College of Design Fall 2011 lectures schedule


Global Practices in Architecture Lecture Series

Architecture lectures begin at 6 PM in 100 Rapson Hall and focus on current work by notable architects from around the world.

Series funded by the Cass Gilbert Lecture Fund.

Presenters and topics include:

Yoshiharu Tsukamoto
Co-founder, Atelier Bow-Wow, Tokyo, Japan
Current Work
Friday, September 9
6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall

Architect Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and his firm, the Tokyo-based Atelier Bow-Wow, just unveiled the BMW Guggenheim Lab in New York, a mobile structure currently in use as a public gathering space and generator for innovative ways to improve urban life. Tsukamoto discusses the pop-up think tank--which will travel to Europe and Asia over the next two years--and other recent international work by the firm he co-founded with partner Momoyo Kaijima, which is known for idiosyncratic yet highly usable residential projects in dense urban environments. Since 1992, Atelier Bow-Wow has designed and built more than 20 homes, public museums, and commercial buildings and published 11 books, including Pet Architecture Guidebook, which catalogs the multitude of odd, ungainly, but functional little buildings wedged into tiny sites around Tokyo. Yoshiharu Tsukamoto is associate professor in the Graduate School of Architecture and Building Engineering at Tokyo Institute of Technology.

Presented by the Walker Art Center and the School of Architecture, University of Minnesota College of Design

Kerem Erginoğlu and Hasan Çalışlar
Co-founders, Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects, Istanbul, Turkey
Context and Intuition: Modern, Public, Local Space
Friday, October 14
6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall, reception follows
Presented in conjunction with Rendezvous with the U, 6-9pm

Hasan Çalışlar and Kerem Erginoğlu founded Istanbul-based Erginoğlu & Çalışlar Architects in 1993. The firm specializes in urban planning, architecture, and interior design with a diverse portfolio of national and international projects including an adaptive re-use design of a former salt repository in Istanbul's industrical Kasimpaşa neighborhood, which received the New & Old Award at the World Architecture Festival in Barcelona in 2010.

Inspired by architecture that is modern, public and local, Erginoğlu & Çalışlar continually seek to question and be informed by the contexts and elemental morphologies of their projects, working at both pragmatic and conceptual scales to link economy, construction and design. "Context and Intuition" will focus on their current work.

Daniel Lopez and Renata R. Elizando
Independent architects, Oaxaca, Mexico
Emerging Practices in Mexican Architecture
Wednesday, October 19
6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall, reception follows

Daniel Lopez received his degree from La Salle University and established his own firm in 1994. His work has included numerous institutional buildings for the Harp Helu Foundation in Oaxaca and a recent series of single family houses. His design focus is on the reinterpretation of modern architectural patterns in Oaxaca and the landscape.

Renata R. Elizondo received her degrees from the Technical Institute of Monterrey ITESM and the AA in London. She established her firm in 2001 which has concentrated on the design of buildings that employ locally available materials and craftspeople.

Their joint talk "Emerging Practices in Mexican Architecture" will feature their current work. A fiesta and exhibition of student work from Oaxaca study abroad follows lecture.

Philippe Block
Assistant Professor, Structural Engineering Institute for
Technology in Architecture, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
Current Work
October 31
6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall

Juan Ignacio del Cueto
National University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico
The Work of Felix Candela
November 21
6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall

Felix Candela was an architect and engineer who gained a worldwide reputation with the extraordinary concrete structures he designed. These revolutionary structures constructed in Mexico and other parts of the globe became popularly known as "shells" and were mainly built during the fifties and sixties, transforming the way in which reinforced concrete was understood and applied to construction. Del Cuerto will provide an insightful overview of Candela's work and revisit the context in which these buildings were created, reviewing the process of their creation.

Juan Ignacio Del Cueto is a professor in the School of Architecture and a senior researcher at the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Research Center at the National University of Mexico (UNAM). His recent work focused on the exhibition Felix Candela 1910-2010 and book publication of That Creative Spring: Reinforced Concrete Shells in Mexico.

More lectures:

Next Generation of Parks
Tom Leader
Principal, Tom Leader Studio, Landscape Architecture (TLS), Berkeley, CA
Sheila Kennedy and Frano Violich
Founding principals, Kennedy & Violich Architecture Ltd. (KVA), Boston, MA
Monday, September 19
7 PM, 100 Rapson Hall, reception follows

Tom Leader, Sheila Kennedy, and Frano Violich, principals from the design team TLS/KVA, will talk about current projects and share an update on next steps for the Minneapolis riverfront development initiative.

Learn more about the Minneapolis Riverfront project and designers at:

Presented by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, Walker Art Center, and the Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota College of Design

Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small Scale Community in a Large Scale World
An evening with Pacific Northwest Architect and Author Ross Chapin
Ross Chapin
Author and founder, Ross Chapin Architects, Whidbey Island, WA
Wednesday, September 28
6 PM, 100 Rapson Hall
Books available for purchase, book signing reception follows lecture.

Pocket Neighborhoods are about nearby neighbors coming together around a shared commons. These small-scale settings can foster a sense of community among neighbors, while preserving the need for privacy. Alumnus and architect Ross Chapin (B.Arch/BED 1979) will present a slide show about his new book on this topic, sharing stories of communities from around the world, their historic precedents, and the key design principles that give them vitality. Chapin leads a planning and architecture firm near Seattle, Washington that has pioneered this approach for 15 years. He has designed dozens of neighborhood plans for developers across the U.S. and Canada, and has been a development partner on six pocket neighborhoods, several which have received national housing awards. His work and ideas have been featured in USA Today, New York Times, and more than 30 books. Book signing reception follows talk in the HGA gallery. Books will be available for purchase in Rapson Hall before, during and after the talk. For more information, visit

Salovich Fund Dean's Lecture presented in partnership with the University of Minnesota Bookstores.

1 Comment

Is the BMW Guggenheim open for visitors? Sounds pretty interesting!