Andrew Kudless: On Growth and Form

A concrete pavilion whose top extends upwards to create an irregular triangular grid roof.

Confluence Park by Matsys and Lake|Flato Architects. photo / Casey Dunn

Glanzer-Curtis Family Lecture Series

Andrew Kudless is a designer based in Houston, Texas, where he is the Bill Kendall Memorial Endowed Professor at the University of Houston’s Hines College of Architecture Design, as well as the director of the Advanced Media Technology Lab. In 2004, he founded Matsys, a design studio exploring the emergent relationships between architecture, engineering, biology, and computation. He holds a master of arts in emergent technologies and design from the Architectural Association, and a master of architecture from Tulane University. The work of Matsys has been exhibited internationally and is in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and the FRAC Centre in Orleans, France. His work on Confluence Park has won a number of awards including a 2019 AIA National Honor Award. In 2019, he became the first American designer to contribute to Louis Vuitton’s Objets Nomades collection.

Kudless will review the growth of his research, practice, and teaching over the last 10 years. From early projects to more recent projects like Confluence Park, Kudless will trace several themes through his work such as material computation, form as a diagram of force, representation in the age of automation, and nonhuman architectures. 


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