Design Forum XII Registration Open

This year’s Design Forum focuses on how the locale, diverse community, and geography present a compelling opportunity to explore DESIGN TRANSFORMATION – how design itself is transformed in the wake of a changing climate, and, equally important, how meaningful changes are enacted by design.595x423design_forum-WEB_PR

In response, The Design Forum XII two-day conference will present thinkers and practitioners who are committed to solving tomorrow’s most pressing challenges. Lead by a dynamic moderator, Z Smith of Eskew Dumez Ripple, presentations from OMA, Playlab, and Kieran Timberlake, among others, will explore the intersection of design and transformation. These speakers offer a shift in thinking about how we work, what we build, how we affect change.

The venue in Norfolk, The Slover Library, is an absolute jewel of a building designed by the partnership of Newman Architects and Tymoff and Moss Architects,  and will offer an intimate and, no doubt, inspiring setting.

Online Registration is now closed. You can register onsite, Friday, April 1, at the Slover Library.

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Save the Date: Design Forum XII

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Design Forum is a biannual conference founded in 1994 to “foreground important debates about design and the built environment.” Next spring, The Forum will take place in Norfolk, VA –the heart of Virginia’s largest metro area,  and an important site for the discussion of rising sea levels and climate change.

The locale, diverse community, and geography present a compelling opportunity to explore DESIGN TRANSFORMATION – how design itself is transformed in the wake of a changing climate, and, equally important, how meaningful changes are enacted by design.

In response, The Design Forum XII two-day conference will present thinkers and practitioners who are committed to solving tomorrow’s most pressing challenges. Lead by a dynamic moderator, Z Smith of Eskew Dumez Ripple, presentations from OMA, Playlab, and Kieran Timberlake, among others, will explore the intersection of design and transformation. These speakers offer a shift in thinking about how we work, what we build, how we affect change.

The venue in Norfolk, The Slover Library, is an absolute jewel of a building designed by the partnership of Newman Architects and Tymoff and Moss Architects,  and will offer an intimate and, no doubt, inspiring setting.

Save April 1-2, 2016 for this transformational event.
Watch for more information and registration early in 2016!

News Makers Speak at Design Forum

This year’s Virginia Design Forum speakers are making news! On March 11, The World Economic Forum named Ma Yansong, the founder of MAD Architects, a Young Global Leader for the year of 2014. Then, on March 28, Fast Company named Gluck+ among the world’s top 10 most innovative companies in architecture. Right on the heels of that announcement, Architect Magazine profiled BIG’s work on the Kimball Art Center.

The 2014 VSAIA Design Forum on Saturday, April 11 will feature presentations by:

Jeff Kovel, AIA, designer of the Twilight Movies’ Cullen House

[adrotate banner=”54″]Peter Gluck, GLUCK+, whose architect-led design-build Stack Apartments (a seven story infill in upper Manhattan) went up in four weeks

Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA, the worldwide business manager of BIG and managing principal of the firm’s New York City office

Ma Yansong, whose Absolute Towers built in Toronto represents the first major building competition outside of China won by a Chinese architect, and whose first anthology, MA YANSONG: From (Global) Modernity to (Local) Tradition, has just been published

Did you know:

  • The VSAIA Design Forum is one of the least expensive live events at which to earn health, education, and welfare AIA learning units?
  • The VSAIA Design Forum is the largest gathering of architects and related professionals devoted exclusively to design theory?
  • The 2014 VSAIA Design Forum is in Charlottesville, beginning immediately after the University of Virginia Founder’s Day Observances (which includes a 3:30 talk, free and open to the public by this year’s Thomas Jefferson Medal Recipient Toyo Ito, Hon. FAIA)?
  • The 2014 VSAIA Design Forum also runs concurrently with the Tom Tom Founder’s Festival, a three day series of educational seminars and festive events for the whole family focused on residential design and construction? (Only two years old, last year’s TTFF drew 17,000 people.)
  • The 2014 VSAIA Design Forum will feature opening presentations by national AIA EVP/CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA, and Terence Riley, AIA, the Philip Johnson Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA from 1991-2006?

Time is running out to reserve your tickets. Register online today>>

Just one caveat, though. Hotel space in Charlottesville that weekend is at a premium. Get on your favorite travel accommodations website now to find a room.

