm
Philippe Block, Co-director, Block Research Group, ETH Zurich
“Strength through Geometry”
Presented by Architecture

Thursday, March 22, 6:00pm
Susan Herrington and Cornelia Oberlander, University of British Columbia
Presented by Landscape Architecture

Wednesday, March 28, 6:30pm
Thom Mayne, Lead Designer and Thought Leader, Morphosis
“As I See It”
Presented by Architecture

Thursday, March 29, 6:00pm
Jeff Goodell, Contributing Editor, Rolling Stone
“The Water Will Come: Redesigning the Coast”
Presented by the Ian L. McHarg Center

Monday, April 2, 6:00pm
Jenny Osuldsen, Partner, Snøhetta
Presented by Landscape Architecture

Wednesday, April 4, 6:00pm
Francesco Siravo, Architect & Planner, Senior Planning Consultant with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Historic Cities Programme
“Harmonizing Conservation and Development: The Case of Cairo”
Presented by Historic Preservation

Thursday through Saturday, April 5 - 7, All Day
“Structural Instability: History, Environment, and Risk in Architecture”
Keynotes by Felicity Scott, Associate Professor of Architecture, Columbia GSAPP, and Brett Steele, Dean, UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture
Symposium organized by Daniel Barber, Assistant Professor of Architecture, PennDesign
Presented by Architecture

Wednesday, April 11, 6:30pm
Hyungmin Pai, Professor, University of Seoul
“Curating Ignorance, or a Theory of the Architectural Exhibition”
Presented by Architecture

Thursday, April 12, 6:30pm
Mika Tajima
ICA, 118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia
Presented by Fine Arts

Thursday, April 12, 6:00pm
David N. Fixler, FAIA, Architect and Principal, Architecture Planning Preservation
Presented by Historic Preservation

Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14, All Day
David N. Fixler, FAIA, Architect and Principal, Architecture Planning Preservation
“Modern Problems: Myths and Reality in the Preservation of Modern Architecture” [Master Class]
Kroiz Gallery, Architectural Archives, 220 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Presented by Historic Preservation

Monday, April 16, 6:30pm
“Mario Romañach in Context”
David Gouverneur, Associate Professor of Practice in Landscape Architecture; Fernando Lara, Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin; Frank Matero, Professor and Chair of the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation; William Whitaker, Curator and Collections Manager, Architectural Archives
Panel discussed presented by the Office of the Dean in conjunction with the exhibition “Do you love architecture?” on view at the Architectural Archives

Thursday, April 19, 6:30pm
Lawrence Abu Hamden
ICA, 118 South 36th Street, Philadelphia
Presented by Fine Arts