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10/25/17, 6pm - 8pm
Center for Architecture
1.5 LU / 1.5 HSW

Fifty years ago social scientists radically intercepted architectural training and professional practice. The field remains indelibly impacted yet far from transformed. Under what conditions have social scientists challenged the culture of architectural education and practice? Which areas remain unchallenged? How has the design field risen to meet different social agendas? Join us for a lively evening and hear from luminaries and new voices. Panelists will connect the historic events of this fifty-year period to the evolution of the field and design practices. 

Sharon Sutton, FAIA, Professor Emerita of Architecture, Urban Design and Planning, and Social Work, University of Washington
Rich Wener, Professor of Environmental Psychology in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University
Camilla Siggaard Andersen, Project Architect, Gehl New York

Moderator: Tomas Rossant, AIA, Partner, Ennead Architects

Camilla Siggaard Andersen is a Danish architect and urban planner, working at Gehl Copenhagen since 2013, and at Gehl New York since 2016. At Gehl, her role has been to carry out public space/public life studies and strategies, creating public space plans, facilitating action-oriented planning, and consulting on public life in smart and digital cities. Currently, she is working to structure how cities collect, store, and manage public life data, to build a shared language for understanding how the physical environment impacts people’s quality of life (the Public Life Data Protocol). This project, which is hosted by Gehl Institute, should help city managers gain insights into how their decisions impact their citizens, while giving citizens greater opportunities for participating in the co-creation of their city.

Andersen has been on the Social Science and Architecture Committee since 2016, she is a digital advisor to the 4th Regional Plan, and she is on the Expert Panel of Laka Accelerator. She was recently awarded a Fellowship at the NYU for Emerging Leaders in Transportation. Andersen also has experience teaching “Strategies for Urban Liveability” at the Danish Institute for Study Abroad in Copenhagen. 

Tomas Rossant, AIA, is a founding Design Partner of Ennead Architects. His work is recognized for design excellence and his projects have received numerous AIA Design Awards as well as other local, regional and national design awards. Projects completed under Tomas’ design leadership include: the headquarters for WGBH, Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, The Beus Center for Law and Society at Arizona State University, the renovation of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, the expansion of Kansas State University’s College of Architecture, Planning, & Design, and the Masterplan for Yaddo, the historic artist colony in New York State.

Rossant was the 2015 President of AIANY, the former President of the Fine Arts Federation of New York, a founding board member of Design Onscreen, the former chairman of the board of the Jose Limon Dance Foundation, and he has served on the advisory board of Design Colloquium. Rossant is now focused on expanding the role of the architect as the catalyst for more interdisciplinary research and strategic planning for cultural, healthcare, and higher education institutions. He believes in social engineering.

Sharon Sutton, FAIA,
 is a public scholar who promotes inclusivity in the cultural makeup of the city-making professions and in the populations they serve, and also advocates for participatory planning and design processes in disenfranchised communities. She has served on the faculties of Pratt Institute, Columbia University, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Michigan, and the University of Washington.

Sutton, who previously practiced architecture in New York City, was the twelfth African American woman to be licensed to practice architecture, the first to be promoted to full professor of architecture, the second to be elected a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the first to be president of the National Architectural Accrediting Board. She holds five academic degrees—in music, architecture, philosophy, and psychology—and has studied graphic art internationally. Sutton’s scholarship explores America’s continuing struggle for racial justice. Her funding has come from the Ford Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and Hewlett Foundation, among others. Her latest book, When Ivory Towers Were Black: A Story about Race in America’s Cities and Universities, portrays what was undoubtedly the nation’s most audacious effort to recruit African American and Latino students to Columbia University’s School of Architecture.

Sutton received the Medal of Honor from both AIA New York and AIA Seattle, and the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award from AIA National. She is a distinguished professor of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and an inductee into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame. Currently, Sutton is professor emerita of architecture, urban design, and social work at the University of Washington and professor at large in New York City.

Richard E. Wener is Professor of Environmental Psychology in the Department of Technology, Culture and Society at the Tandon School of Engineering of New York University, where he directs the Sustainable Urban Environments program, and is a faculty affiliate of the Rutgers University Center for Green Building. He has served as president of Division 34 of the American Psychological Association and on the Board of Directors of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA), and in 2013 was given EDRA’s Career Achievement Award. In 2010 Professor Wener was a Fulbright Fellow at the Vienna University of Technology. For more than thirty years Professor Wener has studied the way correctional architecture affects facility operations and the behavior of staff and inmates, leading to his 2012 book The Environmental Psychology of Prisons and Jails: Creating Humane Spaces in Secure Settings. He is currently serving as managing editor with the International Committee of the Red Cross on a manual for humane prison design. He has also studied the impacts of user behavior on the efficiency of green buildings, and factors affecting commuter stress. 

Organized by: 
AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee

Price: Free for AIA members and students with valid ID; $10 for general public
Organized by
AIANY Social Science and Architecture Committee
10/25/17, 6pm - 8pm
Center for Architecture
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