Inaugural L. Michael Goldsmith Lecture focuses on future of architecture, university curriculum

March 12, 2010

On March 1, more than 100 AAP alumni and friends joined Dean Kent Kleinman and architecture Chair Dagmar Richter at AAP NYC to launch the L. Michael Goldsmith Lecture Series, dedicated to the memory of architect Michael Goldsmith (B.Arch. ’72). The speakers and panel participants were Peter Gluck, founding principal of Peter Gluck and Partners; David Lewis (M.A. HAUD ’92), founding partner of Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis; and William Sharples, founding principal of SHoP Architects. 

“Tonight we will attempt to take stock of the changing relationship between those who design and those who construct architectural works,” said Kleinman during his introduction. “We are here to learn from three distinguished architects who have authored not just projects of great originality, but who have also challenged the very mode of delivering those projects.” 

After presentations by each of the speakers, they joined Richter, who moderated a discussion about the value of design-build as a tool for curriculums at universities and the future of the role of architects in the profession. The conversation, which was spirited at times, hinged on the importance of instilling a knowledge of, and a respect for, the logistics of building and construction in young students. 

The L. Michael Goldsmith Lecture will be held annually at AAP NYC.

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