ASSA ABLOY and Yale School of Architecture Collaboration Brings Major Exhibit on Eero Saarinen to New Haven

A critically acclaimed exhibit on the work of architect Eero Saarinen opens at Yale University on February 19, thanks to an ongoing collaboration between ASSA ABLOY and the Yale School of Architecture.

ASSA ABLOY, parent company of local lock manufacturers CORBIN RUSSWIN, HID and SARGENT with Americas division headquarters based in New Haven, is a global sponsor of “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future,” which concludes its international tour with installations in the School of Architecture Gallery and the Yale University Art Gallery.

“The opportunity to view this major exhibit here in New Haven after its tour to some of the world’s major cities demonstrates how corporate and educational partnerships enrich our community and cultural life,” said Michael J. Morand, associate vice president of Yale’s Office of New Haven and State Affairs.

ASSA ABLOY’s collaboration with the Yale School of Architecture began in 2004 when Thanasis Molokotos, president and CEO of the company’s Americas division, and School of Architecture Dean Robert A.M. Stern articulated a set of shared values to inform their mutual activities. Their commitment to those values—cutting-edge design, leadership in finding sustainable solutions in the built environment, and supporting the local community—has been fruitful for the company, the University, and greater New Haven as well.

“ASSA ABLOY’s association with Yale Architecture has been extremely worthwhile, generating several opportunities for our company to serve the New Haven and architectural communities,” said Molokotos. “We are especially honored to play a supporting role in the Saarinen retrospective, a project of both international and local significance,” he added.

In addition to sponsoring the Saarinen exhibit, ASSA ABLOY has partnered with the Yale School of Architecture on its Vlock Building Project, in which first-year students design and build a single-family house in New Haven in conjunction with non-profit housing developer Common Ground. Since 2004, each house has included locking hardware donated by ASSA ABLOY.

Thanasis Molokotos serves on the School of Architecture Dean’s Council. This connection helps to keep the company informed about issues facing the School and possible future areas of collaboration to benefit the world of architecture and New Haven.

ASSA ABLOY is a global leader in door opening solutions with more than 30,000 employees around the world. The Americas division manufactures and sells locks, cylinders, electromechanical products, security doors and fittings in North and South America.

“Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future” is open to the public free of charge through May 2 and will be accompanied by a series of public programs. Additional information is available at: www.architecture.yale.edu, www.artgallery.yale.edu, and http://opa.yale.edu/news/article.aspx?id=7268.

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