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2013 Lectures Held at Monona Terrace

Tuesday, May 7th, 2013 

Architect as Artisan and World Citizen
Presented by Steve Badanes, Architect.
Steve Badanes is a co-founder of Jersey Devil, a group of architects, artists, and inventors, committed to the interdependence of design and construction. Badanes will highlight stories and images from 40 years of design/build.

2012 Lectures Held at Monona Terrace

Thursday, March 15, 2012

An Architectural Impact on Community: New Orleans - by Allen Eskew

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Organic Cotton - The Journey is the Prize - by Harmony Susalla

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Great Un-expectations x PechaKucha

2011 Lectures Held at Monona terrace

Thursday, February 3, 2011 - 7PM • Lecture Hall
“Louis Sullivan: The Struggle for American Architecture”
Presented by Mark Richard Smith, filmmaker

This film is the first feature-length, award-winning documentary, about the revolutionary and brilliant Chicago architect, Louis Sullivan (1856-1924). Known by historians as the 'father of the skyscraper' and creator of the iconic phrase 'form follows function,' Sullivan was on top of his profession in 1890. Then a series of setbacks plunged him into destitute obscurity from which he never fully recovered. Yet his persistent belief in the power of his ideas generated some of America's most beautiful buildings ever created, and inspired Sullivan's protégé, Frank Lloyd Wright, to fulfill his own dream of a truly American style of architecture.

Thursday, March 24, 2011 - 7PM • Lecture Hall
“Madison’s Ross Street House: Wisconsin’s First LEED Platinum Home”
Presented by Carol Richard, AIA, LEED AP Homes

Carol Richard, a founding partner of the Atlanta-based architecture firm Richard Wittschiebe Hand, returned home to Madison in 2008 to build her house in the Sunset Hills neighborhood on the near west side of town. The project was completed in the spring of 2009 and achieved LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes Platinum - the first in Wisconsin. The project is a collaboration with her husband, an engineer, and is a story about moving back home and designing your own “green” house. The home was recently awarded the 2010 Future Landmark Award for Innovative New Design from the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation.

Thursday, April 7, 2011 - 7PM • Lecture Hall
“Creating a Better Bicycle”
Presented by Michael Leighton, Bicycle Production Manager, Trek Bicycle Corporation

Riding a bicycle is good for the environment but what about the bicycle? Join us as Trek Senior Product Manager, Michael Leighton, walks you through the process of creating a better bicycle for a new world. Wisconsin-based Trek Bicycle, a world leader in cycling technology and design, is dedicated to utilizing sustainable business practices. Learn what it means to be an industry-leader operating in a more conscious market environment and how creating greener products goes far beyond what you may already think.


Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 7PM • Lecture Hall
“Opportunistic Architecture”
Presented by Paul Lewis, Principal, AIA, LEED AP

Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL Architects) was founded in 1997 by Paul Lewis, assistant professor at Princeton University School of Architecture. The New York based architectural firm and design partnership explores the opportunistic overlaps between form, program, and materiality, and has completed a wide array of projects throughout the United States. LTL is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2007 National Design Award for Interior Architecture, and the Emerging Voices award from the Architectural League of New York. The firm’s work has been exhibited widely at venues including The Museum of Modern Art (NY), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), Carnegie Museum of Art, and La Biennale di Venizia (Italy). They are the authors of Opportunistic Architecture (2008) and Situation Normal....Pamphlet Architecture #21 (1998).

Thursday, September 15, 2011
"Design Minds on Decision Making"
Presented by Vivian Lin & Jarod Beukelman with Design Concepts

Pepsi or Coke? Mac or PC? Paper or plastic? We all make decisions every day. This presentation takes a closer look at the science of decision making, and the many ways designers use that information to create the remarkable products and services that change the way we work, live, and play. Design Concepts' designers Vivian Lin and Jarod Beukelman show how an understanding of decision making is used to create products and services that people want and need.

