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Visiting Faculty Lecture: Lawrence Blough

November 19, 2018
Noon
Kemp Auditorium, Givens Hall

Visiting professor Lawrence Blough is principal of GRAFTWORKS Design Research and a professor with tenure at the Pratt Institute School of Architecture. Before founding GRAFTWORKS in 1999, he worked in the offices of Peter Eisenman and Antoine Predock and was a senior associate at Architecture Theatre, a nonprofit architecture and urbanism foundation in New Haven, Connecticut. His projects and collaborations have been widely published both in the United States and abroad and exhibited at institutions such as Temple University, Museum of Modern Art, Locust Projects in Miami, CAUE 92 in France, Yale University, and Pratt Institute. In 2005 GRAFTWORKS was a finalist in the PS1/MoMA Young Architects Program.

The recipient of multiple funding awards for design research, Blough is the inaugural 2018-19 Structurist Fellow, a juried prize from the University of Saskatchewan. He will be investigating new communitarian typologies based on the sharing paradigm culminating in an exhibition and lecture. Previously, Blough and Simone Giostra were awarded the 2013-2014 Pratt Innovation Fund, seed money to research building integrated solar thermal façade applications for New York City's housing stock. Blough was also a recipient of a 2010-2011 New York State Council on the Arts Independent Projects Award, a grant sponsored by Storefront for Art and Architecture to develop an innovative aerated concrete textile block wall and vault system. His current fabrication and design research has been published in the book Matter: Material Processes in Architectural Production (book chapter contribution) and presented at conferences such as the 11th Conference on Building Skins in Bern, The Expanding Periphery and the Migrating Center at the ACSA 103rd Annual Meeting in Toronto, Façade Tectonics 8 at the University of Southern California, and Acadia 2010 Life In:formation at the Cooper Union, among others.

Blough earned a Bachelor of Architecture from Tulane University, where he was awarded a commendation with special distinction for outstanding thesis, and a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University.

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