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Tecnoglass Lecture Series 2016-17: WATER

The Tecnoglass Lecture Series provides an annual program of lectures, interviews and symposia focused on a selected theme each year. The 2016-17 series, "WATER" presents topics on the range of methods through which architecture engages water as a vital source as well as a threat, including the challenges of mitigation and adaption to sea-level rise. Lectures in this series are regularly scheduled on Monday or Wednesday evenings in Glasgow Hall at 6:30 p.m.

February 8, 2017 – Henk Ovink

Henk Ovink was appointed by the Dutch Cabinet as the first Special Envoy for International Water Affairs (2015). As the Ambassador for Water, he is responsible for advocating water awareness around the world, focusing on building institutional capacity and coalitions among governments, multilateral organizations, private sector and NGO’s to address the world’s stressing needs on water and help initiate transformative interventions.

Ovink is also Sherpa to the High Level Panel on Water, installed by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and President of the World Bank Jim Kim with 10 Heads of State / Heads of Government including Prime Minister Rutte from The Netherlands to catalyze change in water awareness and implementation.

Henk is Principal for 'Rebuild by Design,' the resilience innovation competition he developed and led for President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force where he was Senior Advisor to the Chair. He has been Director General for Planning and Water Affairs and Director for National Spatial Planning in The Netherlands.

Ovink teaches at the London School of Economics and at Harvard GSD and is member of the International Advisory Board for the City of Rotterdam. He was Curator for the 5th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam 2012 ‘Making City,' and curated the debate series ‘Design and Politics: the next phase’ for Aedes network Campus Berlin. He initiated the research program and is chief editor of the series of publications with NAI0 10 Publishers on Design and Politics.

He will present a Tecnoglass Lecture on Wednesday February 8, 2017 in Glasgow Hall, 1215 Dickinson Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146 at 6:30 p.m.

Livestream available!

February 20, 2017 – Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss

Michael Manfredi and Marion Weiss, of Weiss/Manfredi, have won numerous national and international awards for their work in landscape, urbanism and architecture. The firm’s projects are noted for clarity of vision, bold and iconic forms, and material innovation. Named one of North America’s “Emerging Voices” by the Architectural League of New York, WEISS/MANFREDI’s distinct vision was recognized with the Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Additional honors include the Tau Sigma Delta Gold Medal and the New York AIA Gold Medal. Join them for a special Monday edition of the Tecnoglass Lecture Series on Monday, February 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Glasgow Hall.

March 7, 2017 – Guy Nordenson 

Guy Nordenson is a structural engineer and professor at Princeton University. He practiced structural engineering in San Francisco and New York and in 1987 established Arup’s New York office. In 1997 he began his independent practice. Nordenson was the structural engineer for the 2004 MoMA expansion in New York, the Jubilee Church in Rome, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City and over 100 other projects. Recent and current projects include the expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC and the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston TX. In 2009 Nordenson was the 7th structural engineer awarded the AIA’s Institute Honors for Collaborative Achievement Award, and the first practicing structural engineer to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was Commissioner and Secretary of the NYC Public Design Commission from 2006 to 2015 and is a member of the NYC Panel on Climate Change, both mayoral appointments. He led the research project and co-wrote the book On the Water | Palisade Bay, which served as the inspiration for the 2010 MoMA workshop and exhibition “Rising Currents.” In 2013 his research team at Princeton was awarded a major grant by the Rockefeller Foundation to develop “Structures of Coastal Resilience” in collaboration with the US Army Corps of Engineers. The results were incorporated in the 2015 North Atlantic Comprehensive Study of the USACE. In 2016 he published Reading Structures: 39 Projects and Built Works with Lars Müller Publishers, a companion to his 2010 collection of essays Patterns and Structure.

He will present a Tecnoglass Lecture, “Climate Adaptation and Coastal Resilience” in a special Tuesday presentation of the program, on February 13, 2017. Join us in Glasgow Hall at 6:30 p.m. for this exciting talk!

March 21, 2017 – Kunle Adeyemi

Kunlé Adeyemi is a Nigerian architect, urbanist and creative researcher. Adeyemi is founder and principal of NLÉ, an architecture, design and urbanism practice, based in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. He will present a Tecnoglass Lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 in Glasgow Hall.

High Noon Lunchtime Lecture Series

High Noon is an informal lunchtime lecture series through which diverse members of the community discuss work-in-progress. High Noon events are regularly scheduled on Wednesdays in Rinker at 12:15 p.m.

February 22, 2017 – George Baird

George Baird is Emeritus Professor of Architecture, and the former dean of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. He is the founding principal of the Toronto-based architecture and urban design firm Baird Sampson Neuert Architects.

Baird is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts. He has been the recipient of the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Architecture and Design Award (1992), the da Vinci Medal of the Ontario Association of Architects (2000), and the Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (2010). He will give a High Noon lecture at 12:15 p.m. in Rinker Classroom.

March 1, 2017 – Sanjeev Chatterjee

Sanjeev Chatterjee is a Professor at the University of Miami, School of Communication, Department of Cinema and Interactive Media with a secondary appointment in the Department of Journalism. He will give a High Noon lecture at 12:15 p.m. in Rinker Classroom.

March 8, 2017 – Bradley Cantrell

Bradley Cantrell is an Associate Professor at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He is a landscape architect and scholar whose work focuses on the role of computation and media in environmental and ecological design. He will give a High Noon lecture at 12:15 p.m. in Rinker Classroom.

Currents Lecture Series

U-SoA Currents is a forum for the diversity of voices and interests in the field. Lectures in the Currents series are regularly scheduled on Mondays in Glasgow Hall at 6:30 p.m.

March 6, 2017 – Allan T. Shulman 

A richly illustrated lecture about his latest book Building Bacardi: Architecture, Art & Identity (Rizzoli) by U-SoA Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Programs in Architecture, Allan T. Shulman. Join us on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5:00 p.m, in Glasgow Hall.

September 18, 2017 – Max Strang 

In his lecture, "Evolution of Florida Modernism," Max Strang discusses how the Sarasota School of Architecture movement has influenced his body of work. As one of Florida’s pre-eminent practitioners of regional modernism, Strang has demonstrated that the optimistic spirit of the movement can indeed be advanced into a new era. This continuity of tradition and critical exploration have infused Strang’s projects across the state of Florida and the Caribbean.

Max Strang, FAIA, is the founding principal of [STRANG], a Miami-based architecture firm acclaimed for its site-specific and climate-driven designs. Through his work and discourse, Strang has consistently underscored the ongoing relevance and importance of regional modernism to an international audience. In 2016, he was elected to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and in 2013 he received the Silver Medal from the Miami Chapter of the AIA, the highest honor the organization can bestow. Strang worked in London for the world-renowned Zaha Hadid and in New York for SHoP Architects. The architect of greatest influence, however, was Florida's Gene Leedy, an important member of the Sarasota School of Architecture. Strang was raised in a Leedy-designed home and later interned in Leedy's Winter Haven office. He graduated summa cum laude with a degree in architecture from the University of Florida and received a graduate degree from Columbia University.