Thursday, November 10, 2011
“My Favorite Things x PechaKucha”
Presented by 10 Local Professionals
From the everyday to the extraordinary, objects have long inspired designers by virtue of their functionality, physical beauty, ingenuity, simplicity, sacredness…
You’re invited to learn what’s on the creative tap for ten local design professionals from fields such as architecture, landscape architecture, fashion and industrial design at our fall PechaKucha Madison event: My Favorite Things. 
What is PechaKucha? The concept is simple:  Each of 10 presenters shows 20 images for 20 seconds apiece to describe the personal elements, devices and doodads that serve as creative muse.  Bright copper kettles, warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, will these be among their favorite things?

2010 Lectures Held at Monona terrace

Thursday, February 25th
"Film Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman"

Documentary by Eric Brickner Narrated by Dustin Hoffman.

VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of the late Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman captured the work of nearly every major modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, and Frank Gehry. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, gentleman whose images chronicled this fascinating period.

Tuesday, April 27th
"Generation Mobile: The Death of Distance"
Presented by Jennifer Siegal

Jennifer Siegal is known for her work in creating the Prefab home of the 21st century. She is the founder and principal of the Los Angeles-based firm Office of Mobile Design (OMD), and has chosen manufactured housing as her preferred design medium.
 Beginning with single-family homes, she has now designed and installed her own prefabricated storefront office in Venice California, demonstrating her commitment to the form. Drawing on her fascination with new materials, Siegal is constantly experimenting with new ways of making her units sustainable. Most recently she worked with students at Taliesin West to design and build the award-winning Taliesin Mod.FabTM; a prefabricated off-the-grid home located on the desert terrain.

2009 Lectures Held at Monona Terrace


Sunday, February 8th – 1PM
Film: "Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright's Buildings and Legacy in Japan"
Presented by Filmmakers Karen Severns and Koichi Mori
The 20th century’s greatest architect was deeply indebted to Japan for its aesthetic inspirations. This richly detailed film illuminates, for the first time, how that debt was repaid. For six tumultuous years, Wright struggled to complete the enormous commission in Tokyo that would help turn his career around. He left behind that masterpiece and another, equally significant, legacy: his transformative effect on the men who had shared his struggle, and who kept his spirit alive through ensuing generations.
Tuesday, March 31st – 7PM
"The Cloister"
Presented by Stanley Tigerman, FAIA
A Chicago native, Stanley Tigerman has designed numerous buildings and installations throughout the United States and overseas in places like Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Spain, Yugoslavia, and Bangladesh. An emerging pattern in Tigerman’s architectural production is the budding presence of a cloister. Typically associated with monasteries, a cloister is an inner courtyard surrounded by a covered walkway. From the 10th century forward, the cloister has represented a way in which people of faith could seek their own unique relationship to a divine being. In the 21st century, Tigerman has expanded the purpose of the cloister to embrace a secular as well as a theological realm. His presentation will focus on 12 such projects.
Tuesday, May 19th – 7PM
“Lessons from the Past”
Presented by Ron Radziner, FAIA
This lecture will feature a visual presentation of Marmol Radziner ‘s numerous restoration projects including the Kaufmann House originally designed by Richard Neutra in 1946, the Elliot House, originally designed by R.M. Schindler in 1930, and John Lautner’s Garcia house. The lessons learned from the restoration process as well as how restoration has influenced the firm’s new designs will be explored.
Thursday, September 17
"The Architecture of Bart Prince"
Presented by Bart Prince, Architect

The work of Bart Prince derives from the most creative veins of organic architecture. His is a constant exploration of architecture as a primal urge to create a beauty inspired by nature rather than fashion. Each project is a unique creation formed from site and program while always celebrating the craft of the builder. His work is linked to the Oklahoma architect and teacher, Bruce Goff. The spirit of American individualism also links him to Frank Lloyd Wright and Louis Sullivan in equal measure. Mr. Prince will discuss his prolific lifetime of work, his early years as an assistant to Mr. Goff, and his many plans for the future.

