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Fall 2016 Lecture Series: Unfolding Narratives

Fall 2016 Lecture Series: Unfolding Narratives

Whether designing advanced structures, communal spaces, or entire cities, designers face the challenges of the physical and the political world; challenges that change and advance their initial thoughts and ideas.  The story of successful creation is often one of either resistance to, or acceptance of, contingency.  The 2016-17 APLA lecture series, "Unfolding Narrative: vision | contingency | legacy," focuses on the obstacles and challenges that the creative minds of our lecturers face and overcome.

John A. Ochsendorf
John A. Ochsendorf is the Class of 1942 Professor of Architecture and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He is a founding partner of the engineering firm Ochsendorf, DeJong and Block whose award-winning work was featured in two major installations at the 2016 Venice Biennale of Architecture.  

His research in history, preservation, and design has been supported by a Fulbright Scholarship to Spain (2000), a Rome Prize (2007), and a MacArthur Fellowship (2008).

Ochsendorf is the author of Guastavino Vaulting: The Art of Structural Tile (Princeton Architectural Press, 2013).

Mario Gooden
Mario Gooden is Associate Professor of Practice at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Principal at Huff + Gooden Architects.  He is a co-director of the Global Africa Lab.  

Gooden’s work, writings and lectures frequently examine architecture and the translation of cultural landscapes defined by the parameters of technology, race, class gender and sexuality. In 2006 he completed the installation entitled UnSpoken Spaces: Inside and Outside the Boundaries of Race, Class, and Space at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina. Most recently, Gooden is the author of Dark Space (Columbia University Press, 2016).

Lorcan O’Herlihy
Lorcan O’Herlihy FAIA, founder and principal of LOHA, seeks opportunities to engage the ever-changing complexities of the urban landscape while embracing architecture as a catalyst of change.

Lorcan’s professional practice has run in parallel to his academic and intellectual pursuits. He received a MA in Histories and Critical Thinking from the Architectural Association in London. He has taught and lectured extensively over the last decade, including at the Architectural Association, SCI-Arc, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and Columbia University.

In 2004 the Architectural League of New York selected O’Herlihy as one of the eight “emerging voices” in the U.S. In 2009, Lorcan was elevated to the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Lorcan’s commitment to design excellence in commercial, educational and residential projects has earned over 85 national and local design awards, including a nomination for the 2016 Beazley Architecture of the Year at the Design Museum, London.  

Vincent James
Vincent James is principal of VJAA. Based in Minneapolis, the firm is known for its innovative approach to architectural practice, environmental design, and to highly crafted buildings. James was appointed Adjunct Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design from 2000-2008. Before teaching at Harvard, he taught at Tulane University, where he was appointed the Favrot Visiting Chair in Architecture in 1998 and 1999.  More recently he has taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

VJAA is the recipient of the 2012 American Institute of Architects Firm Award.  The firm won the international competition to design the Hostler Center at the American University of Beirut (completed in 2008), and is currently working on the Minnesota Museum of American Art.  Recently completed projects include the Lobby Redesign and the new African Art Galleries in Kenzo Tange’s Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and the Walker Library in Minneapolis.  Other built works include the Tulane University Center, and the Minneapolis Rowing Club. A new Guesthouse and additions to Marcel Breuer’s Abbey Church were completed at St. John’s Abbey.

James is co-author, with VJAA partner Jennifer Yoos, of the recently released book, Parallel Cities: The Multilevel Metropolis (Walker Art Center, 2016).

Timothy McDonald
Timothy McDonald is the President and CEO of Onion Flats LLC, a Philadelphia based real estate development/design/build firm.  In 2005, McDonald co-founded the architecture firm Plumbob, LLC and JIG, Inc., a General Contracting, Construction Management and Green Roof company, allowing his team to provide full design-build services for both clients and their own developments.

McDonald has been an adjunct Professor of Architecture at Philadelphia University, Temple University, University of Calgary, and University of Pennsylvania.  He is also Founder/President of FAARM, a non-profit organization dedicated solely to the exhibition of art and architecture in Philadelphia.

His service and experience extends into his community by holding current positions in the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association Zoning Committee, the Philadelphia Sustainability Advisory Board, as well as a previous position on the Old City Civic Association Board of Directors.

Lois Weinthal
Lois Weinthal is Chair of the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University, Canada. She is the editor of Toward a New Interior: An Anthology of Interior Design Theory (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011), which organizes the interior as a series of layers that surround the body (Interior Design Educators Council Book Award in 2014), and co-editor of After Taste: Expanded Practice in Interior Design (Princeton Architectural Press, 2011).  Additional publications include 'Interior-scapes' in Feminist Practices (2011), "Bridging the Threshold of Interior and Exterior: An Interview with Petra Blaisse" in AD Architectural Design (2008) and "House Lab" in the JAE Journal of Architectural Education (2006).  In 2014-2015 she was Associate Editor of the international journal: Interiors: Design, Architecture, Culture (Bloomsbury).

She has received grants from the Graham Foundation, Fulbright, and DAAD and has exhibited and lectured nationally and internationally.

Weinthal uses the design studio as an opportunity for students to test ideas by constructing them at full-scale. Design work from her studio courses have won national awards and have been published internationally.

Bobby McAlpine
Bobby McAlpine (a 1981 Auburn architecture graduate and 1983 Auburn interior design graduate) envisions home as a timeless, graceful, and emotionally evocative place.  From the time he founded his architectural practice in 1983 (today known as the acclaimed firm McAlpine Tankersley), he has been realizing this ideal in a diverse array of traditional styles and regional vernaculars for clients all over the country. 

The firm holds architecture and interior design offices in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and New York.  Along with his furniture line, McAlpine is the author of The Home Within Us (Rizzoli, 2010), and co-author of Art of the House (Rizzoli, 2014).

Nathaniel R. Walker
Nathaniel R. Walker is Professor of Architectural History at College of Charleston Department of Art & Architectural History. He specializes in the history of public space in the United States and Europe as well as in the urban forms of the Classic Maya and within Chinese Daoist architectural representations.  He has focused many of his studies on the relationships between architecture, urban planning, and utopian dreams of progress and futurity that proliferated in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature, film, advertising, and other media.  His research has been published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural HistoriansTraditional Dwellings and Settlements ReviewUtopian Studies among others, and was featured in an exhibition that he organized at Brown University's David Winton Bell Gallery entitled Building Expectation: Past and Present Visions of the Architectural Future.