Architects in Conversation: Preston Scott Cohen & Stan Allen

Celebrated architect Preston Scott Cohen’s work has been described as “no longer bound by obedience to gravity or its Euclidian geometries.” On October 23, the National Academy will welcome Cohen to discuss his innovative new Lightfall design and other projects with fellow architect and educator Stan Allan. The conversation is part of “Architects in Conversation,” a series at the National Academy presenting current trends and significant projects in architecture and urban planning.

Architects in Conversation: Preston Scott Cohen & Stan Allen

Event Details:
Date: October 23, 2013, 6:30 – 8 PM
Location: The National Academy, 1083 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street, New York
Tickets: $15; Seniors and students: $10; AIA New York Chapter: $10
Free for National Academicians, Academy Patron and Friend members and Academy students

Allan and Cohen will discuss Cohen’s recent design, Lightfall, for the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, which has been heralded as a masterful response to conventional building. Lightfall is a dramatic vortex of spiraling surfaces bringing daylight into the subterranean galleries. The conversation will also touch on Cohen’s other spatially inventive projects, including the forthcoming Datong Library and Taiyuan Museum in China, and the Arcade Canopy in Lower Manhattan, which New York Times architecture critic Michael Kimmelman described in 2012 as “one of the best new works of architecture in New York City.”

Founder and Principal of Preston Scott Cohen, Inc., Cohen is Chair of the Department of Architecture and the Gerald M. McCue Professor of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. He is author of Contested Symmetries (2001), and numerous theoretical and historical essays on architecture.

Architect, educator, and National Academician Stan Allan served as Dean of the School of Architecture at Princeton University (2002-2012) where he is currently the Georges Dutton ’27 Professor of Architecture. Founder and Principal of Stan Allan Architect, his recent projects include the Taichung Infobox, Taichung, Taiwan and the Chosen Children Village Chapel, Tagaytay, Phillippines. He is the author of Landform Building: Architecture’s New Terrain (2011).

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