Lecture Series 2013

Fall 2013

Carl Callewaert // Real-Time Visualization: Architecture Meets Games

November 26, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. - NewSchool Auditorium

About Carl: Carl has 10 years’ experience working in motion capture, 3d animation, game development, sales and education around the world. His professional experience includes working as a liaison between artists, programmers and sales department on software/hardware development, motion capture pipelines and (mobile) game development. As an Autodesk Certified Instructor and Unity expert, Carl has taught specialized courses and workshops on game engines, key framing, motion capture, photo-realistic rendering, visual effects, modelling, level editing at companies and education institutes. Currently, Carl is Unity evangelist at the award wining company Unity Technologies. He also runs Fundi 3D where he is involved in the production of games. At The Gaming and Animation Institute of Fredericton Carl overviews the 3D gaming programs and runs the eMentorship program. For his 3D gaming and training work Carl received an Medial of “Recognition of Excellence Service” by Royal Canadian Artillery School.

Ezequiel Farca // Design Spheres: The Fine Line Between Architecture, Interior and Product Design

November 5, 2013 at 7 p.m. - NewSchool Auditorium About Ezequiel: Ezequiel Farca, one of Mexico’s most prominent designers is chief creative and executive officer of EZEQUIELFARCA, an international design firm in Mexico City. Farca began his design career at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial design, and interned in industrial design at Western Washington University. He earned a master’s degree in Large-Scale Architecture and other Environments from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, in Barcelona, Spain, where he obtained a Ph.D. in Architectural Projects and a specialization in Modern Forms. His studio firm has a global reach with projects ranging from interiors to product design. Farca’s many design awards include the Quorum Award for the best designer in Mexico, the Good Design Award for his Zihua lounge chair, the Best of Year product design award from Interior Design magazine, and the International Design Award in 2008.

About the Lecture: A discussion on the interdisciplinary intersections between architecture, interior and product design, moderated by Elena Pacenti, Director of the Domus Academy School of Design at NewSchool/NewSchool of Architecture and Design.
About Eric: Eric R. P. Farr is an independent researcher, critic and architect, Ph.D. in architecture and urban studies, with experience theorizing mass-customization and personalization, architecture theory, building systems and prefabrication, adaptive architecture, and integrated systems design. Since he graduated with a M.Arch/MUD in 2001, he has been invited as a visiting lecturer by a number of organizations, and working on different projects in various positions for a variety of architectural and planning firms around the world from the Middle-east through the UK to the US. He has been teaching architecture and urban studies for the past twelve years and joined NewSchool of Architecture and Design recently.

Eric R. P. Farr, Ph.D. // Envelope, Facade, Enclosure, Skin, Wrapping, Elevation..

October 30, 2013 at 7 p.m. - NewSchool Auditorium

About the Lecture: Envelope/Façade is the outermost physical boundary of the building where many of its associated states, physical and non-physical alter, from inside to out, from closed to open, from presentation to representation, etc. Nowadays more and more facades are finding new roles along with their traditional ones where ‘techne’ is being materialized in its double-edged and to some extent contradictory concepts: the art vs./allied with the craft. As such the pure visual aspect of the facade, where it was mainly a medium for communicating the architectural ‘style’, is rapidly being amalgamated with a new set of technical specifications where it needs to perform to respond to certain ‘requirements’. In this talk Eric R. P. FARR takes an epistemological approach to the evolution of facade over a course of contemporary architecture and explains how its associated concepts have been transformed as its main role has gone under a fundamental evolution over the past 150 years.
About Peter: Peter Zellner established ZELLNERPLUS in 2004. He brings over 20 years of experience in building and interior design as well as planning and project management to the firm. He has been recognized as an emerging voice in national publications such as The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times. Art+Auction magazine included Zellner its annual “Power 100” selection of influential people in the art world. Peter Zellner was named by The Los Angeles Times one of 10 ‘Faces to Watch in 2012.’ Harper’s Bazaar included Zellner in its Editor’s Selection “Best of What’s New—Designers to Watch”

Spring 2013

Peter Zellner // Economy of Form

May 29, 2013 at 7 p.m. - NewSchool Auditorium

Zellner holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard University (1999). At the Harvard Graduate School of Design he was a participant in the Harvard Project on the City led by Rem Koolhaas. He received a Bachelor of Architecture with First Class Honors from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (1993) in Australia, where he also taught between 1994 and 1997.

Zellner is the author of numerous essays and books including Hybrid Space (Thames & Hudson, 2000) and Pacific Edge (Thames & Hudson, 1998). He has curated exhibitions such as Sign as Surface (Artists Space, 2003) and Whatever Happened to Los Angeles (SCI-Arc, 2005).

