The second BIArch Open Lecture of the Spring 2010 cycle will be delivered next Friday June 11th by Stan Allen, principal of Stan Allen Architect and Dean of the Princeton University School of Architecture (SOA). The lecture, titled “From Object to Field (and back)” will take place in the Auditorium of La Pedrera, at 7 pm. Allen will be introduced by Madrid-based architect Arturo Franco, Director of Arquitectura COAM.
Stan Allen studied at Brown University, The Cooper Union, and Princeton University. After working for Richard Meier and Partners in New York and Rafael Moneo in Spain, he established his own practice in 1990. For over 12 years he was a professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP), from 1989 to 2002. His work has been published in Points and Lines: Diagrams and Projects for the City (Princeton, 1999) and his theoretical essays in Practice: Architecture, Technique and Representation (G+B Arts, 2000).
Allen’s academic work and professional practice illustrate his conviction that “in an increasingly specialized world, architects are the last surviving generalists.” Allen believes that architecture demands a particular set of technical or formal skills and professional traits but also openness and flexibility to incorporate different types of inputs into a truly “synthetic art form”.
Stan Allen is a member of the BIArch Advisory Council and will be part of the MBIArch Master’s Degree in Architecture program 2010-11 faculty (he will be leading one of the program’s design studios). At the the first BIArch Advisory Council Meeting, Allen argued in favor of a dual role of architectural education: “to train the best possible practicing architects…to provide the necessary skills to function within the discipline,” but also to “drive the discipline forward”.
BIArch Open Lecture
“From Object to Field (and back)”
Introduction by Arturo Franco
Friday, June 11, 2010. 7 PM
Auditorium of “La Pedrera”
Passeig de Gràcia 92
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Attendance is free, but capacity is limited. The lecture will be broadcast live online. RSVP through Facebook. For more information, visit the event page on the BIArch website or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.