SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAIʻI AT MĀNOA

January 25, 2016

Urban Infrastructures

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Martin Felsen, AIA

Associate Professor, IIT, 
Principal, Urban Lab
, Chicago

Martin Felsen, AIA, is a registered architect, and Principal of UrbanLab. Since 1996, he has taught design studios and urban/environmental planning classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture. He was educated at Virginia Tech (BArch, 1991), and Columbia University (MS-AAD, 1994).

After working for Eisenman Architects, Stan Allen Architects and 1100 Architects in New York, he and partner Sarah Dunn established UrbanLab, a collaborative architecture and urban design firm. UrbanLab strives to respond to the complexity, growth and unintended consequences of the modern city by developing a catalogue of architectural, infrastructural and urbanistic design strategies, in particular examining natural and artificial systems underpinning the built environment. Built work to date includes houses, housing, mixed-use commercial/residential buildings, restaurants, art/educational installations, and urban infrastructural projects such as recreational landscapes and a rowing course on the Chicago River. Parallel to this realized work, Martin is the Principal Investigator for research projects funded by organizations such as the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the American Institute of Architect’s College of Fellows. His research focuses on public space, public infrastructure and public resources in American (and American-style) cities and megaregions.  

Martin’s work and expertise in architecture and urban design has been highlighted in numerous publications, and he has received several honors for his work. He received the Dubin Family Young Architect Award in 2007 from the American Institute of Architects Chicago. Also in 2007 UrbanLab was named as the national winner of the History Channel’s “City of the Future” competition for a proposal titled “Growing Water.” Martin won the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows Latrobe Prize in 2009, and UrbanLab’s architecture and urban design projects have won several design awards from the American Institute of Architects. In 2010 UrbanLab was included in the Emerging Voices lecture series sponsored by the Architecture League. Martin was recently honored as a "Global Visionary" by Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ), and has been featured on WBEZ on several occasions. In 2012, UrbanLab exhibited work at the Venice Biennale in "Common Ground" curated by David Chipperfield. Publications presenting UrbanLab’s design and research work include Architecture, Architectural Record, New York Times and Chicago Tribune.

Martin serves on the Board of Archeworks, a non-profit educational organization working on contemporary community-based urban design issues in Chicago. He also serves on the Board of Places: Design History Foundation, the Editorial Advisory Board of the Architect’s Newspaper, and the Board of Extension Architecture Gallery.

UrbanLab

November 4, 2015

The Emerging Architect

Christine Theodoropoulos

CHRISTINE THEODOROPOULOS, AIA PE

Dean, College of Architecture and Environmental Design, California Polytechnic State University


Christine Theodoropoulos is dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at California Polytechnic State University. Prior to this position, Theodoropoulos was at the University of Oregon, serving as a faculty member in the Architecture Department in the University’s School of Architecture and Allied Art since 1997. In 2003 she became the department head with responsibilities that included the management and development of curriculum and research initiatives for more than 650 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in seven degree programs in Eugene and Portland.

Earlier in her career, Theodoropoulos was a structural engineer at Ralph M. Parsons Co., now the Parsons Corporation. In addition, she serves as a design consultant in the private sector.

Since graduating from Princeton in 1979 with a BSE degree in civil engineering and from Yale with a Master of Architecture in 1985, her focus has been on the architect’s role in international earthquake-resistant design and disaster mitigation, environmental implications of structural systems, and the development of teaching materials and methods that advance architects’ understanding of building structures.

November 2, 2015

Diversified

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Shohei Shigematsu

Partner, OMA, NYC

During his time at OMA, Shohei Shigematsu lead the team that won the design competition in 2002, and he served as project architect for the CCTV (China Central Television) Headquarters in Beijing until the end of design development.

Mr. Shigematsu also designed the world-traveling exhibition “Waist Down,” featuring more than a hundred skirts designed by Miuccia Prada. The exhibition was first launched in Tokyo (2003), and has since appeared in Shanghai (2004), New York and Los Angeles (2005) and Seoul (2009). Recently, he directed OMA’s winning competition entry for the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) Headquarters in Shenzhen, China (2006).

Under the direction of Mr. Shigematsu, the New York office has completed design commissions for Torre Bicentario in Mexico City- the tallest tower in Latin America- and 23 East 22nd Street, a residential tower with a Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Screening Room and begun construction on Paul Milstein Hall, an extension to the College of Art, Architecture, and Planning at Cornell University. Most recently the New York office was awarded first place in the design competition for the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, which is expected to finish construction in 2013.

Shigematsu graduated in 1995 from the Department of Architecture at Kyushu University, Fukuoka. After studying at the Berlage Institute Amsterdam (Postgraduate Laboratory), he joined the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in 1998. Since 2004 he has been an Associate of OMA Rotterdam and became Director of OMA*AMO New York in 2006, and a Partner in 2008.

He is a visiting critic for Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Cornell University, College of Architecture, Art and Planning and for Kyoto University of Art and Design.

6pm, School of Architecture Auditorium

Shohei Shigematsu
OMA
Event Poster

November 15, 2015

Flying Around Design

Flying

Lance Walters

Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

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