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NSAD Lecture Series


NSAD’s lecture series brings inspiring and innovative designers and architects from around the United States and the world to campus as part of the school’s mission to enhance global design education opportunities for its students and the community.

The lecture series provides the NSAD community with high-quality programming that encourages academic inquiry and discussion with leading architects and designers. As such, the school offers priority seating to NSAD students, alumni, faculty/staff and board members. NSAD also encourages members of the public to join us, and we do our best to accommodate outside interest by reserving a limited number of seats. Members of the public interested in attending are asked to RSVP with PR Manager Anna Cearley at: or 619-684-8791.

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Spring 2014

Juhani Pallasmaa and Michael Arbib

“Hand and Symbol: A Dialogue between Architecture and the Science of the Brain”  

February 19, 2014 at 1 p.m. - NSAD Auditorium

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 NSAD. One of the Academy’s founders is NSAD Professor and Dean Emeritus Gilbert Cooke. Cooke, who also serves on the group’s Board of Directors, teaches a class at NSAD with Macagno on neuroscience and architecture.

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Juhani Pallasmaa | Architect, Educator and Critic

"Landscapes of Architectural Education: Architecture, Knowledge and Existential Wisdom"  

February 19, 2014 at 6 p.m. - NSAD Auditorium

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.

Priority seating available for the NSAD community and those who register for the public lecture event. A reception and book signing will follow. Please register at:


Brigitte Shim | Principal, Shim-Sutcliffe Architects

"In and Out"

April 16, 2014 at 7 p.m. - NSAD Auditorium

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.”

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Kenneth Frampton | Architectural Historian and Critic


About Kenneth: Kenneth Frampton is one of the most distinguished architectural historians and critics in the world. Frampton’s work as a writer and teacher has had a profound influence in the field of architecture. He was born in the United Kingdom in 1930 and trained as an architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Over the course of his career, he has written countless books and essays on architecture, including Modern Architecture and the Critical Present (1980), Studies in Tectonic Culture (1995), American Masterworks (1995), Le Corbusier (2001), Labour, Work & Architecture (2005), and an updated fourth edition of Modern Architecture: A Critical History (2007). Early in his career he served as the editor of the British magazine Architectural Design.

Frampton’s teaching career has had an equally far-reaching effect on innumerable students and scholars. He has taught at a number of leading institutions including the Royal College of Art, ETH Zurich, EPFL Lansanne, the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio, and the Berlage Institute in The Netherlands, among others. He is currently the Ware Professor of Architecture at the GSAPP, Columbia University in New York.

Prominent awards include: the American Institute of Architects National Honours Award (1985), the Médaille d'Or of the Parisian Académie d'Architecture (1987), the Phi Beta Kappa Award (1987), the AIA New York Chapter Award of Merit (1988) and the Topaz Medal for excellence in architectural education from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (1990). More recently, he received the Schelling Architecture Theory Prize (2012), and the First International Architecture Award Javier Carvajal (2012).

Frampton has received honorary doctorates from: The Stockholm Royal Institute of Technology (1991), the University of Waterloo (1995), and the California College of Arts and Crafts (1999).

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Fall 2013

Pavel Getov | Studio Antares



About Pavel: Pavel Getov, AIA is a founder and partner of the interdisciplinary practice Studio Antares A + E, based in Los Angeles, with active projects in the United States and Europe. Previously he worked for Richard Meier & Partners, NBBJ and with Morphosis where he was the lead architect for Caltrans, in Los Angeles, the Multiple Social Housing Project in Madrid, Spain and the New Academic Building for The Cooper Union in New York.

He had been a Visiting Professor of Critical Practice at the University of Arizona. Currently he teaches advanced architecture classes at SCI-Arc.

Studio Antares website

Carl Callewaert | Unity Technologies

"Real-Time Visualization: Architecture Meets Games"

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

Unity 3D website


Ezequiel Farca | EZEQUIELFARCA

"Design Spheres: The Fine Line Between Architecture, Interior and Product Design"

November 5, 2013 at 7 p.m. - NSAD Auditorium

About Pavel: 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 NSAD/NewSchool of Architecture and Design.


Eric R. P. Farr, Ph.D. | Studio Critic, NSAD

"Envelope, Facade, Enclosure, Skin, Wrapping, Elevation..."

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

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 MArch/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. 

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.