Tuesday, October 27
"Frank Lloyd Wright in the Twenty-first Century"

Presented by Alan Hess, Architect

Is it possible to re-invent Frank Lloyd Wright for the twenty-first century? His myth seems indelible. His buildings are so well known that they seem to defy reinterpretation. Yet the range of his designs over seventy years may still yield fresh perspectives about architecture, cities, living with nature, and human culture. This talk will explore the possibilities for learning from Wright, fifty years after his demise.

Tuesday, November 3
"10-20-20 Presentation Night: Design Inspiration"

Ever look at a building, print ad, or bicycle helmet and wonder, "What were they thinking?" Join us to see what makes creative professionals tick at our first ever 10-20-20 Presentation Night. What is 10-20-20? The concept is simple: Each of 10 presenters shows 20 images for 20 seconds apiece to express his or her design inspiration. We had to invite only the very best in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Furniture Design, Industrial Design, Communications and Graphic Design to keep up with the rapid pace of this format. The question is: will such creative individuals each be able to convey all that vision in 6 minutes and 40 seconds?
2008 Lectures Held at Monona Terrace

Tuesday, February 12
"Frank Lloyd Wright's Hardy House"
Presented by Mark Hertzberg, Director of Photography of The Journal Times in Racine

This talk is a comprehensive study of this important house built into a bluff above Lake Michigan in Racine, including historic and contemporary photos, as well as previously unpublished plans for a larger, un-built scheme for the house. The house is well known because of iconic drawings in Wright's "Wasmuth Portfolio," but little was known about it, or the man who commissioned it in 1904, until Hertzberg's book.

Tuesday, March 11
"Milwaukee in Focus"
Presented by Bob Greenstreet, Dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning at UW-Milwaukee

This lecture will be a review of the unique and creative relationship between the University of Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and the city of Milwaukee. Bob Greenstreet has spearheaded this unique "town and gown" effort. Over the past 3 years, Bob has arranged teams of talented students and professionals to tackle planning and design issues facing Milwaukee, and not coincidentally, the bulk of American communities. The vision and creativity shown by these teams on some of these projects is stunning. This work has exposed and demonstrated the power of design and architecture in the public realm.

Tuesday, April 29
"Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future"
Presented by Reed Kroloff, Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Museum

From the sweeping concrete vaults of the TWA Terminal at JFK Airport in New York to the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch in St. Louis, the iconic designs of Eero Saarinen (1910-1961) captured the aspirations and values of mid-20th-century America. Reed Kroloff, Director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Museum, and a nationally known commentator in the world of architecture and urban design, will discuss the work of Eero Saarinen and his influence on architecture in the 21st century.

Thursday, May 22
"Victor Sidy: Apprentice, Architect, Educator"
Presented by Victor Sidy, Dean of Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture

Victor Sidy, the Dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture will be on hand to present an overview of his wide ranging body of work as well as recent work from the studios at Taliesin. Mr. Sidy is an architect, inventor, writer, and lecturer. He received his architectural training from the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture after receiving the Flinn Foundation Scholarship and Robert C. Byrd Scholarship. He has worked with artists, architects, and planners in Russia, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States and has taught students from elementary school to graduate school in a variety of architecture-related fields. Mr. Sidy hosted a television series on architecture for EMG Satellite Television that aired from 1996 to 1998 and was the youngest member of Architecture Magazine's May 1999 feature "Young Americans."

Thursday, October 9th, 2008
Film: "A Child of the Sun"
Presented by Director Michael Miner

The largest single collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world can be witnessed in the buildings of Florida Southern College, built between 1938 and 1958. The ten built and eight un-built structures are covered in great detail in the film. Wright's commitment to organic architecture is explored through his multi-building design concept and the integration of the sun as a critical contributing design element.

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
"When Tommy was King, Restoring the Wisconsin State Capitol"
Presented by Charlie Quagliana, AIA
Senior Preservation Architect, Isthmus Architecture, Inc.

