It's June and the Big News here is that we have selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA) as designers of the Institute's permanent home! They will collaborate with TEF of San Francisco and landscape architect Cheryl Barton. Along with picking our architects, the past two months have been jammed with events and activities for us. So this post is a quick catch-up as the academic year winds down.
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April was a busy month for the Institute. We started off with the architect search public event April 3 (which was terrific, see my last post), and the next week we had the Portland-based art collective Public Doors and Windows here for three days of planning, interviews on campus, and a terrific "art walk" with students, faculty, and staff trekking all across campus. All of this is part of the innovative and eye-opening two-year residency we are embarking on with Harrell Fletcher, Molly Sherman, and Nolan Calisch of PDW.
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.