Architecture Program Hosts Second Annual Bob & Sherry Faust Distinguished Lecture

2024 Bob and Sherry Faust Distinguished Lecture

On Wednesday, March 20, the Auburn University School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (APLA) hosted the second annual Bob & Sherry Faust Distinguished Lecture at the Gogue Performing Arts Center.

This annual event honors the legacy of Robert L. Faust, Professor Emeritus of Architecture, who taught in APLA from 1968 to 2012 and passed away in November of 2020. The Bob & Sherry Faust Distinguished Lecture, made possible through the generosity and support of Professor Faust’s wife Sherry, was attended by over 200 faculty, staff, students and community members.

This year’s event featured Distinguished Lecturer Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA. Kundig is Principal, Owner & Founder of Seattle-based Olson Kundig. He has garnered numerous prestigious awards over the past three decades, including National Design Award for Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He has also been elected to the National Academy and received the AIA Seattle Medal of Honor. Kundig’s work has been featured in numerous publications worldwide and has received accolades such as the World Architecture News Tall Buildings Award and Record House Awards. His projects span across six continents and encompass various types, from private homes to hospitality destinations and museums. Additionally, Kundig is actively involved in lectures and design juries globally and has been recognized for his influence on modern living and design. Under his leadership, Olson Kundig has received significant recognition, including the National Architecture Firm Award and multiple appearances on the AD100 list.

“It was a terrific experience to host Tom Kundig,” stated Assistant Professor Ernesto Bilbao, who served as moderator alongside Assistant Professor Jennifer Pindyck. “Spending time with him was a true honor, and his anecdotes and stories confirmed that he is not only a celebrated architect but also an incredible person. Behind his stunning work, I found an extraordinary human being who was generous enough to share his most personal experiences with our students, inspiring their future growth.”

A reception was held after the event, providing students, faculty and staff to network and interact with Kundig and a selection of his work.