Symposium Will Re-Examine the Reputation of Architect Paul Rudolph

The Yale School of Architecture will gather an international roster of scholars, critics and architects under the roof of the newly renovated Paul Rudolph Hall Friday-Saturday, Jan. 23-24, to take a fresh look at the life and legacy of its legendary designer.

Paul Rudolph (1918-1997) was one of the foremost architects and teachers of the 1950s and 1960s. To a remark-able extent, note the event organizers, Rudolph’s reputation rose and fell along with the fortunes of postwar modernism in America. In the 1970s and 1980s, he became increasingly marginalized because of the dramatic shift in cultural values that followed the Vietnam War, they say.

Timed to coincide with the School of Architecture’s current exhibition, “Model City: Buildings and Projects by Paul Rudolph for Yale and New Haven,” this symposium was convened by the exhibition’s curator, Timothy M. Rohan, to reconsider Rudolph’s architecture and the discipline’s assessment of his contributions.

The event will feature a keynote address on Friday at 6:30 p.m. by Adrian Forty, professor of architectural history at The Bartlett, the Faculty of the Built Environment at University College ­London. His topic will be “Matter Immaterial: The Paradox of Concrete Architecture.”

Friday’s program will also include presentations beginning at 1:30 p.m. by Kazi K. Ashraf, Robert Bruegmann, Sandy Isenstadt, Kathleen James-Chakraborty, Pat Kirkham, Réjean Legault, Ken Tadashi Oshima and Hilary Sample.

Saturday’s program, which will run 9 a.m.-6 p.m., will feature presentations by Rohan, Hilary Ballon, Lizabeth Cohen, Sam Jacob, Sylvia Lavin, Louis Martin, Eric Mumford, Dietrich Neumann, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Emmanuel Petit, Alan Plattus, Joel Sanders, Lawrence Scarpa, George Wagner, Marion Weiss and Carter Wiseman.

All events take place in Hastings Hall, the auditorium of Paul Rudolph Hall, 180 York St.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but due to space considerations reservations must be made in ad­vance. To make reservations, call Robie-Lyn Harnois at (203) 432-8621.

“Reassessing Rudolph” is supported in part by the President’s Office and the Paul Rudolph Lectureship Fund.

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