Architecture, Planning Lecture Series Continues at UB

Award-winning urban designers, planners, architects have something to tell Buffalo

Release Date: October 20, 2008 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning will continue its fall 2008 lecture series with international speakers whose reputations are among the most outstanding in their fields.

On Oct. 24, Richard Cleary, the Page Sutherland Page Fellow in Architecture at the University of Texas at Austin, will speak at 7 p.m. in 301 Crosby Hall on the UB South (Main Street) Campus.

A leading authority on urban design and the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, Cleary's current research focuses on the work of Wright and its relationship to the development of building technology in North America. He is also an expert on the relationship between Wright and his clients, including the Kaufmann family of Pittsburgh, for whom Wright designed Fallingwater, one of the most iconic architectural works of the 20th century.

Cleary's talk will be co-sponsored by the Martin House Restoration Corporation.

On Oct. 29 at 5:30 p.m. Michael Teitz, the 2008-09 Nan and Will Clarkson Visiting Chair in Urban and Regional Planning, will deliver the fall 2008 Clarkson Lecture in 301 Crosby Hall.

The title of his lecture is "Planning and Economic Development: An Uneasy Partnership," a topic relevant to Buffalo where economic development is a key priority.

Teitz, professor emeritus of city and regional planning at the University of California, Berkley, is the director of the Economy Program, as well as senior fellow and former director of research at the Public Policy Institute of California

In 2000, Jan and Tim Edler co-founded the German firm realities:united, a studio for art, architecture and technology. Jan Edler will present a free, public illustrated lecture at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in 301 Crosby Hall.

Realities:united develops and supports architectural solutions that often incorporate new media and information technologies and place a major focus on architecture's outward communicative capacity and the quality of the user experience. They recently worked on the design of the new Kunsthaus in Graz.

The Edlers have received many architectural awards, including the Hans Schäfer Preis from the Association of German Architects, and their work has been exhibited at many international exhibitions, including the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006 and 2008.

Maurice Cox, one of the nation's most highly regarded urban design leaders and innovators who is currently the director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts, will speak on Nov. 19 at 5:30 p.m. in 301 Crosby Hall. His lecture is free and open to the public.

Cox was an associate professor of architecture at the University of Virginia, as well as a councilman and mayor of Charlottesville, Va. As a professor and urbanist he was widely recognized as the principal urban designer of his city. During his mayoral term, "Frommer's Cities Ranked and Rated" selected Charlottesville as "Best Place to Live" out of 400 cities in the United States and Canada.

A founding partner of the Charlottesville firm of RBGC Architecture, Research and Urbanism, which earned national recognition for its work with communities traditionally underserved by the design field, Cox was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, and received the John Hejduk Award for Architecture in 2006.

His reputation as a design leader and innovator led to his being featured in the business magazine Fast Company as one of America's "20 Masters of Design;" on "60 Minutes;" in the documentary film "This Black Soil," and in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Architecture Magazine. All highlighted his groundbreaking use of design as a catalyst for social change.

Since winning Italy's prestigious Borromini prize in 2001, Mathias Klotz has been held to be one of the most accomplished young architects working in the world today.

He will close the UB fall series on Nov. 21 with an illustrated lecture at 5:30 p.m. in 301 Crosby Hall.

Klotz opened his studio in Chile in 1991 and since that time has designed a number of award-winning buildings for education, commerce and industry in South America. In addition he has taught internationally and, since 2001, has been Head of Architecture at the Diego Portales University in Santiago.

His lecture, which is free and open to the public, will be co-sponsored with UB's College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures and the Humanities Institute.

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