The Design Forum is sponsored by:

Corporate          

Clark Nexsen

Benefactor        

HITT Contracting

College of William and Mary

Patron                 

Clark Construction Group, LLC.

EvensonBest

Forest City

Reed Construction Data

SHW Group

University of Virginia School of Architecture

Sustaining         

Va. Tech School of Architecture + Design

BCWH

Supporter          

2rw Consultants, Inc.

AIA Northern Virginia

Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company

KBS, Inc.

L. F. Jennings, Inc.

Mark S. Orling, AIA

Edwin J. Pease, AIA

Reader & Swartz Architects

Riverside Brick & Supply

RMF Engineering

The Shockey Companies

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

Other

Baskervill

Hayes + Ewing Design Studio

MoMA Curator to Speak at Design Forum

Photo courtesy of Architect Magazine.
Photo courtesy of Architect Magazine.

The Virginia Design Forum has gotten even more compelling with the confirmation of Terence Riley, AIA, as the opening night keynote speaker. He has been at the center of critical thinking in architecture from the very beginning of his career and will offer his insight into Dwelling: The Art of Living in Century XXI. The Forum will be held in Charlottesville on April 11-12, interwoven with the UVA Founder’s Day and the Tom Tom Founder’s Festival events.

Renowned for his museum curatorial work yet, by his own description, primarily an architect, Terence Riley, AIA, co-founded Keenen/Riley in 1984. The K/R architectural studio is widely recognized for its designs for art museums, galleries, artists, and collectors. An acclaimed author and contributor to journals and other publications on design, he lectures frequently and has taught at the Harvard GSD, among many other schools of design.

Riley served from 1991 to 2006 as the Philip Johnson Chief Curator for Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) where he curated critical exhibitions on both historical figures—Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies van der Rohe—and contemporary architects—Rem Koolhaas, Jacques Herzog and Pierre DeMeuron, and Bernard Tschumi. From 2006 until 2010, he was director and design consultant for the Miami Art Museum (MAM), leading the institution through its transformative process of planning and designing its new waterfront facility.

Riley has advised a number of important cultural institutions in their strategic planning—in addition to his roles at MoMA and MAM—including the Reina Sofia National Museum in Madrid and the Museum of Latin American Art in Buenos Aires. K/R has provided master planning and programming for the Museum of Art, Design, and the Environment (Murcia, Spain), the Hangzhou Urban Cultural Center (Hangzhou, China), and the Oficina Francisco Brennand (Recife, Brazil). He was the Chief Curator of the 2011 Shenzhen-Hong Kong Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture.

Riley currently serves on the editorial board for the Architect’s Newspaper and is a past Van Alen Institute trustee.

On Saturday, the program features presentations by Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA, principal, BIG, with offices in Copenhagen and New York City; Peter Gluck, principal of the New York City design-build firm GLUCK+; Jeff Kovel, founder of Skylab, Portland, Ore.; and Ma Yansong founder of MAD Architects. Each of these firms is known for outstanding residential architecture as well as a focus on community and environmental health and well-being. Register >>

Please help us thank our sponsors for their generous support of the Virginia Design Forum:

Corporate          

Clark Nexsen

Benefactor        

HITT Contracting

College of William and Mary

Patron                 

Clark Construction Group, LLC.

EvensonBest

Forest City

Reed Construction Data

SHW Group

University of Virginia School of Architecture

Sustaining         

Va. Tech School of Architecture + Design

BCWH

Supporter          

2rw Consultants, Inc.

AIA Northern Virginia

Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company

KBS, Inc.

L. F. Jennings, Inc.

Mark S. Orling, AIA

Edwin J. Pease, AIA

Reader & Swartz Architects

Riverside Brick & Supply

The Shockey Companies

Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc.

