Hosted by Cal Poly's College of Architecture and Environmental Design (CAED), "40 Below" is the theme of the Hearst Lecture Series this Fall.
The theme derives from the fact that, unlike the other arts, there are no child prodigies in architecture and environmental design. “One cannot find the equivalent of a pre-pubescent Picasso sketch or Mozart composition in architecture and allied disciplines” states Hearst Lecture Series Director and architecture department professor, Tom Di Santo, “and as a consequence, we have decided to highlight the work of designers in their forties and younger to underscore the effort and time it takes to begin doing exemplary work.”
These free, public lectures are made possible through a generous grant from the Hearst Foundation.
The first lecture of the year features Jonathan Segal, FAIA, one of America’s top, young, cutting-edge architects, builders and developers and the principal and co-founder of the JMAN Development Companies.
It is not uncommon to have contractors and architects working together in less traditional development delivery systems. As Cal Poly Construction Management Department Head Allan Hauck has said, “In design-build, the architect and builder work together as a team, acting as a single point of responsibility on behalf of the owner, from the concept level on through the final construction of the project. Contrary to this is the traditional building method whereby the owner has separate contracts with the architect and the constructors." What is extraordinary about the Jonathan Segal method is that all three elements of the development team (architect, contractor and developer) are one person.
Jonathan Segal has designed, developed and built 275 single family and medium- to high-density residential, live/work and mixed-use housing units in downtown San Diego and La Jolla, California since 1988. His passion for architecture has not gone unnoticed. He has received numerous national, state and local design awards, and several of those underscore that his standout talents have come at an early age: he has won the most National and State of California American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Honor Awards for Urban Housing of any San Diego architect; he was named by the San Diego Union Tribune as one of four architects in the city's history that have made a difference; in 2003, he was named to the AlA's College of Fellows - the youngest San Diego architect to be named to this prestigious fraternity; and, most recently, Jonathan has been honored as Residential Architect Magazine's 2004 National Rising Star.
Steely designs and builds homes in California and Hawaii, and his talk entitled “Pacific Refraction” will be about the cross pollination of ideas between his projects in those two diverse states. He also designs and builds furniture.
Craig Steely is a juror for the Second Annual Vellum/CAED furniture exhibit.
Johanna Grawunder spent the eighties and nineties in Milan, Italy working with Ettore Sottsass and Memphis. Her design firm in San Francisco concentrates on furniture, industrial design and other objects of beauty.
Johanna Grawunder is a juror for the Second Annual Vellum/CAED furniture exhibit.
Elias Crouch, principal of FUTURE invisible, an aesthetic engineering company, will come down from San Francisco to speak about his work in graphic design, film, surfboard shaping, and architecture.
The Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s Winter Hearst Lecture Series continues to focus on young design professionals, maintaining the theme "40 Below". The esteemed list of architects, landscape architects, structural engineers, design-builders, furniture and industrial designers and historic preservationists is growing with lecturers coming from as far away as Japan and New York, and as close as San Luis Obispo.
The first lecture of this quarter presents Cal Poly’s award winning entry in the Solar Decathlon Competition held in Washington DC last Fall. Cal Poly Architecture Professors Rob Pena and Sandy Stannard will be joined by students, Nicholas Holmes (Architecture), Robert Johnson (Electrical Engineering) and Austin Quig-Hartman (Mechanical Engineering) to discuss California’s first ever entry into the US DOE/NREL Solar Decathlon Competition. The international design/build competition challenged 18 selected university teams to design and construct a 500-800 square foot solar powered dwelling. The “Solar CalPoly” team centered its design philosophy around one of its primary challenges: traversing the 2,394 miles from Cal Poly to the Mall at the nation’s capitol. The Cal Poly project was designed to be pulled by a single truck and fulfilled its designers’ mission to be “simple; fundamental; elegant”. The entry achieved third place overall, competing against the nation’s top universities. More information can be found at www.solardecathlon.calpoly.edu.
Andy Cohen will talk about his work with Gensler.
Clark Construction is augmenting the Hearst Lecture Series by generously donating additional funds to bring Andy Cohen to Cal Poly.
Larry Scarpa and LEED-certified architect Angela Brooks, both of the ground-breaking architecture office Pugh + Scarpa are interested in affordable housing and sustainability in the built environment. Their interest in affordable housing is manifest in their work with the non-profit organization “Livable Places, Inc.”
