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2009 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.

Dennis Findley, AIA

An alum of Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, Dennis Findley has a diverse portfolio that includes an Atlanta natural history museum and an embassy in Algeria.

Photo courtesy Dennis Findley

Donald Albrecht

Donald Albrecht is the curator of architecture and design at the Museum of the City of New York. In recent years, he also has served as curator of the traveling exhibition Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, the first-ever retrospective of the influential Finnish-American architect.

Photo courtesy Page Southerland Page

David Dillard

On October 6, after the sleepovers end, the participants will present their results at a workshop at the firm’s headquarters in Baltimore. Meanwhile, in a sneak peek, David Dillard explains his unconventional approach to RECORD.

Photo © Jay Janner for Architectural Record

Cameron Sinclair

When Cameron Sinclair co-founded Architecture for Humanity (AFH), the organization consisted of a Web site and two part-time volunteers. 10 years later, AFH has constructed an international network of 40,000 professionals committed to advancing and enabling humanitarian and socially conscious architecture, and, by its estimate, has been involved in building projects that have directly affected 700,000 people worldwide.

Photo © Francine Daveta

Ray Kappe

RECORD's editor in chief Robert Ivy talks with Ray Kappe, FAIA, a master of California Midcentury Modernism who has shown resilience in recent years, adapting to advances in prefabrication and sustainable building

Photo © Jeff Corwin

Michael Meredith and Hilary Sample

RECORD’s Mae Ryan recently spoke with Hilary and Michael about their furry design, the difficulties of construction in constant rain and how the community has responded to Afterparty.

Photo courtesy MOS

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Monica Ponce de Leon

When Bay Area architect Chris Downey lost his sight last year, he refused to consider a career change. Though surgery for a benign tumor near his optic nerve had left him blind, he returned to work just a month later. “I could hardly walk around,” says Downey, 46, who at the time was running a green modular-housing firm. But, he recalls thinking, “There’s something worthwhile if you can figure out how to do it.”

Photo © Curt Campbell

Monica Ponce de Leon

Nearly two decades ago, the Metropolitan Museum of Art completed the 1970 master plan by Kevin Roche, FAIA, of Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates (KRJDA), for its building in New York City’s Central Park. Since then, the museum may not expand up or out on its site.

 

Peter Morris

With U.S. economy in shambles, the question looms: How will the recession affect the green-building market? RECORD put the question to Peter Morris, principal of the construction consultancy Davis Langdon. Morris heads up the firm’s research initiatives.

Photo courtesy Peter Morris

Jürgen Mayer H.

When SFMOMA gave J. Mayer H. a show, the Berlin-based studio couldn’t have been expected to do anything tame. No framed drawings, no models here. After all, this is the firm that designed a Danish science museum in the shape of a hot rod flame, and stretched out an old German house like silly putty to make a new one.

Photo © Oliver Helbig

John Morefield

At the farmers’ market in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood, people can’t help but ask John Morefield what he is selling. “We’re selling architecture!” he answers. “Have questions about your house? Kitchen too small? Bathroom not working? Drop a nickel into the cup.”

Photo © Mohini Patel Glanz

Godsill and Jiang

Stand outside, and the glass overlay gives a semblance of order to the jumble of information, but step into the gallery, and abandon all clarity, ye who enter here. That’s the point though, Godsill and Jiang agree, as they walk me through the space.

Photo courtesy of the New Museum

Daniel Libeskind

When the last monograph surveying Daniel Libeskind’s work was published—some eight years ago—the New York architect was riding a wave of praise for his Jewish Museum in Berlin. The project had won him international renown, putting him in league with other architects at the top of the profession. But at the time, the museum was one of his few built works.

Photo courtesy of the New Museum

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