Spring 2013

Peter Zellner | Zellner Plus

"Economy of Form"

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

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"

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.

Zellner Plus website

Kai-Uwe Bergmann | Bjarke Ingels Group

"Hedonistic Sustainability"

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

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.

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.

Bjarke Ingels Group website

Peter Bohlin | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

"Soft modernism – The nature of circumstance"
May 1, 2013 at 6 p.m. - NSAD Auditorium

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.

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.”

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson website

Michael Palladino | Richard Meier & Partners

"The New San Diego Federal Courthouse: The Art and the Architecture"

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

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.

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.

Richard Meier & Partners website

Aaron Draplin | Draplin Design Co.

“Tall Tales From a Large Man”

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

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.

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!

Draplin Design Co. website

Winter 2013

Jennifer Luce | Founder and Principal, LUCE et Studio

“Deliberate Blur/Design Thinking Across Perceived Boundaries”

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

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.

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.

LUCE et Studio website

Winy Maas | Co-Founder, MVRDV

“What’s Next?”

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

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.

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.

MVRDV website

Mark Rios | Founding Principal, Rios Clementi Hale Studios

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

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.

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.”

Rios Clementi Hale Studios website

Ciro Najle | Director, General Design Bureau

“Material Discipline”

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

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.

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.

General Design Bureau website

Fernando Romero | FR-EE

“You Are The Context”

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

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 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 NSAD for its vibrant studio culture that emphasizes both creative thinking and practical application.

Romero’s discussion topic, “You Are the Context,” drew a crowd of about 200 people, including NSAD students, faculty, alumni and members of the community from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Romero recognized the need to design spaces for people of all backgrounds. “There is a responsibility among architects and designers to enhance the lives of people in ways that celebrate the universal appreciation of beauty and aesthetics,” he said.

Romero also visited NSAD’s design studios and commented during the lecture that he was impressed with the school’s design studio culture, in particular the student work he saw that demonstrated creativity and order.  “It is the best school studio I’ve seen in how it encourages students to stretch their creativity while also addressing the practicality,” he said.
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 NSAD 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 NSAD 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.

FR-EE website

Marco Susani and Elena Pacenti | Domus Academy

"Next-Gen Design: What the Future of Design Holds for a New Generation of Designers"

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

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.

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.

Domus Academy website

Fall 2012

Russell Thomsen and Eric Kahn | IDEA Office

"Driven by Dilemma"

December 5, 2012 at 7 p.m. - NSAD Auditorium

About Russell and Eric: Eric A. Kahn and Russell N. Thomsen established their architectural firm in Los Angeles, California in 1988 with a series of theoretical projects and texts about urban and architectural speculations. They worked in parallel on a series of realized architectural projects including the Brix Restaurant in Marina Del Rey, a series of private residences in Los Angeles and New York, and the award winning Y-House in Tokyo, Japan. In 2008, the office began working on a wider spectrum of projects, including gallery installations in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

About the Lecture: Our interest seems to be in the intersection between what came out of twenty years of talking primarily to each other, to ourselves and to architecture, and being confronted with the circumstances of a particular moment. That's how the dilemma becomes productive; it places the architect in a space where (almost) irreconcilable forces compete for attention. There's a productive friction where our internal logics, formal interests and expertise intersect with the circumstances of an irrational, contradictory and nuanced world.

IDEA Office website

Clive Wilkenson

“The Architecture of the Large Organization”

November 14, 2012 at 7 p.m. - NSAD Auditorium

About Clive: Clive Wilkinson is an architect, designer and strategist; and founder of Clive Wilkinson Architects, based in Los Angeles. Established in 1991, the practice has built up an international reputation with projects for clients such as Google, Nokia, Disney, Macquarie and TBWA/Chiat/Day. While dramatic in its architecture, his design process is primarily focused on the social agenda of buildings, and how people connect with each other.

His work is recognized for its creative adaptation of urbanism concepts into the interior complexity of buildings. Clive Wilkinson was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame in 2005, honored as a ‘Master of Design’ by Fast Company magazine in 2006, and a ‘Pioneer of Design’ by the IIDA in 2011.  The practice has been recognized for its radical workplace and education projects with over 75 design awards and is the recipient of the 2012 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Excellence in Interior Design.

About the Lecture: For large corporations and institutions, the act of building is an opportunity to transition from one organizational form to another. Social and cultural influences on the workplace are pressing for massive change. The lecture will address emerging paradigms, and the sociological forces at play, with examples of how these are interpreted within the architecture and design work of our firm, Clive Wilkinson Architects.

