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The Tower and City

Millennium Talks, Salon 3, Tower+City

Presented by AIA Seattle Design Committee
AIA Seattle, 1911 1st Avenue
Wednesday 3/27 @ 6 pm

The event is free and open to the public
Jon Magnusson, PE, SE, of Magnusson Klemencic Associates will discuss the unique aspects of highrise structural systems and how have changes in technology, the mix of labor/material costs, architectural goals, and tenant desires driven new solutions over the decades.

Derek Pirozzi, Assoc. AIA, of Olson Kundig Architects, is the winner of the 2013 Evolo Skyscraper Competition for his entry “Polar Umbrella”.

Rob Corser, AIA, UW Professor, will moderate, providing insight to the future of tower design, mediating between current realities and future visions.

Jon Magnusson, PE, SE, of Magnusson Klemencic Associates, has provided structural engineering services for dozens of highrise buildings around the world over the last 38 years. He has worked on a ten major highrises in the Puget Sound area, including Columbia Center, Two Union Square, Gateway Tower, Pacific First Center, and the Seattle Federal Courthouse. He is an Honorary Member of both the Seattle Chapter and National AIA, a Distinguished Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Institution of Structural Engineers in London, and has been recognized with the Designer Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Institute of Steel Construction.

Rob Corser, is an architect and educator who has worked in the US, Italy and most recently at ARUP’s Advanced Geometry Unit in London. Educated at the University of Virginia and the Harvard GSD, he has won numerous awards including Harvard’s 2003 Peter Rice Prize. DesignIntelligence magazine named him one of the “30 Most Admired Educators” in design for 2013. He has taught at Syracuse University and the University of Kansas before joining the faculty at the University of Washington where he teaches design studios and digital fabrication courses and leads the Collab|Fab studio. His recent book, Fabricating Architecture –Selected Readings in Digital Design and Manufacturing, was published by Princeton Architectural Press. A review in Metropolis Magazine says of it: “This concise reader makes a perfect introduction to architecture’s digital revolution… (It) provides both a theoretical and a practical framework, challenging architects and students alike to think about the implications of a digitally based design culture.” Other recent design projects include: Scrapwood Shells, a parametric-jig approach to creating structurally efficient thin shell forms using common framing lumber waste, and Not Quite All the Doors at the ReStore, a proposal for pavilions made exclusively from recycled doors. Not Quite All the Doors was awarded 3rd prize in the Austin Art Alliance Temporary Outdoor Gallery Space international design competition.

Derek Pirozzi, Assoc. AIA, is the winner of the 2013 Evolo Tower Competition and intern at Olson Kundig Architects.

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