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Posted 02.15.12


Pratt Institute

Pratt Presents Exhibitions on Theoharis David



Allegra GSP Sport Center, by Theoharis David, Nicosia, Cyprus. [Photo by C. Artemis]

The Pratt School of Architecture will celebrate architect, alumnus and longtime professor Theoharis David with two exhibitions and related events in 2012.

David is Professor of Architecture at Pratt. He formerly chaired Pratt's Graduate Architecture Program and was faculty president of the School of Architecture. In addition, he is a visiting professor at the University of Cyprus and design principal of his own firm, Theo. David Architects TDA+KAL, located in both New York City and in Nicosia, Cyprus. As design principal, he has been responsible for the design of sports stadiums, educational and medical facilities, religious structures, extensive residential complexes and private residences, and the creation of comprehensive master plans for major leisure and mixed-use development. His work as an architect and as an educator has been exhibited and published worldwide.

All events are free and open to the public.

Built Ideas: A Life of Teaching, Learning, and Action
March 2 30, 2012

Hazel and Robert H. Siegel Gallery
Higgins Hall, 61 St. James Place, Brooklyn
Lecture: March 1, 6 p.m.
Opening Reception: March 1, 7 – 9 p.m.

"Built Ideas" will open on March 1 with a lecture by David titled "Talking About You," introduced by the visionary architect Lebbeus Woods, followed by a reception with live jazz and Greek food. The exhibition is curated and designed by Christoph a. Kumpusch, adjunct assistant professor, and includes 19 mostly realized works, which demonstrate the interweaving of four primary architectural idea themes: Ground/Topio, Precedent/Proigoumeno, Symbolism/Symvolismos and Art/Techni. It features significant works by the architect in Cyprus and New York. Also on view will be the work of David's students, which date from the start of his teaching career in 1969 at Pratt and in Nicosia, Athens, Barcelona and Rome, and have been developed in parallel with his own work. "Built Ideas" will travel to Cyprus and will be accompanied by a 80-page catalog with texts by Woods, a. Kumpusch and Pratt School of Architecture Dean Thomas Hanrahan.

An Architect Drawing
February 17 – September 28, 2012

President's Office Gallery
Main Building, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn
Opening Reception: February 16, 4:30 7 p.m.

"An Architect Drawing" will be celebrated with an opening reception on February 16. The 55 drawings in this exhibition fall into four series: Roma, Petra Jerash, Moscow St. Petersburg and The World Trade Center. The Roma series combines drawings from memories of Italy that relate to a specific place or event with descriptive text. The Petra Jerash series includes ephemeral drawings that portray the passage of time in two Jordanian cities, bringing with it the erosion of memory and erosion by natural forces. The Moscow St. Petersburg series represents Russia's past and present, including architectural artifacts of an imperial era that have been re-gilded and are now experienced as contemporary. The World Trade Center series, drawn on a bleak afternoon in December 2001, records a moment of mourning and a void that was filled with the kinetic architecture of reconstruction. "An Architect Drawing" will be accompanied by a catalog with an essay by Joel Agee.

For more information on the two David exhibitions, see the announcement on the Pratt Institute website.

Spring Lectures

The Pratt Institute also has a full slate of lectures this spring. On the Brooklyn campus, the School of Architecture lecture series includes sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard, architect Peter Eisenman in conversation with Pratt professor Catherine Ingraham, architect Craig Dykers (Snøhetta), engineer Craig Schwitter (Buro Happold), poet Tracie Morris, architect Farshid Moussavi, and a graduate student conference, "Theoretical Lenses on Occupy Wall Street." On the Manhattan campus, the Program for Sustainable Planning and Development lecture series follows four thematic tracks: "Environmental Justice in New York," "Keeping It Cool: Fighting Climate Change with Preservation," "Insider Case Study of an NYC Development Project," and "Construction Management / Facilities Management."

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