UW Department of Architecture Lecture Series Winter Quarter

Two free architecture talks – Friday 22 January, Marc Simmons | Front Inc; and Thursday 11 February, Tod Williams | Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.
Details after the jump.

6:30 PM  Friday 22 January
Architecture Hall 147

The 2010 Callison Memorial Lecture
Marc Simmons | Front Inc. ( http://www.frontinc.com)

Marc Simmons is a founding partner of Front Inc., a design and façade consulting practice.  Front specializes in architectural façade systems for new construction, including curtain wall, hybrid cladding systems and the use of structural glass and related lightweight structures.  Their portfolio of work ranges in size and complexity from high-rise projects to public and cultural institutions, as well as private residences.

Front has consulted on many high-profile projects in recent years, including the Central Public Library in Seattle with OMA, the Linked Hybrid Housing Complex in Beijing with Steven Holl Architects, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis with Herzog & de Meuron and the Morgan Library and Museum in New York with the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.

Marc Simmons holds Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from the University of Waterloo, Canada.  His expertise is built upon previous work at Foster and Partners, Meinhardt Façade Technology, and the structural glass and façade consulting group at Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners in New York.  He is a faculty member at the Princeton University School of Architecture.

The lecture will focus upon recent projects and the collaborative process that Front develops with various architects.  It is sponsored by Callison and is free and open to the public.


6:30 PM  Thursday 11 February
Architecture Hall 147

The 2010 NAC Lecture
Tod Williams | Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects http://www.twbta.com/

For over 30 years, Tod Williams has worked with wife and partner Billie Tsien and in 1986 they founded Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects in New York City. They are known for residential and institutional projects which pay careful attention to context, detail and the subtleties of materials. Their concise and compelling body of work includes The American Folk Art Museum in New York, Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California, Cranbrook Natatorium in Michigan and Skirkanich Hall at the University of Pennsylvania.

Tod Williams is a fellow of the American Academy of Rome and the American Institute of Architects, and was recently inducted into to the American Academy of Arts and Letters. With his partner Billie Tsien, he has he has received the Brunner Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Medal of Honor from the New York City AIA, the President’s Medal from the Architectural League of New York and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture.

The lecture will examine several past and present projects while focusing on the broad idea of structure.  Sponsored by NAC | Architecture this event is free and open to the public.

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