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AIA Luminaries

Get Michael Graves, Charles Gwathmey, David

Childs, and Paul Goldberger in the same room and let them

talk for 90 minutes. This is a celebrity panel on architecture if

ever there was one. It’s part of the state architecture association’s

Design Awards Day on Friday, November 5, at Princeton University,

and the morning program including the lunch costs $90 for non-members.

A standing-room only crowd is expected.

The day will include building tours, an awards presentation and

reception,

and two more panel discussions, one for mid-career architects, and

one for young career architects. The fee for the full day is $165,

and the reception only is $35. Call 609-393-5690.

"We did a similar function several years ago and had architects

come from as far as Kansas City to attend the lectures and tours,"

says Robin L. Murray, president elect of the New Jersey Society

of Architects, a chapter and region of the American Institute of

Architecture

(AIA). Murray has a practice in Trenton.

Goldberger is the former New York Times critic who moved to the New

Yorker two years ago. He will moderate the panel that includes Graves

(Princeton’s post-modern celebrity), Gwathmey (who has taught at

Princeton

but is presently a trustee at Cooper Union), and Childs, chairman

of Skidmore Owings & Merrill.

The trio of senior architects will address whether those in practice

for more than three decades feel prepared for the world in which they

now practice. Among the questions: Do they feel as if they have been

a part of the creation of a new world of global technologically driven

practice, or do they feel buffeted by it? Has change been overstated?

How important is change in the ongoing process of creative growth

— do they feel pressure to continue to innovate esthetically or

do they prefer to continue to work in the style with which they have

been identified?

The last question for this celebrity panel concerns their status as

celebrities: Does fame affect their work?


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