back in the saddle…

…and looking forward to the academic year.  I’m honored to be directing ISU’s graduate program in architecture this year–we have a record enrollment, with more students, more overseas students, and students from a wider variety of countries than ever before thanks to the work of my predecessor, Jason Alread.  And we have a killer lineup of studio critics and seminar leaders.  It’s looking like a great year ahead.

Not to mention a full raft of lectures.  I’ll start the Fall off with ISU’s annual Premiere lecture on Friday, 5 September at (about) 5:30.  I’ll be talking about my Nervi research, and showing many never-before-seen drawings from the archives and new visualizations that I put together while in Rome.

The next week, I’ll be giving a lunch lecture at the AIA South Dakota annual convention in Sioux Falls on 11 Sept., looking at the midwestern genesis of Chicago skyscrapers–many thanks to ISU alum Catherine Dekkenga for the invite.  From there it’s off to Brasilia for the annual International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures meeting–there will be a session on historic shell structures, and I’ll be presenting more Nervi–and enjoying the chance to listen to my colleague, Rob Whitehead, expound on Saarinen.

And there are two public Chicago events in the works–one at IIT on 29 October and the other at the Art Institute with Robert Bruegmann on 4 November.  Details to follow.

In between all of which…Comprehensive Design goes to Chicago this year.  Much more on that to come…

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