About the Lecture: Peter Zellner will discuss recent projects completed by his award winning practice. The talk will present two art spaces, the Matthew Marks and Night Galleries, as well as a new house located in Tijuana, BC, Mexico.
About Kai: Kai-Uwe Bergmann is a Partner at BIG who brings his expertise to proposals around the globe, including work in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the United States. Kai-Uwe heads up BIG’s business development which currently has the office working in over 15 different countries. In addition to these duties, Kai-Uwe is also Head of Communications. Registered as an architect in the USA, UK and Denmark, Kai-Uwe is also a LEED AP certified architect who was Project Manager upon Central Asia’s first Carbon Neutral Master Plan - Zira Island in Baku, Azerbaijan. He also compliments his professional work through teaching assignments at IE University in Madrid and at the New School of Architecture in San Diego. Kai-Uwe also sits on numerous international juries and lectures on the works of BIG worldwide.

Kai-Uwe Bergmann // Hedonistic Sustainability

May 17, 2013 at 7 p.m. - NewSchool Auditorium

About the Lecture: The general perception of sustainability is this idea of a moral code: How much of our existing quality of life are we prepared to sacrifice to afford being sustainable. It is the protestant perception that it has to hurt to be good and that a sustainable life means doing less than a normal life. But we are looking at how sustainable cities, or sustainable buildings, can increase the quality of life – to finds ways of designing cities and buildings as double ecosystems that are both ecologically but also economically profitable and where the outcome doesn’t actually force people to alter their lifestyle to have a better conscience. They can live exactly the way they want, or even better, because the world and the city are designed in such a way, that they can actually do so. Essentially it is to approach the question of sustainability not as a moral dilemma but as a design challenge.

What we try to do in our work is invent examples of how sustainable thinking, sustainable design, sustainable cities can actually increase the quality of life, so essentially that sustainable life becomes more fun than normal life. Perhaps the difference is that we are proposing it as a battle cry for architects and designers to stop whining and start designing. If you’re not a part of the solution then you’re part of the problem. The point is that lifestyle has a negative impact on the environment simply because when we conceived it we weren’t aware of the side-effects. It’s not our manufacturing process or our transport systems need to have certain side effects – it’s that these side effects weren’t factored into the original design. Therefore the question of pollution isn’t a political or a moral question, it’s a design challenge . . . one that every designer has the ability to change.
About the Lecture: Peter Bohlin’s presentation will relate to his interest in the nature of circumstances. These range from the nature of places, both man-made and natural, to the varied nature of humans and their particular activities and to the nature of the means with which we build.

Peter Bohlin // Soft Modernism - The Nature of Circumstance

May 1, 2013 at 6 p.m. - NewSchool Auditorium

Using examples of the firm’s work from early to current projects, Peter will discuss the rich and powerful buildings of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson that resulted from The Nature of Circumstance. “We are peeling away the layers of our habits and preconceptions. We require open-mindedness, willingness, gentleness – a soft, yet no-holds-barred approach.”
About Michael: As a Principal Designer of Richard Meier & Partners since 1979, Michael Palladino has collaborated with Richard Meier on many award-winning projects located throughout the world, including The Getty Center; the Decorative Arts Museum in Frankfurt, Germany; the High Museum in Atlanta; the Visitors’ Center at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, and the San Jose City Hall in San Jose, California. He has also served as Project Designer and Project Architect for many private residences constructed in the United States and overseas.

Michael Palladino // The New San Diego Courthouse: The Art and the Architecture

April 17, 2013 at 7 p.m. - NewSchool Auditorium

Appointed Partner in 1985, Michael moved to Los Angeles in 1986 to open Richard Meier & Partners’ west coast office with the primary purpose to design and build The Getty Center. Since that time, as Design Partner, he has also been responsible for the Museum of Television & Radio (Paley Center for Media) in Beverly Hills; the Gagosian Gallery and Expansion in Beverly Hills; the Broad Art Center at UCLA; Camden Medical Centre in Singapore; New Pacific Realty Headquarters in Beverly Hills; private residences in Kuala Lumpur, Malibu, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Santa Ynez, San Francisco and Santa Barbara, California; and high-rise luxury condominiums in Philadelphia and Beverly Hills.

Michael earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1977 and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design in 1979. He is a Registered Architect in California and New York. He is a frequent guest lecturer, having spoken at USC, UCLA, the Louisiana Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and has served as a guest critic at architectural schools in the U.S.

In 2004 Michael was appointed to the GSA Commissioner’s National Register for Peer Professionals under the GSA’s Design Excellence Program. He is a Founding Member of the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Architecture & Design Council in Los Angeles. A recipient of the prestigious Rome Prize for the year 2000–2001, and the 2005 Gold Medal from the American Institute of Architects Los Angeles, Michael was elevated to Fellowship in the AIA in 2008.