Clive Wilkenson Architects website

Paolo Giachi | Domus Academy

October 24, 2012 at 7 p.m. - NSAD Auditorium

About Paolo: Paolo Giachi designs retail projects for luxury brands at locations throughout the world, and he teaches interior design and retail design courses at the Domus Academy in Milan.

Giachi has worked with some of the most esteemed brands in the fashion world. His work is described as a mix of architectural risk, innovation and elements of measured balance.  Prior to entering the retail design field, Giachi earned a Masters in Architecture at the University of Florence, where he also taught after his graduation. In 1996 he took a position overseeing the design of new retail projects for the Prada Group. He developed 100 new projects for these brands over four years in New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, China, Korea and Taiwan. He returned to Italy in 2000 and collaborated with Diego Della Valle on the creation and design of Tod’s and Hogan boutiques around the world.  In 2002, Paolo Giachi opened his own independent studio of Architecture in Milan. Giachi also has designed luxury homes.

Domus Academy website

Spring 2012

Joshua Prince-Ramus | Principal, REX

“Slow Architecture”

March 2, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. - Hilton San Diego Bayfront

About Joshua: Prince-Ramus is principal of REX, an architecture and design firm based in New York City. He has been described as the “savior of American architecture” by Esquire magazine, has been credited as being one of the five greatest architects under 50 by The Huffington Post and named one of the 20 most influential players in design by Fast Company magazine. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy with distinction from Yale University in 1991 and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University in 1996.

REX has received numerous accolades, including second prize in the international competition for the new Edvard Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway, and has been named finalist in the international competitions for both the new Victoria & Albert Museum in Dundee, Scotland, and the Sitra, Finnish Innovation Fund’s Low2No sustainable development in Helsinki, Finland. The Seattle Central Library, which was completed when the firm was under a different name, was awarded in 2005 the highest honors bestowed by the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), and the American Library Association (ALA). In 2010, the Wyly Theatre project also won the top awards conferred by the AIA and ACEC.

About the Lecture: During the lecture at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Prince-Ramus explained the meaning of “slow architecture” and shared examples of projects that reflect this philosophy. “We are at a time when architecture should slow down and let ideas gestate and that means that architecture can actually be doing things,” he said. “It’s not so much about form vs. functionality. Rather, it’s about doing both and doing them a lot and doing them well—and that’s how we should be talking about architecture.” Prince-Ramus said this means “putting the agenda back into architecture.”

He described the process of designing the Seattle Central Library. On that project, his team identified competing notions of what a library should represent: a place of media or social responsibility. They developed a design that didn’t exclude one or the other but took into account the library’s need to evolve over the years according to changing priorities in the media and digital space and its role as a community center.

Prince-Ramus also talked about using this approach in designing the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas. The process resulted in a versatile space that allows the theater to offer a variety of staging options including sections that can merge with and incorporate the outdoor space. “We moved things around that are normally constrained so that the audience could engage with different parts of the building and even the real world during the performance,” he said. “The result is that the theater and its audience have many different opportunities for interaction.”

REX website

Winter 2012

Richard Louv | Author

February 7, 2012 at 7 p.m. - NSAD Auditorium

About Richard: Louv, a widely acclaimed author of books about the connections between family, nature and community, has won numerous awards, including the 2008 Audubon Medal. Louv’s best-selling book, Last Child in the Woods, resulted in an international movement to reconnect children with nature. The Nature Principle develops another call to action, but aimed at adults.

About the Lecture: Louv, author of The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder, addressed NewSchool of Architecture and Design students and faculty members during a lecture about the importance of designing cities that connect people with nature.

Louv noted that restoring a creek or river is one way to reconnect with nature, and he encouraged the audience to think about other ways to reconnect through architecture and design. “As we restore nature, we restore ourselves,” he said. “We need to start creating nature through the design.”

He also spoke about the importance of designers and architects connecting with the communities they work in and to be more cognizant of the connections between landscape architecture and building-based architecture. Louv commented that designers can benefit from integrating the feedback of community members, such as educators, health workers and parents. While observing that more people worldwide are living in cities, Louv said this provides an opportunity to build a new kind of city where people are connected with nature.
Louv’s lecture also marked the official start of activities leading to a campus-wide initiative scheduled for April 27 called Day of Service in which students and faculty will undertake a community outreach effort. 

