Lecture Series

Lecture Series: Neeraj Bhatia

Neeraj Bhatia is a licensed architect and urban designer from Toronto, Canada. His work resides at the intersection of politics, infrastructure, and urbanism. He is an Assistant Professor at the California College of the Arts where he also co-directs the urbanism research lab, The Urban Works Agency. Prior to CCA, Bhatia held teaching positions at Cornell University, Rice University, and the University of Toronto.

Neeraj is also founder of The Open Workshop, a transcalar design-research office examining the negotiation between architecture and its territorial environment. In 2016, The Open Workshop was awarded the Architectural League Young Architects Prize. Select other distinctions include the Emerging Leaders Award from Design Intelligence, Graham Foundation Grants, The Lawrence B. Anderson Award, Shell Center for Sustainability Grant, Odebrecht first-prize Award for Sustainability, ACSA Faculty Design Award, and the Fulbright Fellowship. He is co-editor of books Bracket [Takes Action], The Petropolis of TomorrowBracket [Goes Soft]Arium: Weather + Architecture, and co-author of Pamphlet Architecture 30: Coupling — Strategies for Infrastructural Opportunism. His articles have appeared in Volume/Archis, Thresholds, Manifest, MONU, Places, Footprint, Domus, Onsite Review, Scenario Journal, PLAT, Avery Review, Field Journal, ARPA, GAM, and Yale Perspecta. He has worked for Eisenman Architects, Coop Himmelblau, Bruce Mau Design, OMA, Lateral Office, and ORG.



Bhatia received his master's degree in architecture and urban design from MIT, where he was studying on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Prior to that, he attended the University of Waterloo, where he earned his Bachelor of Environmental Studies and his Bachelor of Architecture. He is an NCARB-registered licensed architect.

Temple University Libraries Present, Building the 21st Century Library: Stories, Spaces, Function

Temple University Libraries and the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design at the Tyler School of Art present a series of programs exploring the theoretical constructs and material processes behind Temple’s new library building, designed by world-renowned architectural firm, Snøhetta. This structure, set to be completed in the spring of 2019, will be a groundbreaking manifestation of the 21st century library, which catalyzes learning and intellectual engagement; connects people and ideas; and inspires the discovery, creation, preservation, and sharing of knowledge.

Join us for part three of the Building the 21st Century Library series: a panel discussion on the pre-design programming process and the library program for the new central library. The library program both addresses practical questions in terms of users, equipment, accommodation, etc., and the symbolic presence of the library on campus.

The panel will be moderated by graduate students Emily Logan (Fox School of Business’ Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship program) and Arash Jafarian (Tyler School of Art), with the following expert panelists:

Joe Benford, Deputy Director of Customer Engagement, Free Library of Philadelphia

Elliot Felix, Founder, brightspot strategy

Nathan McRae, Project Director, Senior Architect, Snøhetta

Robert Shuman Jr., AIA LEED AP, Associate Professor of Architecture, Temple University

Introduction and concluding remarks provided by Joseph Lucia, dean of Temple University Libraries, and Kate Wingert-Playdon, associate dean of the division of Architecture and Environmental Design and professor of Architecture.

Please kindly RSVP to byndthpg@temple.edu by Monday, April 3.

Doors will open at 5:00 PM and light refreshments will be served.

This program is generously co-sponsored by the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design at the Tyler School of Art, Temple University.

 

Building the 21st Century Library: Stories, Spaces, Functions

Temple University Libraries and the Division of Architecture and Environmental Design at the Tyler School of Art present a series of programs exploring the theoretical constructs and material processes behind Temple’s new library building, designed by world-renowned architectural firm, Snøhetta. This structure, set to open in the fall of 2018, will be a groundbreaking manifestation of the 21st century library, which catalyzes learning and intellectual engagement; connects people and ideas; and inspires the discovery, creation, preservation, and sharing of knowledge. 

Join us for part three of the Building the 21st Century Library series: a panel discussion on the pre-design programming process and the library program for the new central library. The library program both addresses practical questions in terms of users, equipment, accommodation, etc., and the symbolic presence of the library on campus.

John James Pron

TWO CITIES: PHILADELPHIA TO ROMA AND BACK AGAIN

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Temple's Rome Program, Emeritus Professor John James Pron will speak about that city's architectural heritage, the shared experiences of the many architecture alumni who studied there, and Rome's direct influence on his own artistic oeuvre.

