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Architecture and Design Council Lecture: Seismic Zone

Join us for the first Architecture and Design Council lecture of the 2013-2014 season, with Charles Renfro, AIA, of Diller Scofidio + Renfro. Over the past decade this dynamic New York-based firm has produced such well-known and acclaimed works as the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Creative Art Center at Brown University, the redesign and expansion of the Juilliard School/Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and the High Line, a former elevated rail line transformed into an urban park that weaves through Chelsea in New York. More recently, Diller Scofidio + Renfro has turned its sights to the West Coast, with projects such as The Broad in downtown Los Angeles, the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, and Stanford University's McMurtry Building for the Department of Art and Art History, all currently under construction.

Renfro and his partners, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, carefully establish a problem that the work itself must resolve, creating what he calls the building's "gentle aggression," allowing the project both to oppose and complement its surroundings.  "Our designs grow seamlessly out of an existing space, tapping into its DNA, but giving it an entirely new image and public resonance" says Renfro.

The studio has received numerous awards and recognition and its work has been exhibited worldwide at museums and institutions. Renfro, a visiting professor at Columbia University since 2000, has taught at Rice and other institutions. Additionally, he has served on the board of Storefront for Art and Architecture since 2009, and as its president since 2011. With numerous projects in the works, we look forward to hearing from Renfro about DS+R's creative process and his take on the world of architecture and design.

This event is free for ADC members, and $15 for nonmembers. Please contact the Box Office at 760-325-4490 for tickets or visit the website. A reception in the Marcuse Sculpture Garden will follow the lecture.

SPONSORED BY Jim Gaudineer, Galleria