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Lecture by Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto / Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture

Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 7 - 9pm

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Taipei Pop Music Center. Courtesy of RUR Kaohsiung Port Terminal model. Courtesy of RUR

CURRENT WORK: Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto, Resier + Umemoto RUR Architecture

"Projection and Reception"

Introduced and Moderated by Anthony Vidler, Dean

Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto, principals of Reiser + Umemoto RUR Architecture, will present their firm’s recent and current work.  Founded in 1986, Reiser + Umemoto’s New York City-based practice has an international collection of projects, yet considers each as the continuation of an ongoing inquiry, delving into relationships between architecture, territory, and systems of distribution.
Recent projects include O-14, a 22-story exoskeletal office tower in Dubai, and residences in Jerusalem, New York, and New Jersey.  The firm’s current work includes projects commissioned through two recently won international competitions: the Taipei Pop Music Center and the Kaohsiung Port Terminal, both scheduled to begin construction in 2012.

Their O-14 Building has received numerous honors, including the Concrete Industry Board’s 2009 Award of Merit and the American Council of Engineering Companies’ 2009 Diamond Award.  A monograph of the project, O-14: Projection and Reception, is currently in production by AA Publications.  Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto were awarded the Chrysler Award for Excellence in Design in 1999 and received the Academy Award in Architecture by the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000.  In 2008 they were awarded the Presidential Citation from The Cooper Union for outstanding practical and theoretical contributions to the field of Architecture, and in April 2011, they were honored with the John Hejduk Award, also from The Cooper Union.

Both partners have taught at a number of academic institutions. Reiser is currently an Associate Professor of Architecture and director of graduate studies for the M.Arch program at Princeton University’s School of Architecture.

Co-sponsored by the Architecture League of New York

Admission is free for League members and The Cooper Union students/faculty/staff, and $15 for non-members.

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.