This lecture will review the political and practical realities of working on a multi-phased, comprehensive, historic restoration of this fully functioning and beloved landmark. Charlie Quagliana will offer a unique personal perspective: first as a project representative of the State and then as a project principal guiding the preservation team in the later phases of this award-winning project. This project demonstrates the power of design and architecture in the public realm.
2007 Lecture Series at Monona Terrace

Thursday, February 1
Film “Tall: The American Skyscraper and Louis Sullivan”

Tall traces the experiments of the early skyscraper architects, especially Louis Sullivan, the Chicago architect (and mentor of Frank Lloyd Wright) who pioneered a new skyscraper form. His credo was that “form ever follows function.” His elegant buildings, some still standing and featured in the film, bear out his reputation as the father of the skyscraper. Fierce rivals, led by Daniel Burnham, builder of the Flatiron Building, competed with him for favor, money, and power. The outcome changed the future, shaping the modern skyline throughout the world.
Thursday, April 5 
 “The Shared Ideal: The Carnegie Library Designs of Claude & Starck"
Presented by Sheridan Glen, Manager First Weber Group Realtors Capitol Office
Louis Claude and Edward Starck designed many of Madison’s most popular early 20th century buildings. Their practice, however, was highlighted by the nearly forty Carnegie libraries in five states they designed between 1902 and 1915. Learn, through the imagery of vintage postcards, how these talented, yet low key architects, were influenced by more famous members of the Chicago School.
Tuesday, May 15
"Green and Sustainable Architecture Roundtable"
 The built environment has a profound impact on our natural environment, economy, health and productivity. In the United States, buildings account for:
• 36% of total energy use/ 65% of electricity consumption
• 30% of greenhouse gas emissions
• 30% of raw materials use
• 30% of waste output/ 136 million tons annually
• 12% of potable water consumption (source USGBC.org)
Please join us for a roundtable discussion of Green and Sustainable Architecture with some of the leading architects, engineers and consultants in the region. The discussion will concentrate on sharing real world successes, challenges and possibilities for the future.
Thursday, September 13
Pedro E. Guerrero: Portrait of an Image Maker
Presented by special guest host Pedro Guerrero

This special edition of the Wright Lecture Series celebrates the life and seven-decade career of photographer, Pedro Guerrero. Known for chronicling the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson, Mr. Guerrero has led a fascinating life that has been documented in word and film this past year. Following the film screening, he will sign copies of his new memoir Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey. Activities will take place amidst the permanent exhibition of Guerrero's photography displayed throughout Monona Terrace.
Tuesday, October 2
Sacred Spaces: The Houses of Worship Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Presented by Director Michael Miner

Sacred Spaces beautifully chronicles the ten built religious structures designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. According to Eric Lloyd Wright, architect and grandson of Wright, "It is a fine review of my grandfather's religious work...it certainly should be seen by the public." A question and answer session with the director, who is presently working on another Wright film, will follow.
Tuesday, November 13
New Directions in Green Architecture

