Fall 2015 Public Lecture Series

Guy Nordenson and Associates, Corning Museum of Glass Contemporary Art + Design, Corning NY. Photo by Iwan Baan.

Posted by Liam Otten August 31, 2015


Since beginning his career as a draftsman in the studio shared by R. Buckminster Fuller and Isamu Noguchi, Guy Nordenson has emerged as one of the world's leading structural engineers, with projects ranging from the Museum of Modern Art expansion in New York to the Jubilee Church in Rome and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City.

At 6:30p Monday, September 14, Nordenson, a professor of architecture and engineering at Princeton University and founding partner of Guy Nordenson and Associates in New York, will deliver the annual Harris Armstrong Fund Lecture for the Sam Fox School.

The talk, titled Reading Structures, will launch the School's fall Public Lecture Series. In all, the series will feature presentations by 10 nationally and internationally known artists, architects, curators, and designers.

Nordenson, a co-founder of the Structural Engineers Association of New York, has been active in research relating to earthquake engineering, climate adaptation and flood hazards mitigation, among other topics. He initiated and led development of the New York City Seismic Code from 1984 until its enactment in 1995. In 2013, his research team at Princeton was awarded a major grant by the Rockefeller Foundation to develop Structures of Coastal Resilience with partners including the US Army Corps of Engineers.

The Public Lecture Series will continue September 28 with designer Natasha Jen, recently named one of Wired magazine's nine "designers who matter."

Other speakers will include Heinrich Wolff, principal of Wolff Architects (October 2); Orly Genger, the Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist (October 19); and Thomas W. Gaehtgens, director of the Getty Research Center in Los Angeles (October 21), who will discuss the exhibition World War I: War of Images, Images of War, on view at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum through January 4, 2016.

All events are free and open to the public and begin at 6:30p in Steinberg Hall Auditorium, unless otherwise noted. Each will be preceded by a reception at 6p.

Fall 2015 speakers

Monday, September 14
Guy Nordenson
Founding partner, Guy Nordenson and Associates; professor of architecture and engineering, Princeton University

Harris Armstrong Fund Lecture

Monday, September 28
Natasha Jen
Designer and partner, Pentagram
Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist Lecture

Wednesday, September 30
Carlos Ott
Founding principal, Carlos Ott Architect
Fumihiko Maki Lecture

Friday, October 2
Heinrich Wolff
Principal, Wolff Architects
Informal Cities Workshop Lecture

Wednesday, October 14
Florian Idenburg
Principal, SO-IL; associate professor of practice, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Abend Family Lecture

Monday, October 19
Orly Genger
Arthur L. and Sheila Prensky Island Press Visiting Artist Lecture

Wednesday, October 21
Thomas W. Gaehtgens
Director, Getty Research Institute
In conjunction with World War I: War of Images, Images of War
*Reception at 6p, Kemper Art Museum

Monday, October 26
Michael Taylor
Chief Curator & Deputy Director for Art and Education, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

*Reception at 6p, Kemper Art Museum

Monday, November 2
Joanne Kohn
Chairman Emeritus, Frank Lloyd Wright House in Ebsworth Park

Eugene J. Mackey Jr. Lecture

Monday, November 9
Brett Milligan
Assistant professor of landscape architecture, University of California, Davis