CGBC Lecture Series

“Discovering Form Through Performance: From Master Planning to the Tallest Building in the World”

Gordon Gill, Architect and Founding Partner of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Date: April 20th, 1:00pm
Location: Gund Hall, Room 111
48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Audience: This event is open to the public.

The lecture is followed by a conversation moderated by Professor Ali Malkawi, Founding Director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities. 

Gordon Gill is one of the world’s preeminent exponents of performance-based architecture. His work, which ranges from the world’s largest buildings to sustainable communities, is driven by his philosophy that there is a purposeful relationship between formal design and performance; and that there is a language of performance, which is the basis of his practice: Form Follows Performance.

A founding partner of award-winning Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Gordon’s work includes the design of the world’s first net zero-energy skyscraper, the Pearl River Tower (designed at SOM Chicago), the world’s first large-scale positive energy building, Masdar Headquarters, the world’s tallest tower, Kingdom Tower in Jeddah Saudi Arabia and most recently the design of Astana Expo 2017 and its sustainable legacy community for Astana, Kazakhstan. These landmark projects pursue energy independence by harnessing the power of natural forces on site and striking a balance with their environmental contexts. Gordon’s designs also include performing arts centers, museums, strategic carbon planning and urban master plans across the globe.

His work has been published and exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally and his designs have repeatedly been recognized by the American Institute of Architects. In 2009 he was selected as Chicago’s Best Emerging Architect by the Chicago Reader and in 2013 Gordon was elected to The College of Fellows at the American Institute of Architects.

Prior to founding AS+GG in 2006, Gordon was an Associate Partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and a Director of Design for VOA Associates.

 

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“Integrating Flow and Energy in High Rise Structures”

Benjamín Romano, Architect and Founder of LBR&A Arquitectos

Date: March 30th, 1:00pm
Location: Gund Hall, Room 111
48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
Audience: This event is open to the public.

The lecture is followed by a conversation moderated by Professor Ali Malkawi, Founding Director of the Harvard Center for Green Buildings and Cities. 

The lecture is co-sponsored by the Mexican Cities Initiative.

Benjamín Romano is a Mexico City-based architect and the founder of the firm, LBR&A Arquitectos. He was the lead architect of Torre Reforma—the second-tallest building in Mexico—a 57-story exposed concrete high-rise that overlooks the expansive Chapultepec Park. LBR&A Arquitectos has been involved in office, residential, cultural and industrial projects across Mexico City and beyond. The firm is known for its attention to contemporary design, high-tech and sustainable solutions, and flexibility in space.

Romano finished his first construction project, two manufacturing plants for the apparel industry in Hidalgo, Mexico, in 1978, while completing his bachelor’s degree in Architecture & Urbanism from Universidad Iberoamericana. He has taught in various capacities at the Universidad Iberoamericana since 1982, and lectured worldwide.

Romano is currently an Expert in Residence at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Visiting Affiliated Faculty Member at the CGBC.