Architect Gunnar Birkerts to present his work at Paul Rudolph Foundation
June 24, 2010
As part of its ongoing Salon Series, the Paul Rudolph Foundation is hosting Gunnar Birkerts, FAIA, who will lead a discussion about his life and work. Born in Latvia in 1925, Birkerts belongs to the second wave of modernists who arrived in the United States from abroad, a group that includes Kevin Roche and Cesar Pelli among others. Educated at the Technische Hochschule in Stuttgart, Birkerts worked first with Eero Saarinen in his now-legendary office in Bloomfield Hills, MI, and later was chief designer for Minoru Yamasaki. At that time both Saarinen and Yamasaki were developing their distinctive architectural signatures and building their international renown. Subsequently Birkerts established his practice, evolving a design process and a philosophy with its own original profile. Birkerts’ designs, from the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis to the Corning Museum of Glass to the Houston Arts Museum and recently the Latvian National Library, show him exploring with ever-greater resource and inventiveness the expressive possibilities of symbol and metaphor.
Thursday June 24, 6:30-8:00pm
The Paul Rudolph Foundation
Modulightor, 246 East 58th Street