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Fulbright Advanced Research Fellow Peter Stec to speak at ISU March 23

March 12, 2015



AMES, Iowa — Peter Stec, a Fulbright Advanced Research Fellow and guest professor at the Rice University School of Architecture, will speak about "pattern-seeing" in urban development as part of the Architecture Advisory Council Lecture Series at Iowa State University.

Stec will present "Proto-urban Formations" at 4 p.m. Monday, March 23, in room 127 Curtiss Hall. The talk is free and open to the public.

In this lecture Stec will look at urban patterns as opposed to static forms, in the tradition of "pattern-seeing" presented at the interface of art and science by Gyorgy Kepes and developed in subsequent process-based architectural projects. He will share models of urban development that are sensitive to time and "extract from them ideas for productive 'dynamic urbanisms,'" he said.

The presentation will include analyses of existing urban conditions, examples of relevant temporal models and applications of specific concepts to projects his design firms have completed as competition entries, commissioned projects or both.

Stec is a registered architect in Slovakia and has worked for a variety of architecture firms, including Herzog & de Meuron, Office of Metropolitan Architecture, Diller Scofidio, Coop Himmelblau, Asymptote Architecture and Eisenman Architects. He has served as chair of the architecture department at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, Bratislava, Slovakia, and has taught as a visiting assistant professor at the University of Buffalo-State University of New York.

Stec holds a diploma from the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and a master of architecture degree from Princeton University.

Stec's visit is cosponsored by the Fulbright Outreach Lecturing Fund, the ISU Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost and the ISU Department of Architecture.

James Spiller, Architecture Lectures Committee, (515) 294-3543,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,