New French Architecture: Luma Arles Center for the Arts

Wednesday, April 28 at 6:00 p.m.
$15 Single Lecture / $30 Three-Lecture Series
Online via Zoom · In English
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Luma Arles is a new contemporary art center that brings together artists, researchers, and creators from every field to collaborate on multi-disciplinary works and exhibitions. Located south of Arles’ historic city center, the project repurposes the industrial ruins of a 16-acre rail depot and introduces a new public park. Selldorf Architects is part of a core team of designers including Frank Gehry and Bas Smets working on the complex. In addition to contributing to the overall master plan, Selldorf Architects is designing the renovation and conversion of five  original structures into two new exhibition facilities, a hotel, a visitor center and café, as well as a dance studio and artists’ residence.

SpeakerSara Lopergolo, Partner at Selldorf Architects

Ms. Lopergolo is a Partner at Selldorf Architects with three decades of professional experience and has been with the firm for over 20 years. She has worked on many of the firm’s major projects including large-scale new construction and cultural facilities. Ms. Lopergolo is currently Partner-in-Charge for the expansion and renovation of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and the expansion and enhancement of The Frick Collection. Additionally, she has significant experience with ground-up construction having served as Partner-in-Charge on large-scale projects such as the Sunset Park Material Recovery Facility in Brooklyn and 200 Eleventh Avenue, a 19-story residential condominium in New York City. Ms. Lopergolo received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University, and has studied and worked in England, Italy, and Japan. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Treasurer of the Board of Open House New York and sits on the Advisory Board of Syracuse University School of Architecture.

Chairs, New French Architecture Series: Ann Thompson, AIA and Pauline Kurtides, AIA (Sheehan)

Chairs, Symposium on the Arts of France: Myriam Bransfield and Mary Blust

Host Committee in formation

Host Committee: Bill Abromitis • Melissa Babcock • Anne Hill Bird • Suzette Bulley • Gabriela Cleveland • Mary Ellen Connellan • Joan Craig, AIA, LEED AP • Sandy Faurot, AIA • Susan Faurot • Lili Gaubin • Conery Hoffman • Gail Hoffman • Corbin Horn • Leslie Logsdon • Miranda Maxfield • Florent Mettetal, AICP • Janis Notz • Jim Prendergast, FAIA, IIDA • Meg Prendergast, IIDA • Cheryl Sandner • Kristina Schneider • Marc Sievers • Liz Stiffel • Noren Ungaretti • Karen Zupko

Learn more about the Luma Arles project and register for the lecture on April 28th! 

This lecture is presented by the Alliance Française de Chicago in partnership with Selldorf Architects as part of our New French Architecture Series, a companion series to the Symposium on the Arts of France.


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