Save the Date: Virginia Design Forum

Save the Date, April 11-12, for the VSAIA Design Forum

“Dwelling—The Art of Living in Century XXI”

In his keynote presentation at the 2013 ArchEx, architect, educator, and architectural critic Bernard Tschumi, FAIA, expressed his opinion that there is no over-arching architectural style at the moment, save for what he calls Iconism (aka, in some camps, the Guggenheim Effect), but …

Four wildly successful architects will gather in Charlottesville April 11-12, 2014, to put forth their own work as evidence that there is indeed a new set of principles that inspire the most-noticed architects in the world today. These are principles that foster aesthetic originality and client-centric problem-solving approaches; principles that address the challenges and opportunities that face every urban planner, architect, landscape architect, and constructor currently in practice. How do you plan, design, and build today for the lifestyles, technologies, and natural and anthropogenic uncertainties of tomorrow? This current architectural “style of the present for the future” is contextual, sensitive to the needs of all people, and predicated on the co-existing goals of restoring both environmental and economic vitality.

The Friday evening Keynote Presentation by Ma Yansong, founder of mad architecture, will kick off with a topic and speaker introduction by national AIA EVP/CEO Robert Ivy, FAIA.

The program all day Saturday, April 12, includes presentations by Kai-Uwe Bergmann, AIA, principal, BIG, with offices in Copenhagen and New York City; Peter Gluck, principal of the New York City design-build firm Gluck+; Jeff Kovel, founder of Skylab, Portland, Ore.; and Ma Yansong. Each of these firms is known for outstanding residential architecture as well as a focus on community and environmental health and well-being.

Come to Charlottesville in the spring, immediately following the University of Virginia Founder’s Day observances and just before Thomas Jefferson’s 271st birthday and Architecture Week to enjoy remembrances of the past and explore the dawning of a new future in Dwelling. Register here>>

The Virginia Design Forum is sponsored by:

Corporate          

Clark Nexsen

Benefactor        

HITT Contracting

College of William and Mary

Patron                 

Clark Construction Group, LLC.

EvensonBest

Forest City

Reed Construction Data

SHW Group

University of Virginia School of Architecture

Sustaining         

Va. Tech School of Architecture + Design

BCWH

Supporter          

2rw Consultants, Inc.

AIA Northern Virginia

Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company

KBS, Inc.

Mark S. Orling, AIA

Edwin J. Pease, AIA

Reader & Swartz Architects

Riverside Brick & Supply

Design Forum Focuses on Façade Innovation

Jovanovic Residence, LOHA. Photo by  Michael Weschler
Jovanovic Residence, LOHA. Photo by Michael Weschler

Recently, Inform Magazine had the opportunity to interview speakers from the Virginia Design Forum X about their work and their philosophies. The bi-annual event organized by the Virginia Committee on Design will take place on March 16-17, 2012, at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Keynote speaker, Kim Herforth Nielsen, MAA, RIBA, of 3XN in Copenhagen discusses how architecture shapes behavior.

Panelist Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA, of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, in Los Angeles, talks about ROI on high-design façades. Marc Simmons, of Front Inc., in New York City chats about client values and Lisa Iwamoto of IwamotoScott Architecture, in San Francisco discusses innovations in envelope systems.

Registration is still open for the Virginia Design Forum. More>>

Design Forum Speakers Announced

1140 Formosa Ave. Lorcan O' Herlihy Architects.
1140 Formosa Ave. Lorcan O’ Herlihy Architects. Photo by Lawrence Anderson.

It is often said that beauty is only skin deep, and yet striking — sometimes astonishing —  façades are quickly becoming a device to charm developers, funders, and the public alike. Clients are beginning to understand what architects have long known: innovative building skins can be used to woo investors and buyers for commercial projects as well as funders for museums and universities. Because apparently impossible structures jar us out of our everyday pursuits and force us to contemplate the built-environment, unusual façades generate a tremendous amount public interest in contemporary architecture as well. But more than just a potential selling point, building skins are evolving as new computer technologies, new materials and new societal behaviors are changing the perception of architecture.  As architecture is functioning more as a synthetic organism working within its surrounding ecosystem, more literal comparisons are being made between biological skins and built skins, and thus the topic for the tenth bi-annual Virginia Design Forum was born.

The Virginia Society AIA has assembled some of the world’s most acknowledged experts on building skins to speak at the upcoming tenth Virginia Design Forum: SKINS in Charlottesville on March 16 and 17, 2012. Registration is open.

About the speakers:

Keynote Speaker

3XN's Bella Sky Hotel. Image courtesy of 3XN.
3XN’s Bella Sky Hotel. Image courtesy of 3XN.

