Lecture Series 2014

2014 Lecture Series Calendar

Juhani Pallasmaa: “Landscapes of Architectural Education: Architecture, Knowledge and Existential Wisdom”
February 19, 2014

About Juhani: Finnish architect, educator, and critic Juhani Pallasmaa, Architect SAFA, Hon. FAIA, Int FRIBA, is a leading international figure in contemporary architecture, design, and art culture. The 1999 recipient of the International Union of Architects’ Jean Tschumi Prize for architectural criticism, Pallasmaa has written and lectured extensively throughout the world for more than 40 years on architecture and the visual arts, on environmental psychology, and on cultural philosophy. Since 2008, he has served on the jury for the Pritzker Prize for Architecture.

From 1991-98, Pallasmaa was dean and professor of architecture at the School of Architecture, Helsinki University of Technology. He has held visiting chairs of architecture at many institutions in the Americas and Europe, most recently at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Taliesin West and at the American Academy in Rome. Pallasmaa is the author and editor of numerous books, including The Embodied Image (2011), The Thinking Hand (2009), Encounters: Architectural Essays (2006), The Aalto House (2003), Juhani Pallasmaa: Sensuous Minimalism (2002), The Architecture of Image (2001), The Villa Mairea (1998), The Eyes of the Skin (1996), and The Melnikov House (1996). The Eyes of the Skin, in particular, has become a standard text in studios and seminars around the world.

Pallasmaa’s architectural practice spans projects in urban design; building design; and exhibition, product, and graphic design. His built works can be found in Finland, France, Slovenia, Russia, Ethiopia, China, and the United States. Awards for his architectural work include the 2009 Arnold W. Brunner Memorial Prize in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Finnish State Architecture Award, the Helsinki City Culture Award, the Fritz Schumacher Prize, and the Russian Federation of Architecture Award. Pallasmaa is an Honorary Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and an Honorary Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Juhani Pallasmaa and Michael Arbib: “Hand and Symbol: A Dialogue between Architecture and the Science of the Brain”
February 19, 2014 @1pm

Brigitte Shim: “In and Out”
April 16, 2014

About Brigitte: Brigitte Shim is a principal in the Toronto based design firm Shim-Sutcliffe Architects and she is also an Associate Professor at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design at the University of Toronto.

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. To date, Shim and Sutcliffe have received twelve Governor General’s Medals and Awards for Architecture and an American Institute of Architects National Honor Award along with many other professional accolades for their built work ranging from projects for non-profit groups to public and private clients. Brigitte Shim has lectured on Shim-Sutcliffe’s built work and participated in invited international symposia around the world.

Brigitte Shim is 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. She 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).

In January 2013, Brigitte Shim and her partner Howard 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.”
A discussion between Juhani Pallasmaa and Professor Michael Arbib, a University of Southern California professor. The event will be moderated by Eduardo Macagno, a professor with a specialty in neurobiology at the University of California, San Diego. Arbib and Macagno both serve on the Board of Directors of the Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture, a group with ties to NewSchool. One of the Academy’s founders is NewSchool Professor and Dean Emeritus Gilbert Cooke. Cooke, who also serves on the group’s Board of Directors, teaches a class at NewSchool with Macagno on neuroscience and architecture.