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UNLV Libraries -> Architecture Studies Library-> Collections ->  ASL Media/Lecture Resources -> Klai::Juba Lecture Series Spring 2009

                        KLAI:JUBA Lecture Series - Spring 2009
                        UNLV School of Architecture

All lectures (unless otherwise noted) begin at 7 pm, reception at 6:30. All lectures (unless otherwise noted)
will be held in the Auditorium of the Fifth Street School, 401 South 4th Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101. For more information, contact: (702) 895-3031

Wednesday January 21
"Creating Brand Experience"
Wright Massey
Brand Architecture, Orlando, Florida
AIA-Las Vegas Membership Meeting

Wednesday January 28
"Not Landscape, Not Architecture, Sculpture"
Mary Miss
Artist, New York, NY
( presented by the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission )

Wednesday February 4 (location: UNLV School of Architecture Auditorium)
"Form and Detritus"
Brian Andrews
Visiting Professor, UNLV School of Architecture

Wednesday February 18
"Toward Social Sculpture"
Rick Lowe
Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas
( presented by the City of Las Vegas Arts Commission )
AIA-Las Vegas Membership Meeting

Monday March 2, (note earlier time: 6pm)
"Hollywood Signs: Ed Ruscha and Film"
Dr. Alexandra Schwartz
The Museum of Modern Art, New York

"In Sequence: Learning from Las Vegas, Film, and the Image of the City,"
Dr. Martino Stierli
Faculty of Architecture, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
( co-sponsored by the UNLV Art Department )

Friday March 13(note location change: School of Architecture Room 127 (Auditorium))
"Old Towns, New Buildings"
Thomas Schumacher
Professor of Architecture, University of Maryland
Fellow of the American Academy in Rome

Wednesday March 18
"Collaboration Leading to More Meaningful Urban Design"
Robert Zimmer
zimmerraystudios, Seattle, Washington
AIA-Las Vegas Membership Meeting

Speaker Bios / Abstracts

Wright Massey, Principal, Brand Architecture, Orlando, Florida

Wright Massey has been building brands for over 30 years. As the Director of Design for The Disney Stores, Wright was responsible for managing the store roll-out program in the US, Canada and Mexico. He was also responsible for the design of the prototype stores. As the VP of Development and VP of Creative Services for Starbucks Coffee Company, Wright hired and managed a team of 175 people. He is credited with creating the Synergistic Rollout Program to build one store per day (from 200 per year to 350), which saved Starbucks $20M a year. He is also credited for creating the Creative Service Group with the design of Starbucks’ brand identity and the image for the store design that launched a national and international brand.

After completing Starbucks in 1999, Wright realized that a business opportunity existed in offering the same services he learned while doing Starbucks and The Disney Store. Wright is a licensed, NCARB certified architect with more than 15 years as a lead designer for many of the world’s foremost architectural firms. He has designed over thirty resorts worldwide for most of the major corporations in the hospitality industry.

Wright received an MBA from the University of California, Irvine, a Bachelor of Architecture (5-year program) from the University of Tennessee, an MFA and a BFA (Fine Arts) from East Carolina University. Wright has managed more than a billion dollars of hospitality, retail, marketing and facility design/construction projects worldwide.

