FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Getty Conservation Institute Presents Minding the Gap: The Role of Contemporary Architecture in the Historic Environment on May 21
Notable architects and urban planners Thomas H. Beeby, Richard Meier, Richard Rogers, and Denise Scott Brown gather for a one-day symposium and evening panel discussion with architecture critic Paul Goldberger
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center
Clockwise, from top left: Thomas H. Beeby, Richard Meier, Denise Scott Brown, Richard Rogers.
Photos courtesy of the architects.
LOS ANGELES—How do today’s architects introduce new buildings in cherished historic urban areas in a way that respects, reveals, and celebrates their special character while potentially creating the heritage of tomorrow?
Minding the Gap: The Role of Contemporary Architecture in the Historic Environment, a one-day public symposium being presented by the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI), will explore the role of contemporary architecture in the historic urban environment on May 21, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
Internationally renowned architects and urban designers Thomas H. Beeby, Richard Meier, Richard Rogers, and Denise Scott Brown will present their own work, illustrating a range of approaches to designing in the historic urban environment.
The symposium will conclude with an evening panel discussion moderated by distinguished architecture critic Paul Goldberger, well known for his tenure at The New Yorker.
Registration for the day is $100 ($50 for students); reservations are required. The fee includes refreshments, lunch, reception and the evening panel discussion, as well as parking. Click here to make reservations or call (310) 440-7300.
This event complements the GCI’s Conserving Modern Architecture and Historic Cities and Urban Settlements Initiatives and is being presented in conjunction with Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Thomas H. Beeby, FAIA, is an architect and Chairman Emeritus of HBRA Architects, Inc., where he has managed a range of projects that includes museums, libraries such as the Harold Washington Library Center in Chicago, university buildings, theater and performing arts centers, urban and campus master plans, high-rise and suburban office buildings, renovations of historic structures, religious buildings, retail projects, housing developments, and private residences. Beeby also has served as the Dean of the Yale University School of Architecture and Adjunct Professor of Architectural Design. Seven of Beeby’s projects have received the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Honor Award, and he has recently been named the recipient of the 2013 Richard H. Driehaus Prize.
Richard Meier, FAIA, FRIBA, is an architect whose practice has included major civic commissions in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including courthouses and city halls, museums, corporate headquarters, and housing and private residences. Among his most well-known projects are the Getty Center in Los Angeles; the Jubilee Church in Rome; the High Museum in Atlanta; Perry and Charles Street Condominiums in New York; the Canal+ Television Headquarters in Paris; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. His numerous awards include thirty National Honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and fifty regional AIA Design Awards. In 1984, Meier was awarded the Pritzker Prize for Architecture.
Denise Scott Brown, RIBA, Int. FRIBA, is an architect, urban designer, and theorist, writer and educator whose projects and ideas have influenced several generations of architects over the last half century. From 1967 – 2012, in collaboration with Robert Venturi, she guided Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates (VSBA), serving as Principal-in-Charge of urban planning, urban design and campus planning. Her practice at VSBA involved major architecture projects, including the Sainsbury Wing of the British National Gallery and the Département de la Haute-Garonne provincial capitol building in Toulouse, France, as well as advocacy and revitalization plans for historic areas of American cities and university planning in urban contexts. Brown’s research projects, Learning from Las Vegas and Learning from Levittown, investigated the emerging automobile city, the relation of social and physical in architecture, and the role of symbolism and communication in architecture.
Sir Richard Rogers, RIBA, Hon. FAIA, is a 2007 Pritzker Prize Laureate and was knighted in 1991 and made a life peer in 1996. Rogers’ practice, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, was founded in 1977 as Richard Rogers Partnership. It is best known for such pioneering buildings as the Centre Pompidou, the headquarters for Lloyd’s of London, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg and the Millennium Dome in London. In 1995, he was the first architect ever invited to give the BBC Reith Lectures – a series entitled “Cities for a Small Planet” – and in 1998 was appointed by the Deputy Prime Minister to chair the UK Government’s Urban Task Force on the state of our cities. He was Chief Advisor on Architecture and Urbanism to the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, and has played an advisory role on design to the current Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. He also has been an Advisor to the Mayor of Barcelona’s Urban Strategies Council.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Paul Goldberger is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair. From 1997 through 2011, he served as the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker, where he wrote the magazine’s celebrated “Sky Line” column. He also holds the Joseph Urban Chair in Design and Architecture at The New School in New York City. He was formerly Dean of the Parsons School of Design, a division of The New School. Goldberger began his career at The New York Times, where in 1984 his architecture criticism was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, the highest award in journalism. He is the author of several books, most recently Why Architecture Matters, published in 2009 by Yale University Press. Goldberger is a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C. and the Forum for Urban Design.
Minding the Gap: The Role of Contemporary Architecture in the Historic Environment, a one day symposium, will be held May 21, 2013, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center, 1200 Getty Center Drive, Los Angeles. Registration for the day is $100 ($50 for students); reservations are required. The fee includes refreshments, lunch, an evening reception and panel discussion, as well as parking. Visit www.getty.edu to make reservations or call (310) 440-7300.
For more information (non-media inquiries), contact CAHE@getty.edu.
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The Getty Conservation Institute works internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts—broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. The Institute serves the conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field. In all its endeavors, the GCI focuses on the creation and delivery of knowledge that will benefit the professional conservation community through scientific research, education and training, model field projects, and the dissemination of the results of both its own work and the work of others in the field. In all its endeavors, the GCI focuses on the creation and delivery of knowledge that will benefit the professionals and organizations responsible for the conservation of the world’s cultural heritage.