Architecture in Public: Contemporary Architecture and its Consequences

Architecture in Public: Contemporary Architecture and its Consequences

May 03 2009, Trustees Room, Low Library, Columbia University

Day-long convening of a multi-generational group of US-based architects to discuss the issues that confront the discipline of architecture at a historical moment of crisis and change. Issues discussed included urbanism and infrastructure, sustainable development, emerging technologies, national and international political concerns, local/global economic processes, and artistic priorities.



Preston Scott Cohen, Preston Scott Cohen Inc, Harvard University

Elizabeth Diller, DS+R Architects, Princeton University

Peter Eisenman, Eisenman Architects, Yale University

Merrill Elam, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Stephen Kieran, Kieran Timberlake, University of Pennsylvania

Monica Ponce de Leon, Office dA, University of Michigan

Steven Holl, Steven Holl Architects, Columbia University

Phyllis Lambert, Canadian Centre for Architecture

Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, DPZ, University of Miami

Hani Rashid, Asymptote ArchitectureColumbia University

Jesse Reiser, Reiser + Umemoto, Princeton University

Mack Scogin, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects

Robert A.M. Stern, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Yale University

Nader Tehrani, Office dA, MIT

Bernard Tschumi, Bernard Tschumi ArchitectsColumbia University

Nanako Umemoto, Reiser + Umemoto

Mark Wigley, Columbia University

Michael Bell, Michael Bell ArchitectureColumbia University

Laurie Hawkinson, Smith-Miller + Hawkinson ArchitectsColumbia University


Discussion moderated by Reinhold Martin, Buell Center Director


Invited but unable to attend:

Denise Scott Brown, Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates

Henry N. Cobb, Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners

Lise-Anne Couture, Asymptote Architecture

Andrés Duany, DPZ , University of Miami

Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang, Illinois Institute of Technology

Frank Gehry, Gehry Partners

Greg Lynn, Greg Lynn Form, UCLA

Thom Mayne, Morphosis Architects

Ricardo Scofidio, DS+R Architects, Cooper Union

James Timberlake, Kieran TimberlakeUniversity of Pennsylvania

Robert Venturi, Venturi, Scott Brown & Associates