THE 14 ANNUAL ROLAND BATTEN MEMORIAL LECTURE on Architecture and Design will be presented by Matthys Levy
Wednesday OCTOBER 23 rd at 5:30 P.M. in
301 WILLIAMS HALL at The University of Vermont.
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 email@example.com.
*Williams Halls is wheelchair accessible.
Matthys Levy will be speaking on
THE ENGINEERING of ARCHITECTURE
working with the 20th Century’s Iconic Architects ideas- collaboration-execution
The twentieth century stands out as the time when architecture, engineering and art interacted as in no time since the Renaissance. What was unique about this period is that the creative process included an orchestra of specialists working as a team with the architect including structural engineers, mechanical engineers, and often artists. This was a golden age of collaboration that brought us many of the iconic structures we still admire.
When you think of modern architects after FL Wright names including Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, Eero Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe, IM Pei, Wally Harrison, Gyo Obata (HOK), Gordon Bunshaft (SOM.) come to mind. Matthys Levy has worked with all of them except for van der Rohe. This was a time when structural expression was the norm and Levy , as a structural engineer, was in a position to influence the final appearance of buildings designed. How these and other architects and artists allowed structural expression to create unique buildings will be the topic of this presentation.
Ideas, collaboration and execution.
Matthys P. Levy is a founding Principal and Chairman Emeritus of Weidlinger Associates, Consulting Engineers. He was born in Switzerland graduated from the City College of New York and Columbia University where he served as an adjunct professor. He is a frequent lecturer at universities, professional conferences and public venues.
Mr. Levy is the recipient of many awards including the ASCE Innovation in Civil Engineering Award and the Egleston medal from Columbia University. He has published numerous papers in the field of structures, computer analysis, aesthetics and building systems design, has illustrated two books and is the co-author of Why Buildings Fall Dow, Structural Design in Architecture, Why the Earth Quakes, Earthquakes, Volcanoes & Tsunamis, and Engineering the City. His most recent book, Why the Wind Blows, a history of weather and global warming,, was published in 2007.
Levy is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers and other professional societies. He is also a founding director of the Salvadori Center that serves youngsters by teaching mathematics and science through motivating hands-on learning about the built environment.
Projects for which he was the principal designer include the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History; the Javits Convention Center and the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York; the Georgia Dome in Atlanta and the La Plata Stadium in Argentina that feature his patented Tenstar Dome. Mr. Levy has also served as an expert in forensic investigations including the World Trade Center Collapses in New York