This month the Pratt Institute spring lecture series will include Robert Sanna, Guy Nordensen, Jose Koechlin and Denise Koechlin, and Pualo Portoghesi with Catherine Ingraham, covering topics that range from environmental disaster engineering to eco-tourism in Peru’s Machu Picchu.
Executive Vice President and Director of Forest City Ratner Companies Robert Sanna will deliver a lecture, titled “Development as a Contact Sport,” on Thursday, April 14 at 6:30 PM at Pratt Manhattan at 144 West 14th Street, Room 213. Sanna’s career has been focused in the New York Metropolitan area for the last two decades and his firm is responsible for many new additions. Sanna currently oversees the pre-construction development of the Atlantic Yards project.
Guy Nordensen, structural engineer and professor at Princeton University, will talk on Thursday, April 14 at 6 PM in Higgins Hall Auditorium at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn. Nordensen is commissioner and secretary of the New York City Public Design Commission and is also active in environmental disaster engineering. Nordensen’s firm, Guy Nordsenson and Associates, recently completed projects including the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.
CEO Jose Koechlin and designer Denise Koechlin of Inkaterra, a Peruvian eco-tourism institution, will speak on Monday, April 18 at 12:30 PM in Higgins Hall South, Room 111, at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn. Their lecture, “Design of the Pueblo Nature Center at Machu Picchu,” will highlight Inkaterra’s mission to conserve Peru’s natural and cultural heritage. Jose and Denise Koechlin have engineered projects including sustainable hotel development, environmental protection programs, ecology research, and community farming.
Architect and historian Paulo Portoghesi will conclude the spring 2011 lecture series with a conversation with Pratt Professor of Architecture Catherine Ingraham on Monday, April 18 at 6 PM in Higgins Hall Auditorium at 61 St. James Place in Brooklyn. Portoghesi is professor of architecture at the University La Sapienza in Rome, where he specializes in classical architecture. His latest architectural design nearing completion is the Strasbourg Mosque in France.