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Talk of Possible Interest: James Timberlake

January 24, 2018

This talk is certainly of interest to anyone interested in interdisciplinary research-driven design: 

The Macromolecules Innovation Institute and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies are hosting a public lecture by world-renowned architect James Timberlake on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the Moss Arts Center. Timberlake, whose projects include the new U.S. Embassy in London, will discuss how to harness materials science, construction, environmental science, and design to create beautiful, functional buildings for the 21st century.


How Do We See the Future (of Architecture)?

KieranTimberlake seeks ways to improve the art, quality, and craft of architecture by developing new materials, processes, assemblies, and products. This leads the firm to conduct deep investigations during design that bring together the diverse fields of architecture, environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and more. The result is a detailed and crafted architecture that is resonant and compelling to its users because it embodies the vision of its people and its place in the world. In this talk, James Timberlake will discuss ways the firm seeks great specificity of information to inform thoughtful and beautiful design.

James Timberlake, FAIA, LEED Fellow

James Timberlake is a partner at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning architecture firm recognized for its environmental ethos, research expertise, and innovative design and planning. James explores some of today’s most important topics, among them, efficient construction methods, resource conservation strategies, and novel use of building materials. Current clients include the US Department of State, New York University, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Under his guidance, KieranTimberlake has received over 200 design citations, including the AIA Firm Award in 2008 and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2010. A recipient of the Rome Prize in 1982-1983, James was also an inaugural recipient of the Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College of Fellows in 2001. He has co-authored six books on architecture, including the influential book refabricating Architecture. In addition to his architectural practice, James has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, Yale University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Texas at Austin, among other institutions. He was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve on the Board of the National Institute of Building Sciences in 2012.