Photo credit: Ed Wheeler
Photo credit: Ed Wheeler

The Meaning Within Materials: Louis Kahn's Gift to Us with Stephen Kieran

September 14, 2017–6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Opening Reception:
Lecture and Reception:
Center for Architecture and Design
1218 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Free and open to the public
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In what ways are Louis Kahn’s ideas relevant to architecture today? Bringing a contemporary perspective to the 20th-century architect’s impact, Stephen Kieran will discuss recent cutting-edge projects initiated by KieranTimberlake, the award-winning Philadelphia architecture firm he co- founded in 1984.
Kieran will consider how Kahn’s continued influence on current contemporary art and architectural practices inform his firm’s approach to projects such as: SmartWrap™, an innovative, award-winning building material developed with DuPont; the MoMA-commissioned Cellophane House™; and their transformation of Philadelphia’s Dilworth Park at City Hall in 2014.
This program is presented in conjunction with Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture.
About Stephen Kieran
Stephen Kieran is a partner at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning architecture firm established in 1984 and a leader in practice-based architectural research and innovative buildings. He received a Bachelor of Art from Yale University, a Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, 1980-81. Along with his partner James Timberlake, Stephen received the first Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College of Fellows. KieranTimberlake has received numerous design citations including the 2008 AIA Architecture Firm Award, and the 2010 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture. Kieran has co-authored six books on architecture, including the influential book, refabricating Architecture. In addition to his architectural practice, he teaches a graduate research studio at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design, and has held professorships at the University of Washington, Yale University, the University of Michigan, and Princeton University.
Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture is organized by the Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein, in collaboration with the Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and the NAI part of The New Institute, Rotterdam. The exhibition is globally sponsored by Swarovski.
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In Philadelphia, funding for Louis Kahn: The Power of Architecture has been provided by the Edna W. Andrade Fund of The Philadelphia Foundation, Harvey S. Shipley Miller, the Shipley Miller Foundation; the LLWW Foundation and AKA | Korman Communities; Steven H. Korman; KieranTimberlake; Emanuel Kelly, Kelly/Maiello Inc.; and Atkin Olshin Schade Architects.
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Major support of FWM is provided by the Marion Boulton “Kippy” Stroud Foundation. FWM receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional operational support is provided by the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, Agnes Gund, and the Board of Directors and Members of The Fabric Workshop and Museum.
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