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Dean’s Lecture Series: Jacques Herzog

Jacques Herzog will deliver the 2016 MCHAP Lecture on Mon., Mar. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in S. R. Crown Hall. 

Herzog & de Meuron is the architecture firm behind 1111 Lincoln Road in Miami Beach, Florida, USA, a mixed-use parking structure which in October 2014 won the inaugural Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP2009-2013) given biennially to the best built work in the Americas. The MCHAP Lecture is supported by Kohler Co. While this is not a ticketed event, your RSVP is appreciated to gauge audience size.

Iberê Camargo Foundation in Porto Alegre, Brazil, designed by Álvaro Siza was announced as the winner of the MCHAP2000-2008 at the October 2014 benefit award dinner honoring the seven finalists held at S. R. Crown Hall. The authors of the two winning projects were recognized with the MCHAP Award, the MCHAP Chair at IIT College of Architecture for the following academic year and funding of $50,000 USD, in support of research and a publication related to the theme of ‘Rethinking Metropolis.’

MCHAP was created as part of Dean Arets’ strategy for the College of Architecture at IIT emphasizing progressive research and a new curriculum. It was announced in NOWNESS March 2013. Nominees for both MCHAP and MCHAP.emerge were chosen by 71 professionally diverse, international ambassadors from throughout the Americas.

MCHAP seeks to assess the state of architecture, created in partnership by architects and clients, that unites the Americas into a single continent of cultural diversity and richness. MCHAP also seeks to show students how built works – public or private, cultural or commercial – reinforce the public dimension of urban space and contribute at an infrastructural level.

In 2001, Herzog was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize together with Pierre de Meuron, with whom he established Herzog & de Meuron in Basel, Switzerland, in 1978. Both Herzog and de Meuron attended the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich, and both are Visiting Professors at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and Professors at ETH Zürich. They are perhaps best known for their conversion of the giant Bankside Power Station in London to the new home of the Tate Modern (2000). Herzog & de Meuron received early international attention for the Blue House in Oberwil, Switzerland (1980); the Stone House in Tavole, Italy (1988); and the Apartment Building along a Party Wall in Basel (1988). The firm’s breakthrough project was the Ricola Storage Building in Laufen, Switzerland (1987). Renown in the United States came with Dominus Estate in Yountville, California (1998). The Goetz Collection in Munich (1992) stands at the beginning of a series of internationally acclaimed museum buildings that include the Küppersmühle Museum for the Grothe Collection in Duisburg, Germany (1999).

MCHAP is supported in part by the Mies Society, a membership organization devoted to preserving the legacy of architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. While this is not a ticketed event, your RSVP is appreciated to gauge audience size.


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