Lecture Series: Trevor Boddy

NewSchool Auditorium
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1249 F Street, San Diego CA
Wednesday, November 4, 2015, 6:00PM

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Trevor Boddy: “Rethinking San Diego and Vancouver”

Because of changing patterns of trade, investment and communications, architectural and urban ideas take unusual paths these days. Architecture critic and consulting urban designer Trevor Boddy will describe the unprecedented “dialogue of cities” between his city of Vancouver and a rapidly redeveloping downtown San Diego in this free public lecture, co-sponsored by NewSchool of Architecture & Design and Bosa Development. Trevor Boddy is the curator and catalog editor for the current exhibition “Rethink: Behind San Diego’s Skyline” in a newly designed gallery at 700 First Avenue, details at

Vancouver-based Trevor Boddy is an architecture critic and consulting urban designer. His writing on buildings and cities has been awarded the Alberta Book of the Year (for The Architecture of Douglas Cardinal, one of the first architecture books ever to receive a top Canadian literary awared, this book being the first critical biography ever written on a living Canadian architect; ) and Jack Webster Journalism prizes, Western Magazine Award, the Architecture Canada/Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s 2010 Advocacy Award, membership in Lambda Alpha International (the honorary organization for real estate professionals), and an Honorary Membership in the American Institute of Architects. His book Modern Architecture in Alberta was the first regional history of modernism ever published in Canada. He has been co-chair of the RAIC Metro Vancouver’s Advocacy Committee for five years, resulting in Vancouver’s inaugural Design Week and first Urban Design Awards. Instigator of the “TownShift: Suburb Into City” design competition, he has served on juries worldwide and his consulting has been recognized with a Fellowship in New York’s Institute of Urban Design.

At the 2011 UIA World Congress in Tokyo, Boddy’s essay (for A/V in Madrid) on Canadian architecture since 2000 entitled “MEGA + MICRO: Canada, Innovation at the Extremes” earned the Pierre Vago Prize for best architectural criticism published worldwide. Following on the national tour of his “Telling Details: The Architecture of Clifford Wiens,” (the first career retrospective exhibition ever mounted on a living Canadian architect) as curator Boddy produced the 2008 exhibition “Vancouverism: Architecture Builds the City” and related Trafalgar Square site-specific construction, which was named a marquee event for the 2008 London Festival of Architecture, then re-mounted it in Paris in 2009, then home to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In 2014 he curated “Gesamtkunstwerk” for developer Westbank about a design proposal for downtown Vancouver by the Bjarke Ingels Group, and in 2015 “Rethink: Behind San Diego’s Skyline.” Boddy was appointed Adjunct Professor in UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in 2012 and serves on their Advisory Board Executive, previously holding professorial appointments at Manitoba, Oregon, Toronto and Carleton, and serving as a studio critic and lecturer world-wide.