Until his retirement in 2013, Pron taught design studios and lectured on architectural history, but his particular design was the historic preservationa nd adaptive reuse of older buildings - also the focus of his current consulting practice.  He is a recipient of a Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching as well as Temple University's Great Teacher Award - its highest academic honor.  He knows the Rome capus well: he has led Study Tours of Italy in 1977, 1983 and 1987, taught at the Rome campus in 1996 and 2012, and had two sabbaticals there in 2002 and 2009.

Concurrent with this lecture, at the DVAA (DaVinci Art Alliance) Gallery, Pron has organized a show titled "YO, PIRANESI" witht he participation of 8 other architects/artists - 6 of whom are Temple Architecture Rome alumni - each considering the impact of his famed "views of Rome" on contemporary Philadelphia.  See the gallery website for details.  Receptions on Weds 1 Mar, 6-8pm and Sat 4 Mar, 1-5pm. 

  • Date & Time

    2017-03-02 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location

    Architecture Gallery 104
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Mark Paterson

The Architecture of the Oculomotor: Body Motility, Ocular Processes, and the Perception of the Built Environment

Mark Paterson is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Pittsburgh, and has an interest in blindness, the body, and technologies of the senses. He has conducted research on the use of haptic technologies within museums, the role of haptics in human-robotic interaction (HRI), and the role of the bodily senses within ethnographic fieldwork. He is the author of The Senses of Touch: Haptics, Affects and Technologies (2007), and co-editor of Touching Place, Spacing Touch (2012). His book Seeing With the Hands: Blindness, Vision and Touch After Descartes was recently published with Edinburgh University Press, and his current book project is How We Became Sensory-Motor: Mapping Movement and Modernity. His research website is www.sensory-motor.com.

  • Date & Time

    2017-02-23 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location

    Architecture Gallery 104
  • Category

Buell Kratzer Powell 1996-2016: The Only Constant is Change

As a founding principal of Buell Kratzer Powell ltd, Joseph Powell brings to every project varied and rewarding programming, design and masterplanning experience. Characterized by a respect for history, an insightful approach to the possibilities of each site and an understanding of client needs, Powell’s work has gained national recognition for excellence. His responsibilities include management, design leadership and marketing of the firm’s library, community development, recreation and commercial projects.

Powell understands that the best architecture results from an intrinsic knowledge and reflection of each building’s purpose, time, and place. His genuine care and concern for his clients’ needs educes projects that become sources of owner and public pride.

Powell spent his early career designing small, highly-detailed projects for several firms. In 1991, he entered and won an international design competition for the Evanston, Illinois, Public Library. The award prompted him to found his namesake firm, Joseph Powell & Associates. The Evanston project earned numerous professional accolades and established Powell as both a library expert and an imaginative architect. When Powell joined partners Duncan Buell and Darrell Kratzer to form Buell Kratzer Powell in 1996, the new firm embraced his method-to-excellence research philosophy.

  • Date & Time

    2017-02-02 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location

    Architecture Gallery 104
  • Category

Simon Kim Lecture

Simon Kim, AIA, is a registered architect, an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design, and Director of the Immersive Kinematics Research Group. As principal at Ibañez Kim, he is interested in the integration of architecture and urbanism to active and emotive behaviors with new media. In particular, Simon works to bring architecture and design to a higher level with meaningful and sensate technologies for our homes and cities.

As a designer and artist, Simon has been a producer and collaborator of several shows with artists, theater groups and performers such as The Dufala Brothers, Carbon Dance Theatre, Pig Iron Theatre and has produced and curated exhibitions at the Traction Gallery and the Slought Foundation. His work has also been exhibited at the ICA, Storefront, and MoMA.

After studying at the Design Research Laboratory graduate programme at the Architectural Association, Simon worked as a designer and project architect for Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry. At MIT he worked closely with Bill Mitchell on networked energy for buildings and landscapes, and was awarded a Master of Science. Simon has teaching experience at Yale, Harvard, the Architectural Association, and MIT.

  • Date & Time

    2017-01-18 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location

    Architecture Gallery 104
  • Category

Visualized. Process through Visualization: Eric Oskey, Tyler School of Art_Division of Architecture + Environmental Design

Eric Oskey is a Philadelphia based architect and Partner of the award winning firm Moto Designshop. He is also an Associate Professor of Architecture in the Division of Architecture + Environmental Design at Temple University. He received his Masters in Architecture from Cornell University and his undergraduate from Drexel University. He has over 20 years of professional experience including working for the Pritzker Prize winning firm of Venturi Scott Brown and Associates.

  • Date & Time

    2016-11-10 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Location

    Architecture Gallery 104
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