About the Lecture: Michael Palladino, FAIA presents a stunning visual exploration of the firm’s work and discusses the relationship between art and architecture at the recently-completed United States Courthouse in San Diego. The design and construction process began in 2003 when the firm was awarded the commission to design a state-of-the-art and site-specific federal courthouse in the heart of the city. Just as important, was an intensely collaborative design process between Palladino the architect and artist Bob Irwin, from which evolved a public plaza art installation and landscape that will mature and evolve to support the San Diego community and urban design goals of the city.
About Aaron: Located in the mighty Pacific Northwest, the Draplin Design Co. proudly rolls up its sleeves on a number of projects related to the Print, Identity, Web Development, Illustration and Gocco Muscle categories. They make items for Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Field Notes, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Timberline, Chunklet, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Burton Snowboards, Hughes Entertainment, Megafaun, Danava, Ford Motor Company, Woolrich and even the Obama Administration,. They pride themselves on a high level of craftsmanship and quality that keeps us up late into the wet Portland night.

Aaron Draplin // Tall Tales From a Large Man

April 10, 2013 at 7 p.m. - NewSchool Auditorium

List of Services include Graphic Design, Illustration, Friendship, Clipping Pathery, Garying, Jokes/Laughter, Campfire Strummin’, Gocco Dynamics, Road Trip Navigation, Trust, Guitar Tuning, Gen’l Conversation, Culture Critique, Color Correcting, Existential Wondering, Bounty Hunting, Heavy Lifting, Advice, A Warm Meal, Simple Ideas and Occasional Usage of Big Words.

About the Lecture: Using scientific proof and state-of-the-art multimedia techniques, Aaron James Draplin of the Draplin Design Co. delivers a suckerpunch of a talk that aims to provide bona fide proof of work, the highs and lows of a ferociously independent existence and a couple tall tales from his so-called career in the cutthroat world of contemporary graphic design. Just a regular American guy with a trajectory a little dirtier than yours, his talk is open to all oncomers brave enough to show up. If you are a youngster, you may find yourself inspired to attack your design future in a different way. If you are established, you may just leave feeling grateful you don’t have anything to do with him. Hard to say. Be there!
About Jennifer: Jennifer Luce is founder and Principal of LUCE et Studio, a practice that has gained national attention for projects that emphasize collaboration and interdisciplinary craft. Luce received her Bachelor of Architecture with Distinction from Carleton University, Canada in 1984 and a Masters of Design Studies from Harvard University’s GSD in 1994. The studio has 21 local, state and national AIA awards. They received a 2006 Business Week Award for the intersection between Good Design and Business.

Winter 2013

Jennifer Luce // Deliberate Blur/Design Thinking Across Perceived Boundaries

March 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. - NewSchool Auditorium

She is recipient of the 2007 A. Dunton Alumni Award of Distinction from Carleton University and is a member of the Alumni Advisory Council at Harvard University; pointing to her passion for education and mentoring. As an advocate for the arts, she also sits on the Advisory Council for LAND, a public art initiative in Los Angeles.

About the Lecture: Luce will explore the process of “navigating the fringe” through the exploration of spaces that lie between traditional architecture, site specific art, narrative landscapes and the sculptural form.
About Winy: Winy Maas founded the Netherlands-based firm MVRDV together with Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries. MVRDV’s completed projects include the design for the Netherlands Pavilion at the Hannover World Expo 2000, the innovative business park Flight Forum in Eindhoven, the Matsudai Cultural Centre and the Gyre shopping centre in Japan, the iconic Mirador building in Madrid, and the Silodam building and Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam. Maas is director of the Why Factory, a research institute for the future city he founded in 2008 which is connected to the Faculty of Architecture of the Delft University of Technology.

Winy Maas // What’s Next?

February 20, 2013 at 9 a.m. - NewSchool Auditorium

About the Lecture: “What’s Next?” lecture topics include the recent works of MVRDV and the research institute The Why Factory, a think tank directed by Maas in collaboration with Delft University of Technology that develops scenarios and models of the city of the future. Maas also frequently incorporates into his lectures discussion of urban planning methods, the value of the iconic and the “copy-paste” generation.
About Mark: Mark Rios, Founding Principal of Rios Clementi Hale Studios in Los Angeles, has been honored with over 50 professional design awards during his career, and his projects have been published in over 100 national and international books and periodicals. Rios Clementi Hale Studios spans the design disciplines of architecture, landscape, interiors, graphics, branding, planning, and product design. The firm was recognized for its collaborative and multi-disciplinary approach by the American Institute of Architects California Council, which bestowed its 2007 Firm Award to the multi-discipline practice. In 2009, RCHS was also selected as one of two Finalists in the category of Landscape Design by the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards program. Mark was Chairman of Landscape Architecture at USC from 2001 to 2007, and has been on the faculty at UCLA. He was elevated to AIA Fellow in 1999 and to ASLA Fellow in 2006. Mark received his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from USC, and both Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees from Harvard University.

