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  • Matthias Hollwich, scheduled to speak at PennDesign on March 20

PennDesign Spring 2019 Lecture Series Features Pioneers in Design and the Arts

Philadelphia—The University of Pennsylvania School of Design (PennDesign) Spring 2019 Lecture Series brings more than 30 of the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, planners, artists, and preservationists to Philadelphia. The series opens on Tuesday, January 22, with a symposium on “Building Resilience by Design.” The schedule includes explorations of the history of Brutalism, the impact of climate change on historic preservation, and the cultural economy of nightlife in Philadelphia.

Among the scheduled speakers:
Tamika Butler, Executive Director, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
Elizabeth Diller, Co-founder, Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Professor of Architecture, Princeton University
Ralph Lemon, Artist and Choreographer
Manon Otto, Director of Landscape Design, BIG, New York
Jeanne Marie Teutonico, Associate Director, Programs, The Getty Conservation Institute
Yvonne Rainer, Choreographer

UPDATE: The lecture by Zanele Muholi has been cancelled. 

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 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.

Tuesday, January 22
“Symposium: Building Resilience by Design”
Organized by:
Matthijs Bouw, Associate Professor of Practice in Landscape Archiecture and Architecture, Rockefeller Urban Resilience Fellow and McHarg Center Fellow for Risk and Resilience, PennDesign
Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Professor of Architecture and Urban Design and Former Dean, PennDesign
View Conference Program for Participating Speakers

Wednesday, January 23, 6:30pm
Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University; Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art
“Heavy Lightness: Marcel Breuer and Brutalism”
Presented by the Department of Architecture

Thursday, January 24, 6:00pm
Manon Otto, Director of Landscape Design, BIG, New York
Landscape Architecture for Architects
Presented by the Department of Landscape Architecture

Thursday, January 24, 6:30pm
MFA Lecture Series
Yvonne Rainer
Presented by the Department of Fine Arts

Monday, January 28, 6:00pm
Yue Zhang, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
“Villages in the City: China’s Dual-track Urbanization and Implications for Urban Planning”
Presented by the Department of City and Regional Planning

Wednesday, January 30, 6:00pm
Pamela W. Hawkes, Professor of Practice in Historic Preservation; Principal, Scattergood Design
Laura C. Keim, Lecturer in Historic Preservation; Curator, Stenton
Starr Herr-Cardillo, Research Associate in Historic Preservation
“Documenting an Evolving Castle: 2017-2019, Preservation Praxis at Powderham”
Presented by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation

Wednesday, February 6, 6:00pm
Andrew Saunders, Associate Professor of Architecture, PennDesign
Moderated by: Sophie Hochhäusl, Assistant Professor of Architecture, PennDesign
‘57 Pavilions’ Panel Discussion and Book Launch
Presented by the Department of Architecture

Thursday, January 7, 6:30pm
MFA Lecture Series
Ralph Lemon, 2019-2020 Sachs Visiting Professor
Presented by the Department of Fine Arts

Thursday, February 14, 6:30pm
MFA Lecture Series
Lavar Munroe
Presented by the Department of Fine Arts

Thursday, February 21, 6:00pm
Susannah Drake, Founding Principal, DLANDstudio
Presented by the Department of Landscape Architecture

Tuesday, February 26, 6:00pm
Marcy Rockman, Team Lead, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, International Council on Monuments and Sites
"Social Ecosystems, Policy Interface, and other Unexpected Contributions of Cultural Heritage for the Challenges of Climate Change"
Presented by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation

Thursday, February 28, 6:30pm
MFA Lecture Series
Troy Michie
Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 South 36th Street
Presented by the Department of Fine Arts

Thursday, March 14, 6:30pm
MFA Lecture Series
Sable Elyse Smith
Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 South 36th Street
Presented by the Department of Fine Arts

Monday, March 18, 6:00pm
Tamika Butler, Executive Director, Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust
“Beyond Complete Streets”
Presented by the Department of City and Regional Planning

Monday, March 18, 6:30pm
Elizabeth Diller, Co-founder, Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Professor of Architecture, Princeton University
“Recent Work”
Presented by the Department of Architecture

Tuesday, March 19, 6:30pm
Nancy Levinson, Editor and Executive Director, Places Journal
“Design and the Public Scholar”

Wednesday, March 20, 6:30pm
Matthias Hollwich, Principal & Co-founder, Hollwich Kushner; Co-founder, Architizer
“Architecture Can!”
Presented by the Department of Architecture

Thursday, March 21, 6:30pm
Silverstein Photography Lecture Series
Omer Fast
Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 South 36th Street
Presented by the Department of Fine Arts

Tuesday, March 26, Noon
John Fidler, President & Chief Technical Officer, John Fidler Preservation Technology
Jeanne Marie Teutonico, Associate Director, Programs, The Getty Conservation Institute
“Conservation Futures: Professional Challenges for Heritage in a Changing World”
Presented by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation

Thursday, March 28, 6:00pm
Marcel Wilson, Principal & Design Director, Bionic
Presented by the Department of Landscape Architecture

Thursday, March 28, 6:30pm
MFA Lecture Series
Fred Moten
Institute of Contemporary Art, 118 South 36th Street
Presented by the Department of Fine Arts

Monday, April 1, 6:00pm
Michael Fichman, Researcher & Lecturer, PennPraxis
Additional panelists to be announced
“24HrPHL—Art, Culture and The City After Dark”
Presented by PennPraxis

Wednesday, April 3, 6:30pm
The KPF Lecture
Farshid Moussavi, Professor of Practice, Harvard GSD; Founder, Farshid Moussavi Architecture
“Architecture and Micropolitics”
Presented by the Department of Architecture

Thursday, April 4 – Saturday, April 6
Peter Laurence, Associate Professor of Architecture, Clemson University
David Leatherbarrow, Professor of Architecture, PennDesign
Franca Trubiano, Associate Professor of Architecture, PennDesign
Additional panelists to be announced
“Architectural Theory Now”
Presented by the Department of Architecture
Advance registration required

Monday, April 15, 6:00 PM
Inga Saffron, Architecture Critic, The Philadelphia Inquirer
Aaron Wunsch, Assistant Professor in Historic Preservation
Additional panelist to be announced
“A Conversation on Architectural Criticism and Advocacy”
Presented by the Graduate Program in Historic Preservation

Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 PM
The Warren W. Cunningham Lecture
Michael Murphy, Founding Principal, MASS Design Group
“Architecture That’s Built to Heal"
Presented by the Department of Architecture
Advance registration required