The Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY) will be hosting an exhibition closing reception and panel discussion for Resident Alien: Austrian Architects in America in their main theater with presentations on each of the five exhibition galleries (Primitive Domains, Aggregate Families, Urban Terrestrials, Cloud Natures, and Media Atmospheres) by speakers:
Beatriz Colomina (Media Atmospheres)
Beatriz Colomina is an architecture historian, theorist and curator. She is the founding director of the Program in Media and Modernity at Princeton University, the Howard Crosby Butler Professor of the History of Architecture and Director of Graduate studies in the School of Architecture. Colomina's books include: X-Ray Architecture (Lars Müller, 2019), and Are We Human? Notes on an Archeology of Design (Lars Müller, 2016), The Century of the Bed (Verlag für Moderne Kunst, 2015), Das Andere/The Other: A Journal for the Introduction of Western Culture into Austria (MAK Center for Art and Architecture, 2016), Manifesto Architecture: The Ghost of Mies (Sternberg, 2014), Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196X-197X (Actar, 2010), Domesticity at War (MIT Press, 2007), Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media (MIT Press, 1994), and Sexuality and Space (Princeton Architectural Press, 1992).
Sophie Debiasi Hochhäusl (Aggregate Families)
Sophie Debiasi Hochhäusl is an Assistant Professor for Architectural History and Theory at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design. Her scholarly work centers on modern architecture and urban culture in Austria, Germany, and the United States, with a focus on the history of social movements, environmental history, and women’s and gender studies. In the academic year 2017-2018 Professor Hochhäusl was the Frieda L. Miller Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced study at Harvard University. She is author of Otto Neurath – City Planning: Proposing a Socio-Political Map for Modern Urbanism (2012); and the forthcoming titles Housing Cooperative: Politics and Architecture in Vienna, 1904-1954, and Memories of the Resistance: Margarete Schütte-Lihotzky and the Architecture of Collective Dissidence, 1918-1989.
Sylvia Lavin (Cloud Natures)
Sylvia Lavin is a historian, critic and curator of architecture and design. She is Professor of Architecture at Princeton University and was Director of the Critical Studies program in the Department of Architecture and Urban Design at UCLA, where she was Chairperson from 1996 to 2006. She is author of Quatremère de Quincy and the Invention of a Modern Language of Architecture (MIT Press, 1992), Form Follows Libido: Architecture and Richard Neutra in a Psychoanalytic Culture (MIT Press, 2005), Kissing Architecture (Princeton University Press, 2011), and Flash in the Pan (Architectural Association, 2014), among other titles.
Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen (Primitive Domains)
Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen is Assistant Dean and Associate Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. Her scholarly work focuses on twentieth-century European and American architecture with interest in the genesis and meaning of architectural form within various national and historical contexts. Pelkonen is the author of Achtung Architektur! Image and Phantasm in Contemporary Austrian Architecture (MIT Press, 1996); Alvar Aalto: Architecture, Modernity and Geopolitics (Yale University Press, 2009); Exhibit A: Exhibitions that Transformed Architecture, 1948-2000 (Phaidon, 2019); a coeditor of Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future (Yale, 2006) and Architecture + Art: New Visions, New Strategies (Aalto Academy, 2007); and editor of Kevin Roche: Architecture as Environment (Yale, 2011).
Stephen Phillips (Urban Terrestrials)
Stephen Phillips is an architect, scholar, historian, and educator. He is co-curator of the exhibition Resident Alien: Austrian Architects in America. Phillips is principal architect at Stephen Phillips Architects (SPARCHS) and Professor of Architecture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He is the Founding Director of the Cal Poly Los Angeles Metropolitan Program in Architecture and Urban Design. Phillips is the author of L.A. [Ten]: Interviews on Los Angeles Architecture 1970s-1990s from (Lars Müller, 2014) and Elastic Architecture: Frederick Kiesler and Design Research in the First Age of Robotic Culture (MIT Press, 2017).
Group Panel Discussion Moderated by:
Elke Krasny is a curator, cultural theorist, urban researcher, and writer. She is Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and 2014 City of Vienna Visiting Professor at the Vienna University of Technology. Her theoretical and curatorial work is firmly rooted in socially engaged art and spatial practices, urban epistemology, post-colonial theory, and feminist historiography. Krasny is the co-author and editor of Critical Care: Architecture and Urbanism for a Broken Planet (MIT Press, 2019).
Axel Schmitzberger, AIA is an architect and graphic designer. He is co-curator of the exhibition Resident Alien: Austrian Architects in America. Schmitzberger is partner with Chris Lowe in the internationally award-winning design/build practice Domaen, Ltd. He is also Professor of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona and has taught at Art Center College of Design, Otis College, Chaoyang University of Technology in Taiwan, and the Fachschule Salzburg in Austria. Schmitzberger is the co-founder of Startfish-Prime, an experimental graphic design practice which worked with renowned institutions such as the MAK Center for Art and Architecture.
Please join us Thursday, February 13th at the Austrian Cultural Forum New York (ACFNY) for a closing exhibition reception, presentations, and moderated panel discussion with Beatriz Colomina, Sophie Hochhäusl, Elke Krasny, Sylvia Lavin, Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Stephen Phillips, and Axel Schmitzberger
Introduced by Michael Haider, Director, Austrian Cultural Forum New York and Stephen Phillips, AIA, Ph.D., professor, director, Cal Poly Los Angeles Metropolitan Program in Architecture and Urban Design (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo) and Axel Schmitzberger, AIA, Professor of Architecture at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.
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