We had three truly excellent presentations on April 3 by the three finalists in our search for an architect for the Institute of the Arts and Sciences. We were in the Surf Room of the Dream Inn, with around 150 people on hand to hear Tod Williams and Billie Tsien (of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects), Brad Cloepfil (the founder and principal of Allied Works Architecture), and John and Patricia Patkau (of Patkau Architects, who teamed up with Fong & Chan Architecture of San Francisco). It was a memorable evening, and a huge step forward in the Institute's trajectory.
Things have been exciting here recently on the architecture front. We had a great group of 39 architects submit information in response to the University's Request for Qualifications in December of last year. Then in January we invited seven firms to campus for two days of interviews.
We've done four Leonardo Art and Science Evening Rendezvous events this year, known as LASERs. They've featured excellent speakers from on and off campus, and we have been gratified by strong audience turnouts, including several cases where we had to scramble to add chairs at the last minute after putting out what we thought was a generous number. Conceptualized and first organized by Piero Scaruffi at Stanford, LASERs are conceived as a way to attract audiences for the arts and sciences that would not normally mix.