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School of Architecture and Planning presents lecture series

Published: September 25, 2003

Reporter Editor

The School of Architecture and Planning has scheduled a lecture series this fall that features an impressive lineup of internationally known and award-winning architects and designers.


A street-level view of Toshiko Mori's winning design for the visitor's center for the Darwin Martin House in Buffalo.

The series, which is free of charge and open to the public, opened on Sept. 17 with a lecture by Edward Feiner, chief architect for the U.S. General Services Administration.

The next lecture will be delivered on Oct. 8 by Gary Hack, planning consultant with architect Daniel Libeskind on the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site.

Hack is professor of city and regional planning, and dean of the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Fine Arts, which includes architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, fine arts, historic preservation and urban design. He also is chairman of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. Hack teaches and maintains a professional practice in large scale physical planning and urban design. Recently, he has been one of the principal investigators on an international comparative study of how the form of cities has changed over the past 40 years.

Hack's talk, as well as all succeeding lectures in the series—unless specifically noted—will be held at 5:30 p.m. in 301 Crosby Hall, South Campus.

Other speakers scheduled to appear at UB as part of the lecture series are:

  • Nasrine Seraji, Oct. 15. Seraji studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London before founding her own studio in Paris. Architect of the Temporary American Centre in Paris and the Pavilion of the Caverne du Dragon in the north of France, she is building housing complexes in Paris and in Vienna while continuing to participate in competitions of varying complexities, from urban planning to such public institutions as museums, music conservatories, schools and universities. She recently won a competition to extend the School of Architecture in Lille. Seraji, who has taught design at the Architectural Association in London and at Princeton University, currently is professor and chair of the Department of Architecture at Cornell University.

  • Toshiko Mori, Oct. 18. Mori, whose firm won the competition to design the visitor's center for the Darwin Martin House, will speak in conjunction with an exhibition at the Albright Knox Art Gallery entitled "Mori on Wright: Designs for F.L. Wright's Martin House Visitor Center." The exhibition is being designed by Kent Kleinman, chair of the UB Department of Architecture in the School of Architecture and Planning, and a group of architecture students.

Mori's lecture will take place at the Albright Knox.

Robert P. Hubbard Professor in Practice of Architecture and chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard University, Mori is the principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, which was established in 1981 in New York and has received awards and prizes internationally. She often exhibits her work, sometimes in collaboration with artists, and she is an active participant in and organizer of symposia and competition programs. She is an advisor to the Montreal Museum for Decorative Arts and the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation.

  • Robert Campbell, Oct. 19. The Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic of The Boston Globe, Campbell will speak at the Albright Knox in conjunction with the Martin House exhibition.

A Buffalo native, Campbell writes criticism, news stories, opinion pieces and feature articles about all aspects of the built environment, as well as a monthly Sunday column, "Cityscapes," in which he compares new and old views of Boston scenes. His work has received numerous awards, including a Design Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and the medal for criticism of the American Institute of Architects.

  • Mark Jarzombek, Oct. 29. A noted architectural historian, Jarzombek has worked on a range of topics—from the Renaissance to the modern—and also has worked extensively on 19th and 20th century aesthetics. His UB talk will address the reconstruction of Dresden.

Jarzombek's first book, "On Leon Battista Alberti: His Literary and Aesthetic Theories," inaugurated an important reinterpretation of the noted Renaissance humanist. His most recent book, "The Psychologizing of Modernity, Art, Architecture and History," attempts to historicize a complex set of issues around the question of subjectivity and modernity. The director of the doctoral program in architecture at MIT, he has received numerous awards for his research, as well as for the various international conferences that he has organized. He has published in a wide range of journals, including the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, Assemblage and Renaissance Studies.

  • James Carpenter, Nov. 12. Carpenter is an artist and sculptor with a strong background in developing new and emerging glass and material technologies. He received a BFA in sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1972 and formed James Carpenter Design Associates in 1978 after completing an extended consultancy with the Corning Glass Works. His interest in architecture and structure has evolved into a unique design practice that ranges from technical glass and materials consulting to curtain walls, roofing systems, bridges, and sculptures. In addition to being an artist considered to be a foremost innovator in materials technologies, Carpenter and his studio have worked collaboratively with major architects and engineers in the United States and abroad on significant building projects and have received many important public arts commissions. He currently is working on major projects in London and Germany.

  • Ken Greenberg, Nov. 19. Greenberg has played a leading role on a broad range of assignments in highly diverse urban settings in North America, and Europe. Much of his work focuses on the rejuvenation of downtowns, waterfronts, neighborhoods, and campus master planning. His projects include the award-winning St. Paul on the Mississippi Development Framework, the Brooklyn Bridge Park on the East River in New York, the Fan Pier in Boston, the Southwest and Southeast Waterfronts in Washington, D.C., North Point/Lechmere Square in Cambridge and the East River waterfront in Lower Manhattan. Current new efforts include the downtown master plan for Fort Lauderdale and the renewal of Regent Park, a major public housing project in Toronto.