Yale School of Architecture Names Katherine Farley as Bass Fellow

Yale School of Architecture Dean Robert A.M. Stern has announced that Katherine Farley, senior managing director of the international real estate developer Tishman-Speyer, will be the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellow for the Spring 2010 term.

Established through the generosity of Edward P. Bass, the fellowship brings prominent leaders in the private and public sectors of the development community to teach at the Yale School of Architecture. Selected by the dean, Bass Fellows give students insight into the “real-world” development process and the architect’s role on a development team. Former Bass Fellows include Gerald Hines, Stuart Lipton, Roger Madelin, Nick Johnson and Charles Atwood.
Farley joined Tishman Speyer in 1984 and oversees all aspects of the company’s business in Brazil and China—from directing market research to developing new opportunities and managing ongoing activities.

Farley plays a significant leadership role in major cultural institutions of New York, particularly Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, where she has served on its board since 2003 and is currently chair-designate of the executive committee. She also chairs the Lincoln Center Redevelopment Project and sat on the board of Lincoln Center Theater from 2002 to 2005. Additionally Farley serves or has served, usually in an executive position, on the boards of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Randall’s Island Sports Foundation, the International Rescue Committee, Women In Need, the Brearley School and Brown University—from which she received her bachelor’s degree in 1971. She earned a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1976.

Dean Stern expressed his “delight that Katherine Farley has agreed to work with our students as Bass Fellow. Her experience as an architect and now a leading property developer, focused on two of the world’s most important emerging markets, is exceptionally complimentary to the interests of our students and the global initiatives of Yale and our School of Architecture.”

Throughout their semester-long tenure, Bass Fellows participate in a design studio led by a senior or visiting faculty member. Farley will teach with the New York architect and Yale professor Deborah Berke. Students in the studio will design a mixed-use urban development aimed at the middle class market in Sao Paulo, which has rapidly emerged as a major financial and cultural global capital.

As the Edward P. Bass Distinguished Visiting Architecture Fellow, Farley will give a lecture, titled “Off the Grid: A Developer’s Perspective,” on January 7, 2010. Free and open to the public, the lecture takes place in Rudolph Hall, 180 York Street, 6:30 p.m.

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