Yale School of Architecture Announces Free Public Events for Spring 2009

Comfortably settled in the newly renovated Paul Rudolph Hall, 180 York St., the Yale School of Architecture embarks on a new season of lectures, exhibitions and symposia covering such diverse topics as the life, work and reputation of Paul Rudolph, the mutable but everlasting legacy of Andrea Palladio, and the trailblazing career of architect and educator James Stirling. All of the events listed below take place in Paul Rudolph Hall. All lectures and keynote addresses are delivered in Hastings Hall and begin at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call Robie-Lyn Harnois at 203-432-8621. 


The first symposium of the New Year, “Reassessing Rudolph: Architecture and Reputation” will bring together international historians, critics, and architects on January 23–24 to reflect on the works of the renowned architect and his contributions to modern architecture. Author, educator and architectural anthropologist Adrian Forty will deliver the Paul Rudolph Lecture and keynote address of the symposium on Friday. The lecture is titled “Matter Immaterial: The Paradox of Concrete Architecture.”

The discussion about Rudolph’s work will continue on January 29 with this year’s Gordon H. Smith Colloquium devoted to the subject “Restoring Rudolph Hall.” Charles Gwathmey, the project’s architect, will discuss his acclaimed restoration of the celebrated landmark with Elizabeth Skowronek, Robert Leiter, Patrick Bellew and Arthur Hyde.

From a study of the modern, the focus will turn February 13–14 to 16th-century architect philosopher Andrea Palladio and the impact his classic treatise, “Quattro Libri,” has made on the principles and practice of architecture in modern times. This symposium, titled “What Modern Times Have Made of Palladio,” was convened by Kurt W. Foster, a member of the Research Council of the Palladio Center in Vicenza, Italy. Among the participants are eminent scholars Howard Burns, Paola Marini, Guido Beltramini and Andreas Beyer. Masters of contemporary architecture and design, such as Peter Eisenman, Rafael Moneo and Greg Lynn, will attest to Palladio’s continuing influence on the built environment of the 21st century. Kurt Foster will deliver the keynote address, “How Many Palladios Can You Count on One Hand? The Metamorphosis of Fame.”

A two-day symposium, March 27– 28, titled “Spatial Illiteracies,” organized by students in the School’s Master of Environmental Design program, will explore the complex interplay between space and communication in the digital age. The Roth Symonds Lecture, the keynote address of the symposium, will be delivered by urban ethnographer and influential author Loïc Wacquant. His talk is titled “Designing Urban Seclusion in the 21st Century.”

A conference May 9–10, will examine the work and career of 1981 Pritzker Prize laureate James Stirling, a pivotal figure of late 20th-century modernist architecture and from 1966 to 1984, the Davenport Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. This symposium, “James Stirling, Architect and Teacher,” was convened by architectural critic and historian Anthony Vidler, Acting Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.


The School of Architecture gallery, 180 York St., is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The current exhibition, “Model City: Buildings and Projects by Paul Rudolph for Yale and New Haven,” will continue through February 15.

A second exhibition, “Worlds Away: New Suburban Landscapes,” explores the social and cultural impact of suburbia through the lens of artists Gregory Crewdson, Dan Graham, Catherine Opie and Edward Ruscha, among others, and the visionary projects of architectural firms such as Fashion.Architecture.Taste, The Center for Land Use Interpretation, MVRDV, and Estudio Teddy Cruz. “Worlds Away will be on view March 2–May 10.

Work by School of Architecture students will be exhibited at the Gallery from May 22 to August 1.


Throughout the Spring semester, the School of Architecture holds a Thursday lecture series, which is free and open to the public. All lectures take place in Hastings Hall (basement of Rudolph Hall). Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

January 15
Brendan Gill Lecture
Nicholas Fox Weber
“Le Corbusier: Unexpected Aspects of the Architect’s Life and Personality”

January 22
Toyo Ito
“Generative Order”

February 12
Yvonne Farrell
Shelley McNamara

“Anchor + Animation”

February 19
Liza Fior, Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor
“The Strategic Sellout and the Virtues of Risk: muf architecture/art”

March 26
Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen
“Architecture, Modernity, and Geopolitics”

April 2
William Sharples, Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor
“Virtual Prototyping: Live Design and the Search for a New Metrics”

April 6
Eero Saarinen Lecture
Cameron Sinclair
“When Sustainability Is a Matter of Survival”

April 9
Greg Lynn, Davenport Visiting Professor
“Plastic FORM”

April 16
Alejandro Aravena
“Architecture in an Urban Age”

April 20
Terunobu Fujimori
“Architecture and Nature: What Is Terunobu Fujimori’s Architecture?

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