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Interior Architecture 90_20 Celebration on March 31, 2017

Interior Architecture 90_20 Celebration

Ninety years ago, one of the first interior design programs in the United States was created within Alabama Polytechnic Institute’s School of Architecture and Applied Arts. Twenty years ago, that program was renamed Interior Architecture to better reflect its evolution into a unique, dual-degree program in Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction. On March 31, 2017, CADC and the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture will celebrate this 90_20 Anniversary.

The 90_20 Anniversary Celebration begins in the morning with tours of Dudley Hall and an exhibition of student work and includes lunch. Lectures by keynote speakers Lois Weinthal, Chair and Professor at Ryerson University’s School of Interior Design in Toronto, Canada, and Bobby McAlpine, a 1981 graduate of Interior Design and 1983 graduate of Architecture and founder and principal of McALPINE, begin at 1:00 p.m. in Dudley Commons Parker Auditorium B6 and are free and open to the public.

Lois Weinthal is Chair of the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. Her research and practice investigates the relationship between architecture, interiors, clothing and objects, resulting in works that take on an experimental nature. She is the editor of Toward a New Interior: An Anthology of Interior Design Theory, and co-editor of After Taste: Expanded Practice in Interior Design with Kent Kleinman and Joanna Merwood-Salisbury, both published by Princeton Architectural Press. She is Editor of the journal, Interiors: Design/Architecture/Culture published by Taylor & Francis. Previously she was Director of the Interior Design Program at Parsons The New School for Design and Graduate Advisor for the Master of Interior Design Program at The University of Texas at Austin. She studied architecture at Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design.  Her lecture will begin at 1 p.m.

 Bobby McAlpine is a 1981 graduate of Interior Design and 1983 graduate of Architecture. Born in an Alabama sawmill town, Bobby designed his first house at the age of five—and hasn’t stopped since. Architect, romantic, poet and entrepreneur, he envisions home as a timeless, graceful and emotionally evocative place. From the time he founded the firm in 1983, he has realized this ideal in a diverse array of traditional styles and regional vernaculars for clients all over the country. Today known as McALPINE, the firm now embraces a brilliant and eclectic family of professional architects and interior designers with offices in Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, and New York. Along with his furniture line, Bobby is the author of The Home Within Us, the critically acclaimed best-selling book from Rizzoli Publications, and co-author of Art of the House. His lecture will be at 3 p.m.

A reception will follow the lectures and will be held at the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. For a complete schedule of events, go to:

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The Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center has a limited number of discounted rooms for this event. Rooms may be booked by following this link.

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