Presented by Jim Wasley, University of Milwaukee School of Architecture
Professor Wasley will introduce the topic of "green architecture" and talk about new directions in building design seeking to integrate environmental, social and individual health concerns. He will talk about the United States Green Building Council and the continuing evolution of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating systems. His own current research on LEED Gold certified academic buildings around the United States will set the stage for a discussion of the future of 'climate neutral' buildings- buildings that do not add to the carbon dioxide burden in the atmosphere.
2006 Lectures Held at Monona Terrace
Thursday, February 23, 2006
“Guilty Pleasures”
Presented by Douglas Kozel, Architect
Douglas Kozel, a founding partner of KEE Architecture, is a regional architect with a straightforward approach and a dedication to craft, that is classically Midwestern. He challenges conventional assumptions while exploring the opportunities of program and site, and seeks to imbue architectural form with human meaning. Join us for a review of his work and approach.
Thursday, March 23, 2006
“Saving Modernism”
Presented by Whitney Gould, Urban Landscape Writer -The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
How shall we regard buildings of the recent past? They’re considered too young to be landmarks; they’re typically out of step with today’s notions of urbanism; and they often carry the baggage that comes with having replaced cherished icons of the 19th century. But many modernist buildings--from Eero Saarinen’s TWA Terminal to Harry Weese’s Humanities Building at UW-Madison-are memorable expressions of their time. Here are some thoughts on why architects, preservationists and ordinary citizens ought to get over their queasiness and look at modernism in a more affectionate and thoughtful way.
Tuesday, May 9, 2006
“Beyond Sprawl: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Utopian Vision for America”
Presented by Robert Fishman, Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan, author of Urban Utopias in the Twentieth Century: Ebenezer Howard, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Le Corbusier (1977)
Often presented as the ultimate in sprawl, Frank Lloyd Wright's utopian vision for a decentralized America - which he called "Broadacre City" - is potentially a vital contribution to the fight against sprawl.  For Wright envisioned a civilized low-density environment in which limited development would be fully and beautifully integrated into the landscape.  Compared to present-day development that produces a chaotic mixture that is neither rural nor urban, Wright's vision points the way toward a truly sustainable landscape at the edge of our metropolitan regions.
Thursday, September 28
Film "Frank Lloyd Wright: Murder, Myth and Modernism"
Hosted by Ron McCrea, City Editor of The Capital Times

Ron McCrea will host what is likely to be the first United States showing of the documentary, "Frank Lloyd Wright: Murder, Myth and Modernism." This 60-minute, uninterrupted film, produced by a British crew from World of Wonder, originally aired on the BBC's Channel 4 arts channel in prime time on May 11, 2006. McCrea, who has written often on Wright, appears several times in the film as a commentator and will show his personal copy of the film. He will introduce it and take questions afterward. Others interviewed in the documentary are Wright biographers and authorities Ada Louise Huxtable, Meryl Sechrest, Neil Levine, Edgar Tafel and Eric Lloyd Wright.

Thursday, October 12
"Taliesin, Through a Painter's Eye"
Presented by L. Genevieve Davis, M.F.A.

Ever wonder how the world looks to artists? How they see things? Artist L. Genevieve Davis, M.F.A. will present her 20 paintings, "Taliesin, Through a Painter's Eye," in a power point lecture. The work was shown last year at the Frank Lloyd Wright Visitors Center. She will talk about the visual aesthetics of Taliesin, which inspired her series of paintings. Genevieve will discuss her approach to the three-year project and explain how she worked on 20 paintings at one time. Her layered technique will be discussed, as well as other techniques derived from the Italian Renaissance and the theater. Paintings may be viewed at www.davisartist.com

Tuesday, November 7
"Taming Modernism: How the late Prairie School transformed International Style architecture in the Midwest"
Presented by Jim Draeger, Architectural Historian, Wisconsin Historical Museum

This presentation explores the interplay between architects inspired by European modernism and the Midwest's Prairie School traditions as architects began to re-interpret European modernism in a regional context. It discusses the mid-1930s work of Wisconsin architects who considered themselves disciples of Frank Lloyd Wright or other Prairie architects as well as those who were modernists. Their work reveals a secondary blending of Prairie School and
International Style traditions as Midwestern architects attempted to "tame" the International Style by infusing it with Prairie features.

Thursday, November 30
"A Collaborative Design Process to Create Environments that Inspire"
Presented by Dorschner|Associates, Inc

Designing environments that can be built economically and meet the needs of the users often means reconciling disparate perspectives. Creativity is often sparked by excitement in the face of that challenge. It is unleashed through the exploration of options. At Dorschner|Associates, Inc. we understand both the micro and the macro perspective. The view from a distance, the beauty of a meticulous single detail and the comfort of a well designed space all are integral in designing environments that inspire
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