Merrill Elam – GAUD Critic at Large, Principal Mac Scogin Merrill Elam Architects (Atlanta), Harvard GSD John Portman Design Critic in Architecture

Mack Scogin – GAUD Critic at Large, Principal Mac Scogin Merrill Elam Architects (Atlanta), Harvard GSD Kajima Prof. In Practice in Architecture

Billie Tsien – Principal Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (NYC) + Charles Gwathmy Prof. In Practice in Architecture Yale SoA.

Tod Williams – Principal Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (NYC) + Charles Gwathmy Prof. In Practice in Architecture Yale SoA.

Moderator: Catherine Ingraham – GAUD Prof. + History Theory Coordinator

This Pratt Session will explore the concept of architectural context through differing and related conceptions of “patina” as both urban and material qualities present in the work and both firms and all four participants. The discussion seeks to highlight the importance of the affect of a building and its associated material sensibilities as critical aspects of community engagement and urban vitality in architectural design.

Organized by Graduate Architecture Chair David Erdman

About Pratt Sessions: This series brings together established and emerging, designers, thinkers, artists and/or philosophers from the NYC/Eastern seaboard region(s) with another similarly accomplished participant from a different region; typically the west coast. In short presentations that are followed by discussion, the participants are asked to address one of the two primary research themes established in the curriculum of the Graduate Architecture and Urban Design program.

Higgins Hall Auditorium