CANADIAN ARCHITECTURAL AND CULTURAL LEADER TO SPEAK AT UIC
Phyllis Lambert, the founding director of the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, will give a lecture and lead a graduate seminar in architecture April 16 at the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Architecture and the Arts.
The lecture, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 6 p.m. in Room L285 of the UIC Theatre building, 1044 W. Harrison St.
"We are delighted to bring Phyllis Lambert to UIC," said Judith Russi Kirshner, dean of the College of Architecture and the Arts. "She directs one of the most important international archival, research, exhibition and outreach centers in architecture, supporting cutting-edge research in the history, theory and practices of architecture."
Lambert's talk will address key concerns in her work, including the forthcoming exhibition on Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, one of the giants of 20th-century architecture. The exhibition will present a series of drawings, models, photographs and videos of Mies' U.S. projects, including the Seagram Building in New York, the Federal Plaza and the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, and the Farnsworth House in Plano, Ill.
The exhibition will open in Montreal October 17 before moving to the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and then, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. Two UIC faculty are involved in the exhibition. Associate Professor Inigo Manglano-Ovalle of the School of Art and Design is designing the installation of the exhibition and producing a video, and Assistant Professor Ammar Eloueini of the School of Architecture is designing a computer-generated animation of one of Mies' unbuilt projects, the Library and Administration Building at IIT.
Lambert, as founding director and chair of the board of trustees of the Canadian Centre for Architecture, has created a major museum and study center to make architecture a public concern nationally and internationally. In 1999, she established the International Foundation for the Canadian Centre for Architecture Prize for the Design of Cities. The competition will be held in a different city every three years and aims to encourage and reward proposals for the future of cities.
As director of planning for the Seagram Building in New York (1954-58), Lambert received the 25 Year Award from the American Institute of Architects. She was awarded the Massey Medal- Canada's highest architectural design honor-for the Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal (1964-1968), and the AIA Honor Award and the AIA Institute Honor Award as consulting architect and client of the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Lambert was the recipient of the 1991 Gold Medal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Prix Gérard-Morisset, the award of the Government of Québec for museology and architectural conservation in 1994, and the 1997 Hadrian Award of the World Monuments Fund for the preservation of international cultural heritage, notably for the preservation and conservation of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Egypt. She has received numerous honorary degrees from universities in North America and Europe and serves architecture schools and on architectural juries.
While at UIC, Lambert will lead a graduate seminar at the School of Architecture. The seminar will involve students and faculty from the digital media, landscape urbanism and technological design studios, in which emerging practices form part of advanced architectural design research.
Parking will be available in UIC Lot 9 on Morgan Street at Harrison (enter off Morgan Street through the west lot entrance). For more information, call 996-3335.
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