Geneva, N.Y.—Noted architect Michael Dennis will offer a lecture on how urban planning is an extension of campus planning at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus. Dennis is an architect and professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dennis' visit is part of Architecture Week at HWS, the theme of which is “Build Bridges, not Walls.” During his lecture Dennis will show examples of his work.
Other events scheduled for Architecture Week include a showing of the documentary Brooklyn Bridge, a presentation of an architectural Honors project by Hobart senior Evangelos Limpantoudis, and a showing of The Wall followed by a discussion led by Hobart senior Eliot Lothrop.
Dennis teaches urban design and theory of urban form in the architecture studies program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has also taught at Cornell, Harvard, Princeton, Rice and Columbia. Work by his architecture firm, Michael Dennis Associates, in Boston, has been exhibited and published nationally and internationally. Much of the firm's recent work is institutional, beginning with the Art Museum for the University of California at Santa Barbara, which received first prize in a national design competition in 1983. Recently completed are the science/technology building at Syracuse University and the first buildings in the extensive plan for Carnegie Mellon University. The Carnegie Mellon campus design won first prize in a major design competition and received a 1988 Progressive Architecture Urban Design Citation as well as a 1990 American Institute of Architects award. The firm's Precinct Plan for the University of Southern California in Los Angeles won a 1993 Progressive Architecture Urban Design Citation.
Dennis is the author of Court and Garden: From the French Hotel to the City of Modern Architecture, and has been involved in research concerning campus design and planning. He has used the design studio to explore issues such as the possibility of buildings having their own independent identity but in keeping with the continuity of the campus fabric. Over the past few years, work at Arizona State University, Syracuse University, University of Virginia, the University of Southern California, and Carnegie Mellon University has provided the opportunity for such exploration.
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