By Tolya Stonorov and Timothy ParkerThe School of Architecture + Art 2015/2016 lecture series continues a decade-long tradition of bringing leading creative minds to Chaplin Hall Gallery.
The series began this academic year with a Norwich focus as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities on Friday, October 2 with presentations from three students who received prestigious Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowships and explored architecture in Switzerland, Italy, the American Southwest, and Canada. This first event culminated with a lecture from Norwich alum Kimberly Tuttle of the American Institute of Architects Student division followed by a small reception.
In October, the lecture series also co-sponsored an exhibit of photographs by Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and photographer Jose Galvez, who also spoke about his work. The program was part of a Hispanic Heritage Celebration produced in conjunction with the Department of Modern Languages and College of Liberal Arts.
Later that month, French architect and author José Oubrerie shared insights from a remarkable career that includes formative experience in the atelier of Le Corbusier, a foundational figure in architectural modernism. Oubrerie completed the architect’s design for the church of Saint-Pierre in Firminy, France, which remained unfinished after Le Corbusier’s death.
In November, Eli Gould, principal of Ironwood, a design/build firm that pre-crafts and delivers some of the Northeast’s most high performance residential buildings, spoke about his innovative timber engineering and own high performance design/build work.
Spring semester lecture series programming begins with a visit on Monday, February 1, by Harry Falconer, an assistant director with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. Falconer will talk with students about the professional license examination and registration process.
On Friday, February 19, we are joined by Gray Organschi Architecture, an outstanding firm from Connecticut, whose work focuses on the juncture of design and making. Principals Elizabeth P. Gray, FAIA, and Alan Organschi bring an innovative and timeless approach that melds fabrication and material exploration with two-dimensional architectural detailing. Their work has been published internationally and ranges in scope from homes and restaurants to community centers and bridges.
On Friday, March 25 the School of Architecture + Art hosts Margaret Griffin of Griffin Enright Architects from Los Angeles. Focusing on cultural intricacies and collaboration, Griffin Enright Architects’ work is bold and multidimensional. With projects ranging from educational and commercial buildings to residential and cultural designs, their work has received dozens of awards and has been widely published.
Concluding the 2015-16 Lecture Series will be a symposium on Friday, April 15 addressing a provocative topic: Utopia/Dystopia in Architecture and Art. Related to Norwich University’s current “Year of Transformation” Bicentennial countdown theme a panel of visiting artists, architects, and scholars will discuss dimensions of design that relate to transformations of one extreme or another. Do artists and architects work against the backdrop of an ideal or seek to create order amidst the threat of chaos? What roles do utopian/dystopian themes play in the processes of design, creation, interpretation, and imagination? Audience participation in the ensuing discussion will be encouraged and welcome.
The School of Architecture + Art heartily invites you to join us for any or all of these remaining events. Each lecture will be in the Chaplin Hall Gallery and are free and open to the public; more information is available here: