Dallas Architecture Forum announces new season, opens Oct. 1

Dallas Architecture Forum announces new season, opens Oct. 1

The Dallas Architecture Forum is pleased to announce its 14th season.  One film, six lectures plus three special lectures in collaboration with the opening of the Dallas Center for Performing Arts, two symposia, its 365 Modern Home Reception series, an engaging Panel Series focused on issues impacting Dallas, and special members’ only events will make up the season.

The first event of the season is a screening of Visual Acoustics, a film about the world’s greatest architectural photographer, Julius Shulman, on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theatre, 3699 McKinney Ave. in Uptown Dallas.  Director Eric Bricker will be in attendance. Single tickets, available at the door only, are $20 for general admission and $5 for students with I.D. Dallas Architecture Forum members are admitted for free. The reception begins at 6:15 p.m.  For more information, call 214-764-2406 or visit www.dallasarchitectureforum.org. Images are available upon request via Lisa Taylor at Taylor-Made Press, 214-914-1099 or lisatmp@swbell.net

Visual Acoustics explores the monumental career of the late architectural photographer, Julius Shulman, who passed away on July 15th, 2009. Populating his photos with human models and striking landscapes, Shulman combined the organic with the synthetic, melding nature with revolutionary urban design. The resulting images helped shape the careers of some of the greatest architects of the 20th Century, including Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler, Pierre Koenig, John Lautner and many others.

Taking aesthetic cues from Shulman’s own sensual and nuanced photography, the film’s narrative is built from a blend of Shulman’s own images and in-depth interviews with architect Frank Gehry, designer Tom Ford, artist Ed Ruscha, actress Kelly Lynch, writer Mitch Glazer, publisher Benedikt Taschen, Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Dante Spinotti and a host of others. By offering unprecedented and exclusive access to his amazing photographic archive and day-to-day life, Shulman's dedicated involvement in the filming process was an incalculable benefit to the film.

Shulman’s career began in 1936 when he began photographing homes designed by the architect Richard Neutra. Shulman was subsequently flooded with commissions from other well-known architects including Frank Lloyd Wright and Mies Van der Rohe. Over the coming years, Shulman became one of the artists responsible for establishing the cohesive “look” of 20th-century Modernist design. See www.juliusshulmanfilm.com for more information.



Partner OMA

Thursday, 4 pm

15 October 2009

Dee and Charles Wyly Theater

Presented by Dallas Center for Performing Arts in association with Dallas Architecture Forum and Nasher Sculpture Center

Rem Koolhaas founded the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. He graduated from the Architectural Association in London and in 1978 published Delirious New York, a Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. In 1995, his book S,M,L,XL summarized the work of OMA and established connections between contemporary society and architecture. He heads the work of both OMA and AMO, the conceptual branch of OMA focused on social, economical and technological developments and exploring territories beyond architectural and urban concerns. Rem Koolhaas is a professor at Harvard University where he conducts the Project on the City. The work of Rem Koolhaas and OMA has won several international awards including the Pritzker Architecture Prize (2000); the Praemium Imperiale (Japan, 2003); the RIBA Gold Medal (UK, 2004) and the Mies van der Rohe, the European Union Prize for Contemporary Archiecture (2005).




Chairman, Foster + Partners

Friday, 10:30 am

16 October 2009

Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House

Presented by Dallas Center for Performing Arts in association with Dallas Architecture Forum and Nasher Sculpture Center

Founded by Norman Foster, Foster + Partners, an international practice with project offices in more than 20 countries, has received 560 awards and citations for architectural excellence and has won more than 70 international and national competitions. Lord Foster has been the recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize (1999), the Praemium Imperiale Award for Architecture (2002) the American Institute of Architects Gold Medal for Architecture (1991) and the Royal Institute of British Architects Royal Gold Medal (1983), among many other honors. In 1990 he was granted a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and in 1999 was honored with a Life Peerage, becoming Lord Foster of Thames Bank.




Principal in Charge, REX

Friday, 2 pm

16 October 2009

Dee and Charles Wyly Theater


Special Lecture presented by Dallas Center for Performing Arts in association with Dallas Architecture Forum and Nasher Sculpture Center

Joshua Prince-Ramus, one of the designers of the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, will discuss the Wyly Theatre and his other projects.  Ramus served as Partner in Charge of the OMA New York office, and during this time was a leader in the design of the Seattle Central Library, the Guggenheim-Hermitage Museum, as well as the Wyly Theatre.  In 2006 the New York office of OMA was redefined as REX.  Other cultural projects by REX include the 62 story Museum Plaza in Louisville, the Oslo City Library and numerous other public and private projects around the world.  Prince-Ramus has been named as one of the “Twenty Essential Architects” by ICON, is a member of the TED Brain Trust, and was the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture.  



