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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.

Tom Bassett

Tom Bassett, Director of "Briefly" Film
By day the CEO of design and brand strategy firm Bassett & Partners, Tom Bassett moonlights as an occasional filmmaker.

Photo courtesy Briefly

David Mohney

David Mohney, Acting Dean of the Michael Graves School of Architecture
David Mohney has taken a one-year-leave from the University of Kentucky College of Architecture to help create the Michael Graves School at Kean University, which will have two campuses, one in New Jersey and the other in Wenzhou, China.

Photo courtesy Kean University

John Tuomey and O’Donnell

Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey
Each year a new name is chiseled into the stone-lined foyer of RIBA’s London headquarters—as will be, in early 2015, the names of Dublin-based pair Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey.

Photo © Amelia Stein

Adam Reed Tucker

Adam Reed Tucker
Adam Reed Tucker, a Chicago-based architect, conceived the concept for Lego Architecture, an elegant series of building sets celebrated in Lego Architecture: The Visual Guide, published last month.

Photo courtesy DK Publishing

Marco Orsini

Marco Orsini
Marco Orsini began producing television in 1999 and has since written, produced, and directed two documentaries, not including Gray Matters. He is founder and director of Mojo Entertainment LLC since 1998 and President of the International Emerging Film Talent Association (IEFTA) since 2005. He has travelled extensively to Ethiopia where the IEFTA has worked to promote young Ethiopian filmmakers and where Orsini filmed a 2009 documentary, The Reluctant Traveler.

Photo © Celina Lavotha

Ali Malkawi

Ali Malkawi
Ali Malkawi has very good timing. In 2013 he moved from the University of Pennsylvania, where he had taught architecture and computational simulation—a sophisticated means of predicting building performance—for more than a decade, to Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he is a professor of Architectural Technology.

Photo courtesy of Harvard Graduate School of Design

David Adjaye

David Adjaye
On Tuesday, David Adjaye received a W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University, along with 12 Years a Slave filmmaker Steve McQueen, the late writer and activist Maya Angelou, and six others who were recognized for their contributions to African American culture.

Photo courtesy Culture Lab Detroit

Natascha Drabbe

Natascha Drabbe, Founder of the Iconic Houses Network
In November, the organization will hold its biggest meeting yet, in Barcelona.

Photo © Jeltje Janmaat

Jeff Kowalski

Jeff Kowalski
“We have an extraordinary talent base that can make stuff,” says Jeff Kowalski, “but we also need those folks who can will new things into existence by virtue of talking and sharing stories about them.” Kowalski, senior vice president and chief technology officer of Autodesk, is involved in each of these initiatives: “I figure out how the technical components fit together, and where they’re heading.”

Photo © TJ Rak, courtesy Autodesk

David Hutchinson

David Hutchinson
An architect at Perkins Eastman, Hutchinson combines his obsession with embedding coding in art together with a De Stijl-inspired aesthetic and his love of French author Jean Genet in a new exhibition of his artwork.

Photo courtesy The Lionheart Gallery

Abraham Thomas

Abraham Thomas
Abraham Thomas became the director of the Soane Museum last December.

Photo courtesy Sir John Soane's Museum

Beatrice Galilee

Beatrice Galilee
Beatrice Galilee is the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s first Daniel Brodsky Associate Curator of Architecture and Design.

Photo © Lynton Pepper

Scott Rothkopf

Scott Rothkopf
Museum curators tend to stay behind the scenes, especially when high-profile artists are involved. But the Whitney Museum of American Art’s Jeff Koons: A Retrospective, which runs through October 19, has been so lavishly praised that its curator, Scott Rothkopf, couldn’t stay out of the spotlight if he tried.

Pictured: Jeff Koons, left, and Scott Rothkopf; Photo courtesy Social Shutterbug

Stephen M. Ross

Stephen M. Ross
Last month the Related Companies founder and chairman gave $30.5 million to the World Resources Institute (WRI), where he serves on the board of directors. Ross spoke with RECORD about his donation and the accompanying launch of the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities.

Photo courtesy Related Companies

Smiljan Radic

Smiljan Radic
Occupying a footprint of some 3,700 square feet, Radic’s semi-translucent, cylindrical structure was designed to resemble a shell, resting on large quarry stones. Its flexible, multi-purpose social space features a café. The Pavilion’s four-month tenure in the park launches next week as part of the London Festival of Architecture. RECORD spoke with Radic about the honor.

Photo © Hisao Suzuki

Gere Kavanaugh

Gere Kavanaugh
Last year, LADF introduced the Julia Morgan Icon Award, intended to recognize a bold woman and her outstanding contributions to the design industry. This year’s recipient is Gere Kavanaugh, one of California’s pioneer female designers.

Photo © Christine Kim

Eric Cesal

Eric Cesal
On the phone from Kigali, Rwanda, where he was visiting AFH’s Kimisagara Football for Hope Centre, Cesal discussed the changing role of the architect, what’s next for Architecture for Humanity, and his beef with the word “resilience.”

Photo courtesy Architecture for Humanity

Marc Norman

Marc Norman
Marc Norman has been the director of UPSTATE: A Center for Design, Research, and Real Estate at the Syracuse University School of Architecture since 2012.

Photo courtesy Syracuse University

Lynn Richards

Lynn Richards
On June 4, when the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) begins its annual meeting in Buffalo, a new president, Lynn Richards, will greet its members. Richards spoke with Record about her new responsibilities.

Photo © David Cooper

Eva Kotátková

Eva Kotátková
The Czech artist discusses her installation “The Architecture of Sleep” at the Frieze Art Fair.

Photograph by Marco Scozzaro / Courtesy Frieze

Hélène Binet

Hélène Binet
RECORD spoke with Binet about the work on view, how she approaches her practice, and the relationship between photographer and architect. This fall, her work will also be featured in Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age at The Barbican in London, September 25, 2014-January 11, 2015.

Photo by Grazia Cantoni

Theaster Gates

Theaster Gates
RECORD talked with Gates in Detroit, where he participated in the second annual Culture Lab Detroit, a conference that engages design and entrepreneurial talent to bring awareness to and stimulate development in the Motor City. On May 1, Gates will present the 10th annual Lewis Mumford Lecture at The City College of New York.

Photo by Sara Pooley, courtesy Theaster Gates

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

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