Dan Kaplan Lecture: Climate | Culture | Myth: Explorations in Sustainable Architecture and Urbanism
Department of Architecture Spring 2011 Lecture Series
Daniel J. Kaplan (B.Arch. ’84) is a senior partner at FXFOWLE Architects and the design director of FXFOWLE’s Urban Studio where his passion and preoccupation is sustainable city building. The studio’s mission is to explore and investigate the intersection of architecture, urban planning, and sustainable innovation. By combining these interrelated areas of focus, design and sustainability are addressed through an appreciation for the urban condition. Kaplan and the Urban Studio approach each project, from individual buildings to large-scale urban plans, with the viewpoint that it must contribute to the larger context. Kaplan’s unique approach was honored in 2010 by World Architecture News and the Architectural Review; his Nordhavnen: City Regenerative project in Copenhagen was recognized with top honors in urban design for 2009. He continues to evolve his design vision through architectural investigation, teaching, and commissioned work. As part of his ongoing commitment to design research and exploration, Kaplan remains connected to academia. He recently taught a master of architecture studio at AAP NYC as well as a seminar that explored the marriage of design invention with environmental performance in the building envelope. He has been as guest critic and lecturer at many architectural schools nationally and internationally including Columbia University; New Jersey Institute of Technology; University of Puerto Rico; and Mackenzie University, Sao Paolo, Brazil. Kaplan serves on AAP’s Alumni Advisory Council.