Lecture Series: Brigitte Shim

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San Diego—April 1, 2014— NewSchool of Architecture and Design (NewSchool) announces a public lecture April 16 featuring Brigitte Shim, principal of the Toronto based design firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects. Shim and her firm’s partner are recipients of a prestigious national medal that recognizes the duo’s professional contributions as representing “the best of Canadian design to the world.” Shim’s presentation is part of NewSchool’s lecture series featuring global designers, and it will take place at the school auditorium, 1249 F Street in San Diego starting at 7 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Shim’s lecture, “In + Out,” explores work that straddles the artificial line between the interior and exterior. Registration required to ensure seating:

Shim, along with her partner A. Howard Sutcliffe formed their architectural design practice Shim-Sutcliffe Architects in 1994, reflecting their shared interest and passion for the integration and interrelated scales of architecture, landscape and furniture. Shim is also an Associate Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto since 1988, engaged in core design studios, advanced design studios as well as teaching courses in the History and Theory of Landscape Architecture.

In January 2013, Shim and Sutcliffe were both awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Order of Canada, “for their contributions as architects designing sophisticated structures that represent the best of Canadian design to the world.” In addition, Shim and Sutcliffe have received twelve Governor General’s Medals and Awards for Architecture and an American Institute of Architects National Honor Award and other professional accolades for their built work ranging from projects for non-profit groups to public and private clients.

Shim is currently the 2014 Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at Yale University’s School of Architecture. She has also held the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professorship (2010 and 2005), the William B and Charlotte Sheperd Davenport Visiting Professorship (2008), the Henry Bishop Visiting Chair and the Visiting Bicentennial Professor in Canadian Studies (2001); an invited international visiting professorship at Ecole Polytechnique Federal de Lausanne (2002) and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (1996 and 1993) as well as the Somerville Visiting Lectureship at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design (2013) and the Martell Distinguished Visiting Critic at the University of Buffalo’s School of Architecture and Planning (2006). Brigitte Shim is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC), an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (Hon FAIA) and an elected member of the Royal Canadian Academy (RCA).

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