February 06: On Imagination: Conversations with Architects Film Screening
Imagination is the unique human ability that drives all creative processes. The employment of the imagination by architects toward imagining architecture is at once a most pretentious act and simultaneously a most grounded and essential act. It is indeed ironic that something as definitive as architecture is driven by the indefinable. Imagination is central to the authority of architecture and at the core of architectural discourse, though often as a subtext.
This 90-minute video looks at imagination through the musings of some of today's most creative architects. It includes conversations with twenty-five architects: David Adjaye, Alan Balfour, Jennifer Bonner, Henry Cobb, Preston Scott Cohen, Lise Anne Couture, Peter Eisenman, Frank Gehry, Steven Holl, Rem Koolhaas, Diane Lewis, Thom Mayne, Michael Meredith, Rafael Moneo, William Morgan, Monica Ponce de Leon, Hani Rashid, Hilary Sample, Martha Schwartz, Michael Sorkin, Nader Tehrani, Elías Torres, Billie Tsien, Michael Van Valkenburgh, and Tod Williams. The video was produced by Merrill Elam of Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Atlanta, Helen Han, Architect and Filmmaker, and Margaret Fletcher, Assistant Professor of Architect at Auburn University. The video will be introduced by Margaret Fletcher.
February 18: Julie Snow, FAIA
Julie Snow leads a studio-based practice in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The diverse scale and type of work is joined by a common exploration of material and detail. The studio’s interest in pragmatic and critical programmatic reflection results in innovative designs that expand our understanding of architectural performance. Design strategies engage issues of how architecture performs within each project’s social, cultural and economic context.
The practice has been recognized with numerous awards including the AIA Honor Award, Holcim North American Bronze Award, Progressive Architecture Design Award, the Chicago Athenaeum’s American and International Architecture Awards, Architect Magazine Annual Design Review, the Design Distinction Award from I.D. magazine, several Business Week/Architectural Record Awards and several US General Services Administration’s Design Excellence Awards.
Julie recently received the American Academy of Arts and Letters Architecture Award. The award read, “The architecture of Julie VandenBerg Snow might be characterized as invention within convention. That is not to say that her work is conventional but to recognize that, within a rigorous underpinning, she and her studio make the marvelous happen. Elegance is balanced by pragmatism—she is a ballerina who can dance in work boots. Albert Einstein is quoted as saying, ‘Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler.’ The work of Julie VandenBerg Snow does this.’”