Jeanne GANG

Architect, Studio Gang

Ken Roberts Memorial Delineation Competition Lecture

Thursday, 7 pm

19 November 2009

Magnolia Theatre, West Village

Jeanne Gang is principal and founder of Studio Gang Architects, a 36-person architecture firm in Chicago, USA that has been recognized for its innovation and leadership in design. Gang’s work represents a diverse range of building typologies, from large-scale undertakings such as the 82-story Aqua Tower in downtown Chicago, which reconsiders the tall building as a site-specific structure, to the SOS Community Center on Chicago’s South Side, which visibly engages with the distinct material properties of concrete. In all of her projects, Gang explores new creative territory in materials, technology, and sustainability, and her work with Studio Gang has received national and international awards and recognition.




Executive Director, Philip Johnson’s “Glass House”

Thursday, 7 pm

10 December 2009

Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art

Maclear was brought to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to develop the strategy, assemble a team and prepare the Philip Johnson Glass House and Visitor Center to open to the public. With just nine months leadtime, she successfully launched the site in June 2007 with three sold out seasons. With the goal to "reshape the historic house museum model", Maclear has structured a "center for Modernism" to co-lead the National Trust's investment in Modernist preservation, managed the NTHP board approval to purchase adjacent properties to preserve the Glass House view in perpetuity and developed the "conversations" series to continue the legacy of new ideas through diverse leaders on-site. 



Gordon  GILL?

Architect, Smith Gill Architects?

Thursday, 7 pm?

21 January 2010?

Magnolia Theatre, West Village?

Gordon Gill has designed award-winning architecture across the globe.  His work emphasizes a holistic approach to design that integrates all project disciplines.  The results are performance based designs that work symbiotically with their natural surroundings, that contribute to the sustainability of cities, and that augment the built landscape creating an optimal user experience.  Among the firm’s many innovative large scale projects are the world’s first net zero-energy skyscraper as well as the first large-scale positive energy building. Gill has received numerous awards including recognition from the AIA and Architectural Record, and has written on the benefits of dense, sustainable communities.  ?www.smithgill.com?



Architect, Marble Fairbanks

Thursday, 7 pm

4 February 2010

Magnolia Theatre, West Village

Scott Marble is a founding partner of Marble Fairbanks and a faculty member at the Co­lumbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation (GSAPP). His early engagement with digital technologies at Columbia University, teaching one of the first “paperless” design studios, has allowed Marble Fairbanks to pioneer innovative uses of digital fabrication and unique assemblies in their built work. Scott is a frequent lecturer in the areas of digital technologies and building information modeling (BIM). Scott received his Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University where he received the AIA Award and a William Kinne Traveling Fellowship and his Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from Texas A&M University. In 2008 Marble Fairbanks was commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art in New York to design a speculative project addressing the potentials of digital design and fabrication for the exhibition Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling.




Founder, Rafael Vinoly Architects?

Thursday, 7 pm?

25 March 2010?

Horchow Auditorium, DMA?

Rafael Vinoly, FAIA, is a leading architect with a large body of award winning projects ranging in scale from residential to large cultural, educational and commercial projects.  Born in Uruguay, Vinoly began his New York based practice in 1978 and maintains multiple offices in both the USA and Great Britain. Among some of his best known projects are the Tokyo International Forum, which is the most important cultural complex in Japan; the Kimmel Symphony Center in Philadelphia; the Samsung Tower in Seoul; Jazz at Lincoln Center; the Brooklyn Children’s Museum; and the Boston Convention Center.   His museum projects include an expansion of the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Nasher Museum at Duke University. Vinoly’s work has been widely recognized and honored, and in addition to being a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects he is also an International Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.     




Landscape Architect, JJR Landscape Architects

Thursday, 7 pm

8 April 2010

Venue TBA

Deb Mitchell is a Senior Vice President of the multi-disciplinary landscape architecture, planning, urban design, civil engineering and environmental science firm of JJR.  Mitchell serves JJR’s Board of Directors and is the corporate Director of Design.  With over 30 years experience in the planning and design of vital cities and communities, she understands urban complexities and public process.  Based in Chicago, Mitchell has been responsible for the award winning planning for Chicago’s Near North Redevelopment for the Office of the Mayor, the plaza of the Morphosis-designed San Francisco Federal Building, the implementation of the National Garden at the U.S. Botanic Garden, and the new Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.



This mix of interests and ties is one of the strengths we bring to our involvement with architecture. Support for the Forum's programs is a grassroots effort, coming from membership subscriptions at all levels and from the generous sponsorship of Forum seasons and events. Visit dallasarchitectureforum.org or call 214-764-2406.