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Space.City presents Stefan Behnisch
Downtown Seattle Public Library
Seattle, WA
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Space.City presents Stefan Behnisch

Expanding Practice Fall Lecture Series
Expanding Practice, the title of Space.City's fall lecture series, concentrates on paradigms and people that are reclaiming and reshaping the practice of architecture. The individuals selected to lecture represent a variety of sizes of practices, yet each offer, in their own way, innovative approaches to the process and pursuit of design. Whether it be rethinking the traditional business model of architecture, challenging the boundaries of the discipline, or expanding the conceptual possibilities of architectural effect, all the lecturers will serve to inspire a renewed spirit of design.

Stefan Behnisch, born 1957 in Stuttgart, studied philosophy and economics in Munich and architecture in Karlsruhe, Germany. He worked as an architect in Behnisch & Partner, the practice founded by his father Günter Behnisch, before establishing his own practice in 1989.  

This practice, Behnisch Architekten, became independent in 1991 and has built up a reputation for variousinnovative sustainable buildings, for example the Institute for Forestry and Nature Research in Wageningen, The Netherlands. As the firm expanded, further offices were founded in Los Angeles, CA (1999), in Boston, MA (2006), and in Munich (2009).

Stefan Behnisch has been an advocate of sustainable design since he started working as an architect. Many of his buildings received prestigious awards, and the Genzyme Center in Cambridge, MA, was rated LEED Platinum. He has worked on Harvard's Allston Science Complex in Allston/Boston and residential buildings in the USA and Germany, as well as on office buildings, laboratories, health care buildings, museums, etc. in various countries, the most recent completed ones being the Unilever headquarter building and the residential Marco Polo Tower in Hamburg's HafenCity, the National Centre for Tumour Diseases (NCT) in Heidelberg, and the Speed Skating Stadium "Max Aicher Arena" in Inzell.

Among his current projects are the John and Frances Angelos Law Center for the University of Baltimore and a Student Housing Complex in Berkeley. In 2007 Stefan Behnisch received a Global Award for Sustainable Architecture (one of five) and in 2009 a Good Design Award in the category "People" presented by the Chicago Athenaeum and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. In 2008 he was named Honorary Fellow of the AIA  American Institute of Architects. Stefan Behnisch has been the Eero Saarinen Chair visiting professor at Yale School of Architecture in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009, Miller Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Harry W. Porter Jr. Visiting Professor at the University of Virginia School of Architecture, and Visiting Professor at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland.

Tickets are $10 Advance, $12 at the door & $5 for students w/student id

* $20 Expanding Practice Fall Series Passes are also available at:
 (student passes are $10 & student id is required at the door)


SILVER Sponsors:
Anchor QEA
Dovetail Inc.
JAS Design Build
Walsh Construction Co.

Greg Bishop
Fryer Noble Company
The Miller Hull Partnership
The Naramore Foundation
Peter Miller Books
SHKS Architects
SSA Acoustics

Space.City works in partnership with Suyama Space.


Downtown Seattle Public Library
1000 Fourth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98164
United States

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