Tonight in Brooklyn, New York – Architect, alumnus and longtime Pratt Architecture Professor Theoharis David, FAIA, will deliver a lecture which will be introduced by visionary architect Lebbeus Woods reflecting on David’s 43 years as a teacher through the work of his former students, many of whom have gone on to become accomplished architects and teachers. The lecture will be followed by an opening reception for “Built Ideas: A Life of Teaching, Learning, and Action,” an exhibition of models, photos, and concept drawings by David that will be on view at The School of Architecture through March 30. The Pratt’s Department of Exhibitions are also presenting “An Architect Drawing,” an exhibition of drawings and texts from David’s architectural experiences through September 28.
Tonight’s lecture is open to the public; however please note that seating priority is reserved for members of the Pratt community at 5:30PM and members of the public will be admitted at 5:50PM. Continue reading for more information.
“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 Lecture: March 1 at 6 PM Opening Reception: March 1, 7-9 PM Gallery Hours: 9 AM-5 PM Daily
“Built Ideas” is curated and designed by Christoph a. Kumpusch, adjunct assistant professor, Pratt Institute. The exhibition includes 19 mostly realized works, which demonstrate the interweaving of four primary architectural idea themes: Ground/Topio, Precedent/Proigoumeno, Symbolism/Symvolismos, and Art/Techni. The Built Ideas exhibited include significant works of the architect in Cyprus such as sports stadia and arenas, private residences, urban housing, educational facilities, and hybrid corporate structures. David’s New York projects include recognized religious buildings and a proposal for a Greek Orthodox Church at the World Trade Center site.
“Ideas can become buildings and buildings can sponsor ideas. The exceptional thing about Theo’s work is that he works in both directions–simultaneously,” said a. Kumpusch. “The show is about authorship, tangibility, and genius,” he added.
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, Cyprus; Athens, Greece; Barcelona, Spain; and Rome, Italy and have been developed in parallel with his own work.
“Built Ideas” will travel to Cyprus, Greece, and will be accompanied by a 80-page catalog with text contributions 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 Opening Reception: February 16, 4:30-7PM Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday, 10AM to 4 PM
The 55 drawings exhibited in “An Architect Drawing” 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 noted author Joel Agee.
“Built Ideas” is made possible in part with generous support from the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus, with additional support from the Dean’s Office of the School of Architecture and the Department of Architecture at the University of Cyprus.
Theoharis David, FAIA In addition to his work at Pratt, David, an American of Cypriot descent, 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. He formerly chaired Pratt’s Graduate Architecture Program and was faculty president of the School of Architecture.
David is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and the Institute for Urban Design, and serves on the boards of the Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Cyprus Cultural Foundation, and the Congress of International Modern Architects, of which he is a former president. In addition, he is a nominator for the Aga Khan Award for projects that set new standards of excellence in architecture, preservation, and planning. David is a former elected member of the Honors Committee of AIA NY, and has served as chair of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter’s Design Awards Program and former chair of the American Planning Association New York Metro Chapter’s Waterfront Committee. He has a bachelor of architecture degree from Pratt Institute and a master of architecture degree from Yale University, where he studied under Serge Chermayeff and Paul Rudolph.
His architecture has received a number of awards, including the New York City Bard Honor Award, the Cyprus Architects Association Prize in Architecture, the Cyprus State Award for Architecture, an Architect magazine award, a New York State AIA Citation for Design, and an Architects Designers, Planners for Social Responsibility Award. His work has also been nominated for the European Union’s Mies van der Rohe Award.
*Text provided by the Pratt Institute.