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Newsmakers

Architectural Record presents brief interviews with the personalities making headlines in the architecture world. From noteworthy architects to clients to policy makers, we speak with the people shaping the profession.

Barry Svigals

Barry Svigals
In February, Svigals and his colleagues unveiled three designs for the new school, and one—dubbed “Main Street” for its central, connecting corridor—was quickly embraced by town officials. Construction is set to begin later this year, with students in place by fall of 2016. Svigals spoke to RECORD by phone.

Photo © Kelly Jenson

Stephen Selkowitz

Stephen Selkowitz
Stephen Selkowitz is leader of the windows and envelope-materials group and senior advisor for building science at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) in Berkeley, California.

Photo © Eric Millette

James Polshek

James Polshek
James Polshek in the entrance his firm designed for the Brooklyn Museum.

Photo © Fred A. Bernstein

Dominique Perrault

Dominique Perrault
In July 2012, Dominique Perrault Architecture won a competition to transform France's biggest post office into a mixed-use municipal and commercial facility. The Poste Centrale du Louvre (Central Post Office of the Louvre) in Paris was built between 1880 and 1888.

Photo © Domus China

Patrik Schumacher

Patrik Schumacher
Patrik Schumacher, in ZHA's new building in Hong Kong, wearing a "parametric" dinner jacket he designed (made from laser-cut neoprene).

Photo courtesy Patrik Schumacher

The wooden water towers

Iván Navarro
The artist Iván Navarro takes an anachronistic piece of New York’s skyline and turns it into one of his perception-confounding, selfie-ready installations.

Photo by James Ewing Photography / courtesy Madison Square Park Conservancy

Cityvision Founders Francesco Lipari and Vanessa Todaro

Cityvision Founders Francesco Lipari and Vanessa Todaro
We speak with the founders of Cityvision, an independent architecture lab based in Rome. Their work is on view at the WUHO Gallery in Los Angeles through March 23, 2014.

Photo courtesy Cityvision

Rafael Viñoly

Rafael Viñoly
Rafael Viñoly discussed the design of 432 Park Avenue in the context of his high-rise work during a February 24 lecture hosted by The Skyscraper Museum.

Photo courtesy The Skyscraper Museum

David van der Leer

David van der Leer
Last year, van der Leer took the reins of the Van Alen Institute as its executive director. RECORD spoke with van der Leer about his plans.

Photo by Jonathan Bowen © The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York

Jenny Gersten

Jenny Gersten
Jenny Gersten, executive director of Friends of the High Line, on the infamous elevated rail line.

Photo courtesy Friends of the High Line © Liz Ligon

Sean Carlson Perry

Sean Carlson Perry
Using a unique business model, a New York-based designer aims to provide design services for the formerly homeless.

Photo courtesy Sean Carlson Perry

Tomas Koolhaas

Tomas Koolhaas
For the past two years filmmaker Tomas Koolhaas has been piecing together REM, a feature-length documentary about his father, his father’s buildings, and—most importantly—the people around them.

Photo courtesy Tomas Koolhaas

Zoë Ryan

Zoë Ryan
With her appointment as curator of the second Istanbul Design Biennial, set to take place from October 18 to December 14, 2014, British-born, U.S.-based Zoë Ryan is helping shape one of the most important new design events even as she approaches her third year as chair and curator of architecture and design at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Photo © Kyle LaMere

Carol Coletta

Carol Coletta
“By the time I was 12 or 13 years old, I knew that someday I would have something to do with influencing place,” says Carol Coletta of growing up in South Memphis.

Photo courtesy courtesy KnightFoundation.org

Ennead’s Richard Olcott

Ennead’s Richard Olcott
In the spring of 2011, Stanford University reached out to Richard Olcott, partner at Ennead Architects, asking him to design a new museum space for a major collection of artwork recently acquired by the school.

Image courtesy Ennead Architects

Mark Wigley

Mark Wigley
The outgoing dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) discusses the thinking behind his experimental legacy.

Photo via The Audi Urban Future Initiative

Michael Speaks

Michael Speaks
The dean of Syracuse University’s School of Architecture talks to RECORD on the occasion of his first midterm review.

Photo via The Audi Urban Future Initiative

Andreas Angelidakis

Andreas Angelidakis
Greek architect Andreas Angelidakis has a penchant for designing exhibitions that are all-encompassing experiences.

Photo © Giannis Vastardis

A Maggie's Centre, designed by Snøhetta, opened in Aberdeen, Scotland, on September 23.

Charles Jencks
The latest Maggie’s Centre, by the Oslo-based firm Snøhetta, opened in Aberdeen, Scotland, on September 23. “It looks kind of like an egg that’s cracking open,” says Charles Jencks, who co-founded Maggie’s Centres with his late wife and continues to serve as a board member. “In the center of the egg is a wooden element, like a geode.” Jencks spoke with Record by phone from his home in London.

Photo © Charles Jencks

An exhibition this summer at Berlin's Aedes showcased the research and planning scenarios that grew out of MyIdealCity.com

Winka Dubbeldam
The start of the school year marks Winka Dubbeldam’s first fall semester as chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design.

Photo courtesy Architecture Forum Aedes

Richard Meier

Richard Meier
As Meier celebrates the 50th anniversary of establishing his own practice, he reflects on his career and sticking with a Modernist vocabulary.

Photo © Richard Meier and Partners

Andy Klemmer

Andy Klemmer
This summer may be the busiest of Andy Klemmer’s life. Two buildings for which his firm, the New York-based Paratus Group, serves as project director—the Pérez Miami Art Museum, by Herzog & de Meuron, and an addition to the Kimbell Museum, in Fort Worth, by Renzo Piano—are racing toward fall openings, turning the New Yorker into a Florida-Texas commuter.

Photo courtesy Paratus Group

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