Renaissance Designers: Architects as Artists

SAT, DEC 5, 2009 (1:34:16)

Some of Atlanta's most talented architects discuss how an artistic practice informs their architectural practice and in turn how their architectural work inspires their art making. This program is presented in collaboration with the Atlanta Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

+ BIO: Merrill Elam

Georgia State University, Master of Business Administration, 1982 Harvard Graduate School of Design, Management of Design and Planning Firms Short Course, 1980 Georgia Institute of Technology, Bachelor of Architecture, 1971

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE Principal, Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects, Inc., 2000–present Principal, Scogin Elam and Bray Architects, Inc., 1984–2000 Architect and Senior Associate, Heery and Heery, Architects and Engineers, Inc., 1969–1981 Intern, Taylor and Collum Architects, 1967–1969

+ BIO: Oscar Harris, FAIA

Considered to be one of Atlanta's most influential businessmen and also recognized as one of the area's most successful small business owners, Oscar Harris has been leading Turner Associates since 1977. Soon after joining the firm, he purchased the Atlanta branch of the firm in 1977; purchasing all of Turner's operations and became one of Atlanta's leading architectural and planning firms.

The firm has been involved in the conceptualization, planning, design, and project management of the new Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Expansion and the MARTA System in Atlanta. His thesis, A Methodology for Developing Security Criteria for Transit" (Carnegie Mellon 1971) brought him to Atlanta to work on the MARTA system. Since that time Turner Associates has designed and planned numerous transit stations in Atlanta, Cleveland and Florida. The firm is also involved in numerous Transit Oriented Developments (TODs) in Atlanta. In addition to transit, Turner Associates designed the Centennial Olympic Park architecture that has become an iconic symbol for the City of Atlanta.

His ability to work with community organizations and clients to form consensus of vision through "visioning" workshops has allowed Turner Associates to become a premier expert in TODs and transit integration into communities. As Senior Trustee of the Urban Land Institute Oscar, is also contributing author for ULI's "Ten Principles for Successful Developments Around Transit."

+ BIO: Amy Landesberg

Landesberg is an Atlanta-based public artist and architect whose projects include a large-scale installation on the exterior of the Fulton County Center for Health and Rehabilitation and "Power Wrap," an enclosure for an electrical sub-station owned by Georgia Tech and Georgia Power.

+ BIO: Dr. William J. Carpenter, FAIA

Dr. William J. Carpenter, FAIA, is the founder and president of Lightroom Studio. He is a nationally recognized architect and educator. He has won numerous design awards and accolades for his teaching. He is a founder of Lightroom, a nationally award winning design firm in Decatur, Georgia specializing in architecture and new media projects for commercial and residential clients. Carpenter received the national ACSA/AIAS Educator of the Year Award in 2000 and the National Young Architects Citation in 1997. He was elected as a Fellow in the AIA in 2000. He is also author of an important and well-regarded book; Learning by Building: Design and Construction in Architectural Education, Wiley, 1997. His work has been published in Southern Living, Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles, Print Magazine Atlanta Magazine and ERA April, 2006. He studied and worked for renowned architect and AIA Gold Medalist Samuel Mockbee FAIA and New York architect Norman Jaffe FAIA known for his elegant buildings that respond to the landscape. After weeks of hard studying in the summer of 2009, Bill became LEED certified. When he doesn't have his nose to the drafting table, Bill can be found hanging out with his two lovely daughters or trotting the globe in search of adventure.

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