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OUT OF PRACTICE: Gregg Pasquarelli / SHoP Architects

Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 7 - 9pm

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Courtesy of SHoP

Courtesy of SHoP


Moderated by Mark Robbins

Gregg Pasquarelli, founding partner with Christopher Sharples, Coren Sharples, Kimberly Holden, and William Sharples of the New York firm SHoP Architects, will present the office’s current projects with a focus on how the firm seeks to reinvent the business model of architectural practice. As both practitioners and educators, SHoP’s commitment to challenging the process of building seeks to prove that “beauty and technological proficiency are not mutually exclusive.”

SHoP’s current work includes the Barclays Center at Atlantic Yards in Brooklyn; a two-mile esplanade and park for The City of New York along the East River Waterfront; projects for the Fashion Institute of Technology; and the new Botswana Innovation Hub in Gabarone, Botswana. Other projects include The Porter House, 290 Mulberry Street, and designs for the development of the South Street Seaport, all in New York, and Hangil Book House – Heyri Art Complex in Seoul. In addition to the partners, the office is currently comprised of 60 staff members and is located near City Hall in Lower Manhattan. SHoP recently received the 2009 National Design Award in Architecture Design from the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, as well as a 2008 SBIC Beyond Green High Performance Building Award.

Gregg Pasquarelli received a Bachelor of Science from the School of Business at Villanova University and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. He co-founded the architectural firm SHoP Architects in 1997 and has lectured, exhibited, and been published internationally. Pasquarelli was named the Saarinen Professor of Architecture at Yale University in fall 2006 and served as the Shure Professor of Architecture at The University of Virginia during the fall of 2003. He was an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation from 1996 through 2003. Pasquarelli serves on the Board of Directors for the Architectural League of New York and is a Young Leader’s Fellow of the National Committee on United States-China Relations.

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

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