Mary Miss, Artist New York, NY

For more than three decades Mary Miss has reshaped the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, landscape design and installation art. She has articulated a vision of the public sphere where communal and private experiences co-exist. Her work is grounded in the context of a place, from which she constructs situations where the visitor becomes aware of the site’s history, its ecology, or aspects of the environment that have gone unnoticed. The individual viewer moving through the site, experiencing it in all of its configurations, becomes the primary focus.
Educated as a sculptor, her work has expanded from temporary site installations to large scale infrastructural transformations. Mary Miss has worked on many public commissions and has collaborated closely with architects, planners, engineers, ecologists and public administrators. In the last year Miss’ work has included an installation that focuses on the water resources in Beijing for the Olympic Park there, a city-wide three dimensional mapping project that delineated the 500-year floodplain level in Boulder, Colorado, and a temporary work at a sixteenth-century site in a city park in Delhi that will be part of the exhibition '49°: Public Art and Ecology.'  At the North Carolina Museum of Art she is completing plans for a permanent project that takes water, its presence and movement on the site as its subject.  It will include walkways, earthen terraces, plantings, and a restored stream to demonstrate the functions and characteristics of watershed and wetland processes in the region. She recently completed an installation at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.
Mary Miss has won numerous awards including the Medal of Honor from the American Institute of Architects in 1990, a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1986, three National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships between 1974-1984.  She was an honoree of the 1999 Biennial Exhibition of Public Art at the Neuberger Museum of Art, and received an honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree from Washington University in 2000.
Miss was a Resident Sculptor at the American Academy in Rome in 1989.  Miss has served on the Board of Directors of Artists Space, the American Academy in Rome and the Van Alen Institute.  She was the subject of exhibitions at the Fogg Museum, Harvard University  in 1980; Brown University Gallery in 1981; the Institute of Contemporary Art, London in 1983; the Architectural Association, London in 1987; Graduate School of Design, Harvard University in 1990; and the Des Moines Art Center in 1996.  She participated in the 1992 group exhibition New Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, the 1996 exhibition More Than Minimal: Feminism and Abstraction in the 70’s, Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, and the 2001 exhibition Century City:  Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis at the Tate Modern, London.

Brian Andrews, Visiting Professor, UNLV School of Architecture

Professor Andrews joined the faculty of the UNLV School of Architecture as a Visiting Professor after teaching at USC, the University of Virginia, Syracuse University and Clemson University, where he was the Robert Mills Professor. He has been principal in Andrews/ Le Blanc Architects since 1993. 

His architectural projects include competitions, commercial buildings and residential designs. Among his award winning designs are a Baton Rouge Cemetery that won the Boston Society of Architects prize for un-built work in 1999 and his Pensacola houses that won an ACSA Award for Excellence in Design in 1997.  His work has been published in Architecture, The Japan Architect, L.A. Architect, and Modulus 23: Towards a Civil Architecture in America.

Exhibitions of his work have been held at several universities, ACSA national conventions, and cities across the United States and in Canada.  Professor Andrews won a Skidmore Owings and Merrill Traveling Fellowship in 1988 and was an Alternate for the Rome Prize in 1991. While at Tulane, he won the AIA Gold Medal for Design Excellence, was elected to Tau Sigma Delta (honorary architectural fraternity), named valedictorian of his class, and won the Best Thesis Award.

Rick Lowe, Project Row Houses, Houston Texas

Rick Lowe is the founder of Project Row Houses, an arts and cultural community located in a historically significant and culturally charged neighborhood in Houston, Texas. Rick has participated in exhibitions and programs nationally and internationally. From 1992 to the present he has exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, New York, Kwangil Bienale, Kwangil Korea, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Glassell School and the Kumamoto State Museum, Kumamoto, Japan.

Rick has worked as guest artist on a number of community projects nationally. From 2001 – 2002 he worked in collaboration with arts consultant Jessica Cusick on the Arts Plan for Rem Koolhaus designed Seattle Public Library. In California Rick worked with artist Suzanne Lacy and curator Mary Jane Jacobs on the Borough Project for Spoleto Festival 2003, in Charleston SC and was lead artist on the Delray Beach Cultural Loop, Delray Beach, Florida. In 2005 he worked with the British Architect David Adjaye, on a project for the Seattle Art Museum and their new Olympic Sculpture Park. Since 2006 he has been working with a group of artists and community activists on Transforma Projects in New Orleans.

Rick has received many honors. In 1997, he and Project Row Houses were awarded a silver medal by the Rudy Bruner Awards in Urban Excellence. In 2000 he was a recipient of the American Institute of Architects Keystone Award. In 2002 he was awarded the Heinz Award for arts and humanities, and he was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University from 2001 to 2002. He has received the Brandywine Lifetime Achievement Award and he is an Osher Fellow at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. He also received the Huston Spirit Award by the Mayor of Houston.

Dr. Alexandra Schwartz, curator, The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Since 2004, Alexandra Schwartz has worked as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her museum experience includes positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, The Phillips Collection, Washington DC, the Harvard University Art Museums, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Dr. Schwartz has taught at the University of Michigan, the Museum of Modern Art, and most recently in the Columbia University MA Program in Modern Art/Curatorial Studies.