Local landscape architect and Cal Poly alumnus, Jeffrey Gordon Smith, will talk about his award winning garden, lighting, hardscape and outdoor furniture designs. From the firm’s inception in 1992, the philosophy of Jeffrey Gordon Smith Landscape Architecture has reflected Jeffrey’s passion for unique plant material and meticulous attention to the project's overall design concept. His work is featured in the publications: Garden Design, Metropolitan Home, and Sunset Magazine. His latest project “Cal Poly Engineering Plaza”, is a 85,000 square foot plaza scheduled for completion in 2007. His work can be viewed at: http://www.jgsdesigns.com
The series will complete on the 3rd of March with Cal Poly alumnus, Bruce Tomb, an architect from San Francisco. Bruce Tomb started the studio Interim Office of Architecture (IOOC) with John Randolph. Now on his own, he continues his strong interest in allied disciplines focusing on furniture and industrial design (including the elegant cast basins of his firm, Infinite Fitting), installations, and exhibit design, as well as architecture. He is an adjunct professor in the Architecture and Sculpture Programs at California College of Arts in San Francisco and Oakland.
The lecture "What Katrina Taught Us: Landscape, Community, and the Life We Dream" will address one of the most vital challenges we face in the 21st Century: reconstructing our fragmented lives so that they approach wholeness - in landscapes, communities and selves. What lessons will we take from Katrina about nature, community and the politics of wholeness? How can we reconcile wild truth and community to remake this blown-apart world? How might we use our language and our resources to repair the fabric of life? Come help imagine how it would be to live as if we believed in this life.
Georgia-born Janisse Ray is a naturalist, activist and author of three books of literary nonfiction, including "Ecology of a Cracker Childhood," a memoir about growing up on a junkyard in the ruined longleaf pine ecosystem of the Southeast. That 1999 book won high praise from The New York Times and conservationist Wendell Berry, as well as awards from the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, the Southeastern Booksellers, Before Columbus Society and the Southern Environmental Law Center Award.
Astrid Klein will discuss her award winning work executed with Mark Dytham in their firm, Klein-Dytham. They position themselves as western architects living and working in Japan. Their work in architecture, furniture, and interior design can be viewed at http://www.klein-dytham.com/.
Astrid Klein was born in Varese, Italy, graduated in France with a First Class BA degree in interior architecture at L’Ecole des Arts Decoratifs, Strasbourg. Then, having graduated with an MA in architecture at The Royal College of Art in London, she left for a three month voyage to Japan on a Richard Rodgers Travel Scholarship. She discovered, with partner Mark Dytham, that there were too many new, wild, weird and wonderful things to see, so they stayed on, vowing to go home after they had seen it all. Clearly, they have not because their office continues to thrive in Japan.
Visiting from Florence, Italy, Gianni Pettena will lecture on the “Origins of the 70’s avant-garde." Pettina is an architect and professor at CSU Firenze whose design investigations encompass the fields of art, installation, furniture and architecture.
For additional information, visit Archimagazinge's web page.
Sustainable Mechanical Engineer, Peter Rumsey, PE, CEM, will discuss "Mechanical System Innovations in Institutional Buildings." Rumsey is an emerging leader in engineering design for sustainable buildings whose work has earned national recognition.
He has a mechanical engineering degree from U.C. Berkeley and is a registered mechanical engineer in Arizona, California, Idaho, Missouri, Oregon and Texas. He is a Certified Energy Manager and an active member in ASHRAE and Association of Energy Engineers (AEE). Rumsey was the recipient of the Bay Area Energy Engineer of the Year award in 2001. His philosophy is based on the premise that the best design is simple, elegant and results in substantially lower energy costs.
For additional information, visit Rumsey Engineers' web page
Lisa Iwamoto of IS.Ar Iwamoto Scott Architecture in San Francisco, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Architecture at UC Berkeley will lecture on her firm's work including the Fog House of Marin, recently exhibited at the SFMOMA, and the PA Award winning 2:1 House in Berkeley.
For additional informatioin, visit IS.Ar Iwamoto Scott's web page
Tezuka Architects visits us from Tokyo. The Tezukas are creating exemplary work in Japan, garnering awards and publications on every project. They were invited to participate in an international exposition of work by young architects in Vienna, Austria entitled “45 under 45”.
More additional information, vist Tezuka' web page
Structural engineer Robb Haukohl will speak about his experitise in architectural engineering and terra cotta.
The series will conclude with Paul Lewis, partner in the studio, LTL-Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis of New York, and the Director of Graduate Studies at Princeton University’s School of Architecture. His lecture is entitled, “Restricted Play."
Often working as design-builders, Paul Lewis, along with partners Marc Tsurumaki and twin brother David, transform unremarkable, derelict spaces in existing Manhattan structures into amazing explorations into light, space, materiality and form. They design everything from the graphics and furniture to the interiors and architecture. Transcending the common use of their uncommon materials such as cardboard, felt, bamboo skewers, cast plaster and acrylic has earned them the distinction of being one of the most innovative firms in New York…and if you can make it there, you can make it anywhere.
For additional information, visti LTL's web page.