Botswana Innovation Hub, Gaborone, Botswana, Africa. Image courtesy of SHoP Architects.

Coral Courts Lecture: Gregg Pasquarelli

November 21, 2011
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

Gregg Pasquarelli, AIA, will deliver the Coral Courts Lecture as part of the Sam Fox School Public Lecture Series. Pasquarelli co-founded SHoP Architects in 1996. Located in Lower Manhattan, this think tank has pushed the designer's realm past form making and into software design, real estate development, construction, and the co-development of new sustainable technologies. As both practitioners and educators, the firm members' commitment to challenging the entire process of building has made a convincing argument to a generation of architects that beauty and technological proficiency are not mutually exclusive. Their current work includes the Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn; a two-mile esplanade and park along the East River Waterfront; the Innovation Hub Government Complex in Botswana, Africa; the South Street Seaport Redevelopment in New York; and projects for Google in Mountain View, CA.

SHoP received the 2009 National Design Award in Architecture Design from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum; the Emerging Voices award in 2001 from the Architectural League of New York; the Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2001; as well as multiple Progressive Architecture and AIA awards and citations. The November 2002 issue of the journal AD: Architecture and Design titled "Versioning: Evolutionary Techniques in Architecture" was guest edited by SHoP, and their forthcoming book titled Out of Practice will be published by Monacelli Press in 2011.

Pasquarelli has lectured, exhibited, and been published internationally. At Yale University, he has held namped appointments as the Davenport Professor of Architecture (2009), the Saarinen Professor of Architecture (2006), and the Louis Kahn Professor of Architecture (2004). He served as the Shure Professor of Architecture at The University of Virginia in 2003 and was an adjunct assistant professor of architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation from 1996-2003. Pasquarelli serves on the Board of Directors for the Architectural League of New York and is a Young Leader's Fellow of the National Committee on United States-China Relations. He is a registered architect in the State of New York.

Pasquarelli earned a Bachelor of Science from the School of Business at Villanova University in 1987, and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, where he graduated with Honors for Excellence in Design, in 1994.

Coral Courts Lecture

The Coral Courts Lecture highlights outstanding architecture practitioners from across the United States and abroad. The lecture is named in honor of the Coral Courts Motel, a now-demolished Streamlined Moderne motor court formerly located in St. Louis along Route 66. Past Coral Courts Lecturers have included Ricardo Legoretta, Rafael Vitoly, Marlon Blackwell, Rick Joy, Billie Tsien, Julie Snow, Carlos Jimenez, Wendell Burnette, J. Meejin Yoon, Jeanne Gang, and Francis Kéré.