AIA Gold Medal winner Peter Bohlin to present Herbert Lecture at ISU College of Design Oct. 19|
AMES, Iowa — Peter Q. Bohlin, FAIA, winner of the American Institute of Architects' highest individual honor, will present the 2011 Charles E. "Chick" Herbert Lecture Wednesday, Oct. 19, at Iowa State University.
Bohlin's presentation, "Soft Modernism: The Nature of Circumstance," will be at 5:30 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, 101 College of Design. The event is free and open to the public.
Bohlin is the founding principal of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, winner of the 1994 American Institute of Architects (AIA) Architecture Firm Award—the AIA's highest award recognizing an architectural practice. With offices in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Seattle and San Francisco, the firm is known for emphasizing a strong relationship between buildings and their physical surroundings. Its civic, university, corporate and residential projects span the globe. Bohlin Cywinski Jackson has received nine national AIA Honor Awards and more than 500 regional, national and international awards.
Using examples of his firm's work from early to current projects, Bohlin will discuss the buildings that resulted from "the nature of circumstance."
"This ranges from the nature of places, both manmade and natural, to the varied nature of humans and their particular activities, to the nature of the means with which we build," Bohlin said. "We are peeling away the layers of our habits and preconceptions. We require open-mindedness, willingness, gentleness—a soft, yet no-holds-barred approach."
A Fellow of the AIA, Bohlin received the 2010 AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor for an individual's contribution to the practice and theory of architecture. He served as chairman of the AIA Committee on Design from 1984 to 1985 and has been a guest design critic and visiting professor at a number of leading schools of architecture in the U.S. and abroad. He frequently serves as a juror for national, regional and state competitions.
Bohlin holds a Bachelor of Architecture and an honorary Doctorate of Arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.Y.; a Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and an honorary Doctorate of Arts from Marywood University, Scranton, Pa. He is a Senior Fellow of the Design Futures Council.
The Charles E. "Chick" Herbert Lecture was established in 2010 in memory of 1951 Iowa State architectural engineering alumnus Chick Herbert, FAIA, the founding principal of Herbert Lewis Kruse Blunck Architecture (HLKB) in Des Moines and recipient of the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor given to Iowa State alumni by the ISU Alumni Association. It is part of the ISU Architecture Advisory Council Lecture Series.
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