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Architects Who Designed UC’s Campus Return for Oct. 25-26 Symposium

Leading architects – including a number of those who designed buildings on UC’s celebrated campus over the past two decades – will return for an Oct. 25-26 campus conference

Date: 10/1/2012 12:00:00 AM
By: M.B. Reilly
Phone: (513) 556-1824
Photos By: Dottie Stover and Andrew Higley

UC ingot   The University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning (DAAP) will soon host a gathering of some of the best-known architects in the world, including some of those who designed the buildings on UC’s campus (which has been recognized by Forbes and others as among the most beautiful in the world).
DAAP addition
The Peter Eisenman-designed Aronoff Center for Design & Art, an addition to the UC College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning.

Among those attending the Oct. 25-26 “Surface Conversations” symposium at UC are

  • Peter Eisenman, founder and principal of Eisenman Architects, the firm which designed the Aronoff Center for Design & Art, an addition to UC’s DAAP that integrates with and links three older structures.

  • Andrea Leers, principal and co-founder of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, the firm which designed UC’s University Pavilion.
  • Jane Weinzapfel, principal and co-founder of Leers Weinzapfel Associates, the firm which designed UC’s University Pavilion.

Numerous other participants – professional designers, researchers, engineers, academicians, design writers and critics – will also take part. A full listing of workshops and presentations is available online.
UC alumnus Michael Graves designed the Engineering Research Center.
UC alumnus Michael Graves designed campus' Engineering Research Center.

The symposium will consist of presentations, workshops and panel discussions addressing how and why buildings and landscapes – particularly those on college campuses – will/should/may evolve or be affected by trends in architecture, landscapes, design theory and philosophy, planning, urbanism and technology. While the conference addresses larger issues, UC’s campus will serve as a microcosm of the opportunities and challenges facing today’s building environments and campuses. 

In recent decades, many colleges and universities have tested the boundaries of design with daring architecture – some with one or two buildings, others with larger campus revamps.

Said conference co-organizer Patricia Kucker, DAAP associate dean, “The conference is about discussing growth and discovery in a variety of fields allied with design, as well as the best means for strategically and responsibly evolving our campus environments and buildings in the future in order to serve our larger purposes as educators and professionals.”

Given its widely recognized campus makeover, which has resulted in global recognition of its campus architecture – including accolades from Forbes, Delta SKY and Travel + Leisure magazines and the American Institute of Architects – UC is strongly positioned to provide leadership in discussion of the design and architectural issues facing college campuses and other environments.

Previously, the university earned a prestigious Getty Foundation grant to fund how to preserve its modern architecture.
UC architecture
At left is Thom Mayne's Campus Recreation Center. Center is Buzz Yudell's Steger Student Life Center.