IIDA Headquarters, Chicago, IL
Ken Wilson, FIIDA, FAIA, Envision Design, Washington D.C.
Date: October 2, 2015
Time: 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Kent Larson, Director, Changing Places, MIT Media Laboratory and MIT Living Labs
Kent Larson directs the MIT Media Lab's Changing Places group. Since 1998 he has also directed the MIT House_n research consortium in the School of Architecture and Planning. His current research focuses on four related areas: responsive urban housing, new urban vehicles, ubiquitous technologies, and living lab experiments. He practiced architecture for 15 years in New York City, with work published in The New York Times, Architectural Record, and Global Architecture among others. His book, Louis I. Khan: Unbuilt Masterworks was selected as one of the "Ten Best Books in Architecture, 2000" by The New York Times Review of Books.
Sarah Herda, the Director of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts in Chicago, is credited with transforming the Foundation’s headquarters, the historic Madlener House, into a world-class public venue for architecture exhibitions and building one of Chicago’s most celebrated public programs. Herda was named to Icon Magazine’s 20/20—a list of 20 architects and 20 designers who are changing the way we work and think. Herda is currently Co-Artistic Director of the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial taking place October 2015 to January 2016.
Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society. In addition to an international grants program, the Graham Foundation produces an important program of exhibitions and lectures that feature the work of internationally renowned architects, artists, historians, and critics.