Alexandra Schwartz received an AB in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard in 1994, and a Master of Art (2000) and a PhD (2004) in the History of Art from the University of Michigan. Her forthcoming book, Ed Ruscha’s Los Angeles, will be published by MIT Press in 2010. She was the editor of Leave Any Information at the Signal: Writings, Interviews, Bits, Pages by Ed Ruscha, published by October Books/ MIT Press in 2002, and is co-editor (with Cornelia Butler) of, Individuals: Women Artists in the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, forthcoming from The Museum of Modern Art.

Dr. Martino Stierli
, Faculty of Architecture, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Martino Stierli received his PhD from the ETH in Zurich, with the dissertation: "Put into Perspective: Aesthetics, Form and Discourse of the City in Venturi’s and Scott Brown’s Learning from Las Vegas," which was awarded the Theodor Fischer Prize of the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich and the ETH Zurich medal of distinction.

Dr. Stierli's book, Las Vegas im Rückspiegel. Untersuchungen zum Stadtbegriff bei Robert Venturi und Denise Scott Brown, (Las Vegas in the Rearview Mirror: Investigations of the City by Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown) will be published in Zurich in 2009. He is co- editor of the forthcoming Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archive of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, and is the author of numerous essays, including, "In the Academy’s Garden: Robert Venturi, the Grand Tour and the Revision of Modernism," published in AAFiles 56 in 2007.  
Dr. Stierli has taught at the ETH, The University of Zurich, and University of Lucerne.

Thomas Schumacher, Professor of Architecture, University of Maryland, Fellow of the American Academy in Rome

Thomas Schumacher was born in the Bronx, NY, in 1941. After public schooling in New York, he attended Cornell University, receiving the degrees of Bachelor of Architecture (1963) and Master of Architecture (1966). At Cornell he studied with historian and theorist Colin Rowe. He was awarded the Rome Prize in Architecture in 1967, and spent two years at the American Academy in Rome. Returning to the US, he worked in the studio of I.M. Pei and Partners in New York, and then at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies.

Professor Schumacher began full-time teaching in 1972 at Princeton University. In 1978 he moved to the University of Virginia, and, since 1984 has taught at the University of Maryland, where he is Professor of Architecture. His visiting professorships include Syracuse University in Florence, Italy; the Istituto Universitario di Architettura in Venice, Italy; the University of Illinois at Chicago; the University of Michigan; Temple University; Lehigh University; the Catholic University of America, and the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Thomas Schumacher's writings have appeared in various architectural journals and magazines, among them: Architectural Design, The Architectural Review, Oppositions, The Journal of Architectural Education, Casabella, Parametro, The Cornell Journal of Architecture, Harvard Design Magazine, The Memoirs of the American Academy in Rome, Oz, and The Harvard Architecture Review.  His books include Terragni's Danteum: Architecture, Poetics, and Politics under Italian Fascism, (Princeton Architectural Press, 1985), which is currently in print in a 2004 paperback edition.  Surface and Symbol, Giuseppe Terragni and the Architecture of Italian Rationalism, appeared in 1991, also from Princeton Architectural Press.

Robert Zimmer, zimmerraystudios, Seattle, Washington

When Frank Gehry contacted LMN to act as the local, associate architect on the Experience Music Project (EMP), Robert Zimmer was put in charge as Project Architect. Similar to his recent role on the Central Library with Rem Koolhaas, he provided critical zoning code analysis and acted as a design participant and as liaison between Gehry Partners and the Design Commission from schematic design through construction documents. Under the leadership of Zimmer, LMN was also hired directly by the owner to act as architect and interior designed for several of the specialized and complex exhibits in the rock and roll music museum.

For the Seattle Central Library, Zimmer worked as Project Director for the joint venture of OMA/LMN as a principal of LMN. He was a full-time collaborator providing critical continuity for the design team from concept design through construction documents and well into the construction phase. He contributed significantly in developing strategies for zoning and building code issues and served as a critical liaison between the design team and the Design Commission and City Council. Robert was personally responsible for many design and technical solutions as well as acting as director for OMA/ LMN and their engineering and special consultants.


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