The Goethe-Institut New York presents What Is Green Architecture?, a series of conversations, lectures, and events exploring the cutting-edge developments in the field and their impact on contemporary life as well as implications for the future. The series continues with a talk by noted architect Prof. Werner Sobek, followed by a discussion moderated by Andres Lepik. Werner Sobek is Mies van der Rohe Professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology and head of the famous Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) of the University of Stuttgart. He studied architecture and structural engineering at the University of Stuttgart in Germany. As successor to architect Frei Otto and engineer Joerg Schlaich, Werner Sobek advocates a unique approach of bringing architects and engineers together, both during their training and in their professional activities. A particular focus lies on special structures in steel, glass, titanium, concrete, textiles and wood.
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Reinventing the American House: Domestic Architecture, Interiors, and Furniture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe
Dr. Patrick Snadon, Associate Professor of Architecture and Interior Design at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio will be giving a lecture on Benjamin Henry Latrobe (1764 - 1820), the first professional architect of international stature in America. Latrobe trained and practiced in England, traveled extensively in Europe, then immigrated to the United States where he captured the attention of President Thomas Jefferson, who commissioned him to complete the unfinished White House and the United States Capital. Latrobe also designed many other major buildings and engineering projects in the U.S. and combined his Enlightenment education, English practice, and European experiences with a keen observation of American manners and climate to create an entirely new house type for the new republic. In his "rational house", Latrobe introduced radically new spatial distributions, interior decor, and furniture designs.
Dr. Snadon simultaneously earned a bachelor of science degree in interior design and a bachelor of arts degree in art history from the University of Missouri. After obtaining a Master's degree in interior design from the University of Kentucky, he completed a doctorate in architecture from Cornell. Dr. Snadon has numerous publications to his credit, including The Domestic Architecture of Benjamin Henry Latrobe with Michael Fazio and he is the architectural historian and historic restoration consultant for two Latrobe Houses; Decatur House (1817) in Washington D.C. and Pope Villa in Lexington, Kentucky (1811 - 1813).