The Design Forum: In Praise of Shadows has been rescheduled as a virtual event on Thursday, Nov. 5. Delivered under the umbrella of our month-long, online program Foresight 2020, the packed, one-day program will feature engaging talks by Steven Holl, Herve Descottes, Kirsten Murray, and David Lewis.
Through a series of conversations, the Design Forum showcases the work of talented individuals whose shared craft extends beyond the calculated and strictly quantitative into more holistic practice — whose leading-edge preoccupation with light and shadow extends the diversity of approaches to how designers seek beauty through form, space, and materiality.
Registration for Foresight 2020 will open in August. Virtual attendees can purchase a ticket to attend the Design Forum, Architecture Exchange East, Visions for Architecture, or an all-access pass to each of the Foresight 2020 programs.
Current Design Forum ticket holders have the option to transition their tickets to an all-access pass or obtain a refund for the difference.
A tremendous thanks to our sponsors. Without their support, this event wouldn’t be possible.
School of Architecture + Design at Virginia Tech
UVA School of Architecture
William & Mary, Art & Art History
American Hydrotech, Inc.
Ascent Engineering Group, Inc.
Glo Windows and Doors
Reader & Swartz Architects
AIA Northern Virginia
Dunbar Milby Williams Pittman & Vaughan
Gulf Seaboard General Contractors, Inc.
Pella Windows of Virginia
Sustainable Design Consulting, LLC
About the Speakers
These thought leaders come from diverse cultural and professional contexts, yet their work shares the power and nuance of how architects and allied professionals shape form through light. Through engaging the continuum of dim to bright, these designers shape our experience.
Steven Holl, FAIA (Steven Holl Architects | New York, NY)
Steven Holl is widely recognized for his ability to blend space and light with great contextual sensitivity and to utilize the unique qualities of each project to create a concept-driven design. He specializes in seamlessly integrating new projects into contexts with particular cultural and historic importance.
Kirsten Murray, FAIA (Olson Kundig | Seattle, WA)
Throughout her 30-year tenure at Olson Kundig, Kirsten Murray has created buildings and spaces that strengthen and enrich communities. Long inspired by Scandinavian modernist traditions, her architecture emphasizes warmth, natural materiality, tactility and refinement. By translating the innate conditions of a site—its nature, culture, topography and history—into built form, Murray’s designs create new interpretations of place that remain relevant over time.
Herve Descottes (L’Observitoire International, New York, NY)
In 1993, Hervé Descottes co-founded the lighting design firm L’Observatoire International in New York City after eight years of design practice in Paris, France. Descottes creates the lighting concepts for all projects designed by L’Observatoire, and oversees project development through project completion. He has been recognized numerous times by the lighting design and architectural community.
David J. Lewis, AIA (LTL Architects, New York, NY)
David Lewis is founding principal of LTL Architects, a design intensive architecture firm founded in 1997 with Paul Lewis and Marc Tsurumaki, located in New York City. LTL Architects develops solutions that work within project constraints to inform the design trajectory, exploring opportunistic overlaps between space, program, form, budget, and materials.