Kim Herforth Nielsen, MAA, RIBA of 3XN, Copenhagen

Kim Herforth Nielsen is founder and principal of 3XN. He graduated from the Aarhus School of Architecture in 1981 and was one of three founders of 3XN in 1986 (all with the surname Nielsen). He has been involved in all the practice’s major projects, including The Blue Planet, Kubus in Berlin, Museum of Liverpool, Ørestad College, Muziekgebouw Concert Hall in Amsterdam, the Danish Embassy in Berlin, and the Architects’ House in Copenhagen. Often called upon as a jury member in international architectural competitions, and as lecturer at art academies and universities around the world, Nielsen is also a Knight of Dannebrog and has received Denmark’s highest architectural honor, the C.F. Hansen Medaille.

 

 

LOHA's Habitat 825. Photo by Lawrence Anderson.
LOHA’s Habitat 825. Photo by Lawrence Anderson.

Lorcan O’Herlihy, FAIA, of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects, Los Angeles

Since LOHA’s inception in 1990, founder and principal Lorcan O’Herlihy has sought opportunities to engage the operative layers of the urban landscape with respect to spatial, sensory, and experiential information. In 2004, the Architectural League of New York selected O’Herlihy as one of eight Emerging Voices.  His firm has garnered 42 national and international awards including 17 AIA Design Awards. He has taught and lectured extensively over the last decade, including the Architectural Association in London, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), Cranbrook Academy of Art, Michigan, Columbia University, New York, and the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., among others. Previously, Lorcan worked at Kevin Roche/John Dinkeloo & Assoc. on the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at I.M. Pei and Partners on the celebrated Grande Louvre Museum in Paris, and as an associate at Steven Holl Architects, where he was responsible for several project, including the award-winning Hybrid Building in Seaside, Fla., which received a National Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.

 

Marc Simmons, Front Inc., New York City

Marc Simmons, a founder of the New York-based façade-engineering and-design consultancy firm Front Inc., is a faculty member at the Princeton University School of Architecture and holds both a bachelor of environmental studies and professional BArch degrees from the University of Waterloo, Canada. His specialist façade knowledge and experience in custom curtainwall and hybrid cladding system design is built upon previous work at Foster and Partners, Meinhardt Façade Technology, and the structural glass and façade consulting group at Dewhurst Macfarlane & Partners in New York.

Voussoir Cloud by IwamotoScott with Buro Happold
Voussoir Cloud by IwamotoScott with Buro Happold. Image courtesy IwamotoScott.

Lisa Iwamoto of IwamotoScott Architecture, San Francisco

Lisa Iwamoto received her MArch from Harvard University, and a BS in Structural Engineering from the University of Colorado. She has worked as a Structural Engineer at Bechtel Corporation, and Architectural Designer at Schwartz Silver Architects, Thompson and Rose, and Architectural Intern at Morphosis. She previously taught at the University of Michigan where she was a Muschenheim Fellow, and Harvard University. Currently she is an Assistant Professor at University of California Berkeley where her design research concentrates on the perceptual performance of material and digital fabrication techniques.

 

The Virginia Design Forum X is sponsored by:

Special thanks to our sponsors

Benefactor Sponsors 

Clark Nexsen

College of William and Mary

HITT Contracting, Inc.

Mathers Construction Team

Potomac Energy Group, Inc.

US Smoke & Fire

 

Patron Sponsors 

Perkins Eastman

EvensonBest LLC

 

Sustaining Sponsors 

Hanbury, Evans, Wright Vlattas + Company

University of Virginia School of Architecture

School of Architecture + Design, Virginia Tech

 

Supporting Sponsors

AIA Northern Virginia

Alliance Lighting

Atlas Carpet Mills

BCWH Architecture Interiors Planning

Bonstra | Haresign ARCHITECTS

Forrester Construction Company

Green Roofs of VA/McNeil Roofing, Inc.

Pinnacle Architectural Lighting/Ambiance Lighting

Pyrok, Inc.

Seaman Corporation’s FiberTite Roofing Systems

The Snead Co.

Steel Windows and Doors

VMDO Architects

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.