University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Art and Art History

15th ANNUAL ROLAND BATTEN MEMORIAL LECTURE on Architecture and Design

will be presented by Michael Wisniewski of Duncan • Wisniewski Architecture

THE 15th ANNUAL ROLAND BATTEN MEMORIAL LECTURE on Architecture and  Design

will be presented by  Michael Wisniewski of Duncan • Wisniewski Architecture

Wednesday NOVEMBER  12th at 6:00 P.M. in

301 WILLIAMS HALL at The University of Vermont.

Michael Wisniewski will be speaking on 

A CLEAN, WELL-LIGHTED PLACE

Our Adventures in Architecture For The Not So Privileged.

Page through the history of architecture and you will be thrilled and dazzled by public structures and spaces as well as palatial mansions for the privileged and powerful but you won't find much about housing for regular people.

After a brief look at multi- family housing in recent history, we will tour a series of exceedingly modest buildings and neighborhoods completed or on the drawing boards.  We will explore the economic and permitting forces that shape and constrain design in the non-profit world.  We have slowly learned some things but that doesn't mean there won't be a lot of angst over not being able to do more. 

The title is taken from a short story by Ernest Hemingway.

BIO

Born in Buffalo, NY;  a noble, architecture laden city crumbling in the face of larger forces.  The house he grew up in made the evening news when a SWAT team halted its career as a crack-house.  A psychology major, a carpenter and then - surprise - a 1978 BArch graduate from Cornell University.

In 1985 formed Duncan • Wisniewski Architecture with Bob Duncan.  Completed a wide range of projects including the Williston Rest Areas.  A significant portion of DWA work is with non-profit partnerships creating affordable housing and other service oriented buildings.

The lecture is sponsored by the Roland Batten Memorial Fund, Truex/Cullens and Partners Architects, and The University of Vermont’s Visiting Artists, Art Critics and Art Historians Lecture Series.  

The events are free and open to the public.

For more information about the lecture, please call the UVM Art Department at 802 656-2014 or artdept@uvm.edu.

*Williams Halls is wheelchair accessible.