Architect Bernard Tschumi to Talk at Carnegie Lecture Hall


New Acropolis Museum. Photograph: Christian Richters, used with permission.

Architect Bernard Tschumi lectures at Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland, on Friday, February 27. Organized by the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University and co-sponsored by the Heinz Architectural Center at Carnegie Museum of Art, Tschumi’s lecture promises to be a stimulating presentation of work in the forefront of architectural culture.

Bernard Tschumi is today perhaps best known for his New Acropolis Museum, completed in 2009 close to the historic Acropolis in Athens, Greece. Born and educated in Switzerland, Tschumi is truly a transatlantic architect, operating his practice from offices in Paris and New York. Here at the Heinz Architectural Center, we are lucky to have four drawings or montages from Tschumi’s early Manhattan Transcripts series, a theoretical project from the late 1970s in which architecture is defined as much by event or narrative as by traditional building form.

In the 1980s, Tschumi won the competition for an urban park at La Villette in the northeast quarter of Paris. The most radical of the grands projets initiated by President François Mitterand, La Villette is informed by Tschumi’s close attention to contemporary philosophy and film theory. His subsequent appointment as Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning at Columbia University led to a remarkable 15-year leadership that embraced new computer technologies and a new generation of architectural thinkers.

Last summer the Pompidou Center in Paris hosted an extensive retrospective of Tschumi’s work, a rare accolade for a contemporary architect. See my review here for New York’s Architects’ Newspaper. Carnegie Lecture Hall can be accessed directly from Schenley Drive or from the rear of the Museum of Art. The lecture will commence promptly at 5:30 and is free to all.