Frano Violich: Material Measures

Department of Architecture Spring 2014 Lecture Series

Frano Violich is a founding principal at KVA Matx (Kennedy and Violich Architecture), an interdisciplinary design practice which engages material fabrication, digital technology, and the conservation of natural resources to expand the public life of buildings and cities. Violich studied Studio Art at the University of California–Irvine before completing his undergraduate studies in architecture at the University of California–Berkeley. He received his master of architecture from Harvard GSD. Violich has served as design commissioner with the Boston Society of Architects, cochaired the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts Advisory Board, and currently serves on the editorial board of Architecture Boston. Violich was elected to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2009.

Violich's early independent public art work is in the permanent collection of the Museo de Arte Contemporanea in Merida, Yucatan, and has been shown at MASS MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts. He has collaborated with his partner, Sheila Kennedy, on numerous installations funded through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mass Cultural Council and has exhibited their work at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the International Rotterdam Biennale, the Vitra Design Museum in Germany, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Recently, Violich's architectural firm completed a 5-1/2-mile redevelopment of the Minneapolis Riverfront, the 34th Street Ferry Terminal in New York City, a net-zero housing project  for the Internationale Bauaustellung in Hamburg, Germany, and is overseeing the construction of an anthropology building at Harvard University. He and Kennedy recently launched the Portable Light (PL) Project Brazil, developed in partnership with Energias do Brasil and the Inter-American Development Bank to support communities living in the Tapajós, Arapiuns, and Amazonas rivers. The PL Project was included in The Global Journal’s “Top-100 NGO’s for 2012.”