Richard Louv website

Fall 2011

Lorenzo Imbesi | Graduate Program Coordinator, School of Industrial Design, Carleton University

"Hybrid in Design: Design as a Cultural and Collective Process”

November 21, 2011 at 7 p.m. - NSAD Auditorium

About Lorenzo: Imbesi has been teaching and researching at Sapienza University of Rome in Italy since 1997. His profession interests in design culture focus on its critical expressions and theoretical implications from other disciplines connected with contemporary knowledge society and the social, cultural and ethical impact of new technologies and artifacts.

Carleton University School of Industrial Design website

Winter 2011

Bjarke Ingels | Founder, Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG)

“YES is More”

February 25, 2011 at 6 p.m. - Museum of Natural History in Balboa Park

About Bjarke: Ingels launched Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) in 2005 after co-founding PLOT Architects in 2001. For three years Ingels worked at OMA in Rotterdam. While there, he created a series of award-winning design projects and buildings that established his reputation as part of a new generation of architects who combine shrewd analysis, playful experimentation, social responsibility and humor.

Recently, Ingels was rated as one of the 100 most creative people in business by New York based Fast Company magazine. Alongside his architectural practice, he has been active as a visiting professor at Rice University’s School of Architecture and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He is currently visiting Professor at Harvard University where he is teaching a joint studio with the Business School and the Graduate School of Design. “I name look forward contributing academic, practice and service achievements of NSAD as it continues to make a for itself around the nation,” Genik said.

Ingels was awarded the European Prize for Architecture in 2010, the Golden Lion at the Venice Biennale in 2004 for the Stavanger Concert House, and the Forum AID Award for the VM Houses in 2005. The Mountain, a concept for providing housing and parking space, received numerous awards including the World Architecture Festival Housing Award, Forum Aid Award and the MIPIM Residential Development Award.

Ingels studied architecture at the Royal Academy in Copenhagen and the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura in Barcelona, receiving his diploma in 1998. As a third-year student, he set up his first practice and won his first competition. From 1998-2001 he worked for the Office of Metropolitan Architecture and Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam.

About the Lecture: Ingels delivered a lecture to NewSchool of Architecture and Design students on his architecture and how the evolution of political, economic, and social issues in today’s society is manifested in architecture designs.  The insightful and at times humorous presentation, “YES is More”, highlighted the evening presentation, Friday, February 25 at 6 p.m. at the Museum of Natural History in Balboa Park.

“Bjarke’s architectural style is inspirational and mind-stretching,” said Dr. Steve Altman, president of NSAD. “He has championed a bold, fresh, and progressive atmosphere and he will certainly set the stage for new ideas, a new provocative approach to design and urbanism, as well as feed the flames for a new philosophical debate in years to come.”

Bjarke Ingels Group website

Dr. Alberto Garin | Professor, Universidad Europea de Madrid

January 21, 2011 at 1 p.m. - NSAD Auditorium

About Alberto: Dr. Alberto Garín is professor in residence and head of the department of Urbanism and History of Architecture at Spain’s Universidad Europea de Madrid (UEM).

Dr. Garín is internationally known as an expert on art history, contemporary architecture and pre-Colombian colonial Guatemalan architecture. The award-winning architect has authored two books:"El Ultimo Mar de Isabel”(The Last Sea of Isabel) and “Vacias Solidaridad” (Empty Solaridity). Dr. Garín earned his master in history and arts and archaeology from the University of Paris, Panthèon- La Sorbonne, and his doctoral degree at the Universidad Europea de Madrid.

UEM is one of NSAD's sister universities in the Laureate International Universities (LIU) network. LIU is a trusted global leader in providing access to quality, innovative institutions of higher education. The LIU network, which comprises more than 50 accredited campus-based and online universities, offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 600,000 students in 24 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, Northern Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.

About the Lecture: The visit is part of the faculty exchange between NSAD and UEM where Dr. Federico Von Borstel from NSAD will be in residence at UEM during the 2011 Spring Semester.

"We are delighted to bring the best and brightest architects from universities around the world to interact with our students and faculty," said Dr. Steve Altman, president of NSAD. "Dr. Garín's highly qualified professional experience will provide NSAD students a range of approaches and theories to design and architecture that represent an extraordinary range of ideas and experiences."

UEM website

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