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Look Who's Talking: The Spring 2015 CoAD Lecture Series Features Big Names in Architecture

On Feb. 23, David Childs, famed architect of One World Trade Center, spoke about architecture as it intersects with culture, politics, sustainability and resiliency, kicking off an ambitious spring 2015 College of Architecture and Design (CoAD) lecture series, curated by associate professor Richard Garber.

Two weeks later, Thomas Balsley, founder and principal designer of Thomas Balsley Associates, stopped by to discuss the process, design and tactics of urban placemaking. The highly sought-after landscape architect’s expertise was a welcome treat given NJIT’s increasing interest in landscape urbanism and ecology.

Be sure to mark your calendars!

The engrossing dialogue continues as more designers and architects make their way to NJIT to engage with CoAD students.

March 9: There will be an interesting lecture given by architects Michael Smith and Alejandro Vallejo from Entre Nos Atelier based in Costa Rica. They will chat about their ongoing work in Costa Rica, where the level of engineering and design is more sophisticated than ever. “We pursue, through collaboration and participation, to encourage a feeling of appropriation,” says the duo, “where the designer disappears once the project is completed, and the user and context become the true protagonists."

March 23: Mark Tsurumaki, a partner with LTL Architects, which is a well-known, New York City-based design intensive architecture firm founded in 1997, will discuss intensification and the recent work of the firm’s architects.

April 8: There will be an alumni-networking event for students at noon inside the CoAD loft with Marc Parette, who graduated from NJIT with a B.Arch in 1987. He runs Parette Somjen Architects in Rockaway, N.J., a 25-year-old architectural firm staffed with licensed architects, LEED specialists, engineers, professional planners and interior designers licensed in 14 states. Parette will discuss his work, speak with students about their interests and provide details about upcoming career opportunities at his growing practice.

April 9: The Annual Design Showcase will take place at 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. in Weston Hall. The celebration of design excellence produced by students and alumni of CoAD will also feature a lecture by award-winning architects Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto (5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.), who created RUR Architecture, an internationally recognized New York City-based multidisciplinary architectural design firm.

All lectures are free, open to the public and held on Mondays, 5:30 p.m. at the CoAD Weston Lecture Hall unless otherwise noted.

The 2015 lecture series is registered with the AIA Continuing Education System (AIA/CES) and offers learning units, which may be self-reported.

For more information or reservations, please call 973.596.3080.