Mark Rios

February 13, 2013 at 7 p.m. - NewSchool Auditorium

About the lecture: Mark Rios returned to NewSchool after an 18-year absence to discuss his practice and philosophy. Rios began with a discussion of his firm’s organizational structure and views of collaboration and interdisciplinary design, both hot topics in architecture today. He elaborated on his design process and highlighted the talk with a presentation of the multi-faceted firm’s recent work, including Grand Park in downtown LA, various schools, SoCal residences, furniture, dinnerware and fabrics. In his concluding remarks, he encouraged students to “design themselves.”
About Ciro: Ciro Najle, director of General Design Bureau, is an architect practicing in Buenos Aires and a Design Critic at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is the former director of the Landscape Urbanism Graduate Design program and Diploma Unit Master at the Architectural Association in London and has taught at architecture schools worldwide. He was awarded the Young Architect of the Year Second Prize in London (2001) and his work has been exhibited globally.

Ciro Najle // Material Discipline

February 6, 2013 at 7 p.m. - NewSchool Auditorium

About the Lecture: Non-linear complexity in architecture is irreducible to the known post-modern models of indeterminacy. It actually involves the opposite drive at its core: the idea that determinacy, instead of critically attacked, can itself be embedded with self-differentiation and self-alienation, and must be managed with ever more complex forms of knowledge and with an increasingly sophisticated aesthetic sensibility. That is its strongest, yet often disregarded, relevance: to simultaneously overcome the dependence of architecture on ideology and its ‘convenient’ escape into indeterminacy. It confronts this agenda by means of a newly robust and self-enriching model of determinacy: a material discipline.
About Fernando: Mexican architect Fernando Romero has received numerous awards and recognitions for his work. He has been named to Fast Company’s Co.Design “Designers Shaping the Future” 2012, and has been awarded the Five Stars for Public Services Development through the International Property Awards – Americas 2012. Other awards include the Spark Awards 2012, Red Dot Award: Best of the Best 2006 and the Young Architects Award (Mexican Society of Architects) in 2009. One recent example of his work is the Soumaya Museum in Mexico City that is described by CNN’s Great Buildings series as “jaw-dropping.”

Fernando Romero // You Are The Context

January 16, 2013 at 7 p.m. - NewSchool Auditorium

Fernando Romero works between his studio (FR-EE) in New York and his native Mexico City. Over the last ten years he has designed and built more than one million square feet, collaborating with over 500 architects on more than 100 projects. As the founder of Archivo Diseño y Arquitectura, Romero aims to enrich the awareness of design and architecture in Mexico.

About the Lecture: Romero emphasized the need to design and create spaces that adapt to the context of how people live, work and interact with others. Romero also commended NewSchool for its vibrant studio culture that emphasizes both creative thinking and practical application.

Romero’s lecture topic of “You Are the Context” coincides with the upcoming full release of his book by the same name. The concept of designing according to context is particularly relevant to NewSchool because the school is committed to providing students with a strong global design and architecture background as well as opportunities to explore designing in the context of different cultures, traditions and geography. The school also attracts students from around the world, such as alumnus Armando Ramos of Mexico whose NewSchool architecture master’s degree thesis project focused on social housing in Baja California, Mexico. Ramos went on to work with Romero, and now oversees FR-EE’s New York City office.
About Marco: Marco Susani is an award-winning design consultant based in Chicago. He started his career with Ettore Sottsass, considered an icon of 20th Century Design, established DARC (Domus Academy Research Center) as a center for pioneering design innovation and strategy, and worked as an executive in Motorola’s Global Consumer Experience Design for a decade. He has provided design expertise to companies such as Nissan, Mitsubishi, Toshiba and Apple, and he is an alumnus of Domus Academy in Milan, Italy.

Marco Susani and Elena Pacenti // Next-Gen Design: What the Future of Design Holds for a New Generation of Designers

Jan. 11, 2013 at 1 p.m. - NewSchool Auditorium

About Elena: Elena Pacenti heads the Design School at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. She directed the DARC (Domus Academy Research Center) since 2003 and established the Master in Service and Experience Design at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy in 2011. With degrees in architecture and industrial design, Pacenti has conducted research in service design theory which aims to identify ways to enhance interactions within an organization or between an organization and its clients or customers.

About the Lecture: Susani and Pacenti, who are both affiliated with the Domus Academy in Milan, Italy, provide a perspective on what the future of design holds for a new generation of global designers, with an emphasis on product and industrial design.

Image: Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Photo Credit: Kai-Uwe Bergmann