By Christopher Farrell
New York’s month long architecture fest – the aptly named Archtober – is well underway again. As in previous years, this year’s schedule includes a host of architect lectures and discussions that provide unparalleled insight into the ideas and approaches of the field’s leading minds. Here’s our picks for three brilliant speakers from this year’s programming that you should be sure to check out in the coming weeks.
David Chipperfield AIA Lecture
Monday, October 17, 6:00-8:00PM
AIANY Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012
The work of British-born architect David Chipperfield and his firm spans the globe – the firm has four offices managing current projects in New York, Stockholm, London, and Seoul – and encompasses a wide range of different building types. The firm has gained significant praise and renown for museum and art institution projects, including the stunningly geometric Museo Jumex in Mexico City and the reconstruction of the Neues Museum in Berlin, which brilliantly combines old and new structures. David Chipperfield will deliver the 10th annual Arthur Rosenblatt Memorial Lecture at the AIA’s Andrew Berman designed Center for Architecture space. He will discuss the firms many museum projects, addressing his approach and the challenges at hand, including the changing role of the museum.
Museo Jumex, Mexico City
Deborah Berke Lecture
Wednesday, October 19, 6:30 PM
170 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Deborah Berke will speak at the New York School of Interior Design on her work and her role in the design world. Berke is the dean of the Yale School of Architecture and the founder of the eminent architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners. Berke and her firm have completed many significant projects including the 21c Museum Hotels, the interiors of the attention grabbing 432 Park Avenue condominium, and stunning private homes throughout the U.S. She is also the author of a new book, House Rules: An Architect’s Guide to Modern Life, which explores her approach to residential projects and was published by Rizzoli earlier this year.
Interior of 432 Park Avenue, New York, NY
David Adjaye in Conversation with Spencer Bailey
Wednesday, October 19, 7:30 PM
1395 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10128
As Archtober continues to attract a wide range of dynamic and arts oriented institutions to its roster of events, the 92nd Street Y will play host to Tanzania-born architect David Adjaye, who has gained significant attention for his firm’s design of the Smithsonian Museum of African-American History & Culture in Washington DC. Adjaye will discuss the visually complex and historically meaningful project as well as other work his firm has recently completed with Spencer Bailey, Surface magazine’s editor-in-chief.
Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History & Culture